Public Space: The Management Dimension

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Matthew Carmona, Claudio de Magalh„es, Leo Hammond
Taylor & Francis, May 29, 2008 - Architecture - 232 pages
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In both the UK and the US there is a sense of dissatisfaction and pessimism about the state of urban environments, particularly with the quality of everyday public spaces. Explanations for this have emphasized the poor quality of design that characterizes many new public spaces; spaces that are dominated by parking, roads infrastructure, introspective buildings, a lack of enclosure and a poor sense of place, and which in different ways for different groups are too often exclusionary.

Yet many well designed public spaces have also experienced decline and neglect, as the services and activities upon which the continuing quality of those spaces have been subject to the same constraints and pressures for change as public services in general. These issues touch upon the daily management of public space, that is, the coordination of the many different activities that constantly define and redefine the characteristics and quality of public space.

This book draws on three empirical projects to examine the questions of public space management on an international stage. They are set within a context of theoretical debates about public space, its history, contemporary patterns of use and changing nature in western society, and about the new management approaches that are increasingly being adopted.

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About the author (2008)

Matthew Carmona is Professor of Planning and Urban Design and Head of UCL’s Bartlett School of Planning. He is an architect-planner with research interests that span the policy context for delivering better quality built environments. His books are The Design Dimension of Planning (1997), Housing Design Quality (2001), Delivering New Homes (2003), and Measuring Quality in Planning (2004), all published by Routledge, and Public Places Urban Spaces (2003), and Urban Design Reader (2007).

Claudio de Magalh„es is Senior Lecturer at UCL’s Bartlett School of Planning, and Director of the MSc Urban Regeneration. He is an architect-planner, with research interests focusing on the relationship between urban governance, urban design, public space and an increasingly globalised property market. He has published widely on these topics including his book Urban Governance, Institutional Capacity and Social Milieux (2002).

Leo Hammond took his MPhil Town Planning at UCL’s Bartlett School of Planning, following which he was appointed as Research Fellow. Subsequently he has worked as an urban designer in private practice and as a conservation officer at the London Borough of Camden.

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