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"Companion to Public Space" - a new book by CFP guest researcher Vikas Mehta

Published Aug 10, 2020

The Companion to Public Space draws together an outstanding multidisciplinary collection of specially commissioned chapters that offer the state of the art in the intellectual discourse, scholarship, research, and principles of understanding in the construction of public space.

Thematically, the volume crosses disciplinary boundaries and traverses territories to address the philosophical, political, legal, planning, design, and management issues in the social construction of public space. The Companion uniquely assembles important voices from diverse fields of philosophy, political science, geography, anthropology, sociology, urban design and planning, architecture, art, and many more, under one cover. It addresses the complete ecology of the topic to expose the interrelated issues, challenges, and opportunities of public space in the twenty-first century.

The book is primarily intended for scholars and graduate students for whom it will provide an invaluable and up-to-date guide to current thinking across the range of disciplines that converge in the study of public space. The Companion will also be of use to practitioners and public officials who deal with the planning, design, and management of public spaces.

Vikas Mehta

The book was edited by CFP guest researcher Vikas Mehta who is part of the Public Space Database Project  and Daniel Palazzo.

The following CFP researchers are also represented in the book:

  • Elahe Karimnia and Tigran Haas - Appropriation of public space: a dialectical approach in designing publicness

  • Setha Low - Social justice as a framework for evaluating public space

  • Luisa Bravo - Public Space and the New Urban Agenda: fostering a human-centered approach for the future of our cities

  • Sabine Knierbein - Public space and the political – reconnecting urban resistance and urban emancipation

  • Michael Mehaffy and Peter Elmlund - The private lives of public spaces

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