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Capital Spaces: The Multiple Complex Public Spaces of a Global City

Matthew Carmona and Filipa Matos Wunderlich

  • Format: Book

  • Pages: 304

  • Publisher: Routledge

  • Date Published: Aug 2012

  • Stock Code: 78910

  • ISBN: 9780415527095

  • Binding: Paperback

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Crtiques of contemporary public space argue that free rein has too often been given to the market to shape urban public space in its own interests whilst the public sector has been relegated to the edges of the space-making process. The result, it is argued, is public space that, whilst meeting a certain set of private objectives (profitable, safe, unchallenging, etc.), fails to meet the needs of a wider public interest and of the diversity of users that make up society.

Is it really that bad? Crudely, that is the question that this book attempts to address through a detailed investigation of the complex and evolving public spaces that have been designed and developed, used and managed in London since 1980. Through the crucible of this pre-eminent global city, with all its attendant economic, social and political complexities, the book navigates the contemporary debates on public space, and reveals important conclusions of relevance to both the local practice and international theory of public space creation and recreation in the twenty-first century.

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