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Providing Public Space in a Contemporary Metropolis

Dilemmas and Lessons from London and Hong Kong

By Claudio De Magalhães and Louie Sieh

Published

Jun 26, 2024

Page count

216 pages

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Urban Policy, Planning and the Built Environment

ISBN

978-1447358855

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Jun 26, 2024

Page count

216 pages

Browse the series

Urban Policy, Planning and the Built Environment

ISBN

978-1447358879

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press
Providing Public Space in a Contemporary Metropolis

Increasingly, public space provision and management are being transferred from the public sector to real estate developers, private sector organisations, voluntary groups and community bodies. Contrasting the more historical, horizontal character of London with the intense street life of high-rise Hong Kong, this book tells the story of the two cities’ relationships with non-traditional forms of public space governance.

The authors consider the implications for the ‘publicness’ of these complex spaces and the challenges and impacts that different forms of provision have on those with a stake in them, and on the cities as a whole.

Claudio De Magalhães is Head of the Bartlett School of Planning at University College London.

Louie Sieh is Programme Leader for Architectural Studies at City University of Hong Kong.

1.Introduction

2.Conceptualising Public Space for Governance: A Complex Shared Common Good

3.The Nature of Publicness

4.The Governance and Management of Public Space

5.Public Space Management in London and Hong Kong

6.The Quantitative Challenges of Public Space Provision and Management

7.The Qualitative Challenges of Public Space Provision and Management: Quality and Responsiveness

8.Conclusions and the Sketch of a Practical Theory of Public Space Governance