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Public Space and the Challenges of Urban Transformation in Europe

European cities are changing rapidly in part due to the process of de-industrialization, European integration and economic globalization. Within those cities public spaces are the meeting place of politics and culture, social and individual territories, instrumental and expressive concerns. Public Space and the Challenges of Urban Transformation in Europe investigates how European city authorities understand and deal with their public spaces, how this interacts with market forces, social norms and cultural expectations, whether and how this relates to the needs and experiences of their citizens, exploring new strategies and innovative practices for strengthening public spaces and urban culture. These questions are explored by looking at 13 case studies from across Europe, written by active scholars in the area of public space and organized in three parts: * strategies, plans and policies * multiple roles of public space * and everyday life in the city. This book is essential reading for students and scholars interested in the design and development of public space. The European case studies provide interesting examples and comparisons of how cities deal with their public space and issues of space and society.
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Chapter 1 A moment of transformation Ali Madanipour, Sabine Knierbein, and Aglaee Degros Part I STRATEGIES, PLANS AND POLICIES Chapter 2 Urban spaces as public action 'made durable': Open spaces and urban change in Milan Massimo Bricocoli and Paola Savoldi Chapter 3 Vienna: (Re)framing public policies, (re)shaping public spaces? Sabine Knierbein, Ali Madanipour and Aglaee Degros Chapter 4 The Return of the port as public space in Antwerp Katja Hackenberg Chapter 5 Exchange in the street: Rethinking open-air markets in Budapest Levente Polyak Part II MULTIPLE ROLES OF PUBLIC SPACE Chapter 6 4,000,000 m^2 of public space: The Berlin 'Tempelhofer Feld' and a short walk with Lefebvre and Laclau Nikolai Roskamm Chapter 7 How to build the public spaces of a democracy? The design of new public spaces in the city centre of Dresden after reunification Chloe Voisin-Bormuth Chapter 8 Memorials and material dislocation: The politics of public space in Warsaw Jerzy Elzanowski Chapter 9 Urban public spaces in Switzerland: 'Betwixt and between' performance and competence Monika Litscher Part III EVERYDAY LIFE AND SHARING THE CITY Chapter 10 Urban transformation, social transition: Barbes, Paris, where 'otherness' takes (public) place Maria Anita Palumbo Chapter 11 Public, private and other spaces in multicultural Hackney, London: Spatial aspects of local ethnic-religious relations Penny (Panagiota) Koutrolikou Chapter 12 Inhabiting cities, domesticating public space: Making sense of the changing public life of contemporary London Regan Koch and Alan Latham Chapter 13 The everyday life and sharing of public and private open space in Istanbul's informal settlements Noah Billig Chapter 14 Segregative power of violence in Belfast and Naples: Exploring the role of public spaces reconnecting divided societies Gabriella Esposito De Vita Chapter 15 Public space and the challenges of urban transformation in Europe Ali Madanipour, Sabine Knierbein, and Aglaee Degros References Index


"Public Space and the Challenges of Urban Transformation in Europe is an excellent resource for teachers of Urban Studies, Urban Geography, or European regional urban courses. Students of European cities will learn that public spaces are "crossroads" that when critically analysed can reveal the complexity of European societies, the multiple forces shaping European cities, and the democratic potentials of public spaces." - Joaquin Villanueva, Gustavus Adolphus College

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