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Rethinking Public Space

9781800884571 Edward Elgar Publishing
Ali Madanipour, Professor of Urban Design, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University, UK
Publication Date: January 2023 ISBN: 978 1 80088 457 1 Extent: c 224 pp
Taking a critical perspective, this book rethinks public space in the context of contemporary global health and economic crises, as well as technological, political and cultural change. In order to do so, Ali Madanipour brings together two often unrelated discourses: public space and social inclusion, interrogating the potential for public spaces to contribute to inclusive social practices.

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Taking a critical perspective, this book rethinks public space in the context of contemporary global health and economic crises, as well as technological, political and cultural change. In order to do so, Ali Madanipour brings together two often unrelated discourses: public space and social inclusion, interrogating the potential for public spaces to contribute to inclusive social practices.

Organized in two parts, the book first highlights various common meanings and philosophical concepts of public space, examining them in their constitution and application. Madanipour runs these concepts past the test of social practice, through the economic, political and cultural dimensions of social exclusion and inclusion. Chapters further analyse public space in its different forms: physical, institutional and technological, offering a wide-ranging and thought-provoking take on the concept.

Timely and innovative, this book will be an invigorating read for urban studies, planning and human geography scholars, particularly those focusing on public space, social inclusion and urban processes.
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‘The COVID-19 pandemic, social movements and communications technologies have reshaped the nature of public urban space and public life. In this extraordinarily erudite examination, Professor Madanipour draws together the observations of philosophers and researchers on the meaning of public space and of accessibility to it. He does so in a manner highly informative for anyone interested in civic life, present and future.’
– Jon Lang, University of New South Wales, Australia
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