Evolving roles of public spaces in post industrial cities

From agora of the polis, and open market places of medieval cities to today’s shopping malls, corporate plazas, atria and festival places, public spaces have been one of the crucial components of cities for centuries. Despite their evident importance in cities, public spaces have become subject to broad concern over the last three decades, particularly under the influence of globalisation and privatisation policies, city-marketing and imaging programmes and urban regeneration projects that have led to a significant improvement in their quality. Nevertheless, public space literature has frequently hinted at the changing roles and features of the public spaces. This paper is set up to draw attention to these changes in the post-industrial cities. It defines the multiple roles of public realms in cities. Reviewing the public space literature of the last 25-30 years, it describes new types of public spaces in the landscape of post-industrial cities. Then, depicting the design and management characteristics, it underlines the changing roles of the public spaces of the post-industrial cities, and seeks to give clues for urban planning and design practice.


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Citation Formats
Z. M. Akkar Ercan, “Evolving roles of public spaces in post industrial cities,” 2010, p. 1, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/73984.