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The Urban Public Space and the Evolution of its Role

The Urban Public Space and the Evolution of its Role

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Published by Irina Ciocan
From ancient time until nowadays
, from the Agora and Forum to today‟s
corporate plaza or shopping mall, the public open spaces have always beencrucial elements of the urban areas that contribute to quality of life on manydifferent layers. The dimensions of the public urban space range from socialservices, health services and environmental services to economic benefits.From green spaces (parks and gardens, play areas, and sports facilities) tocivic spaces (landscaped plazas or public squares, shopping centers, festivalsites, pedestrian streets and promenades), the following common trends can be subtracted: public spaces that were once clearly in the public domain areincreasingly under private ownership and control, although we still think of them
as “public spaces”; there is ever more surveillance
of these publicspaces for security reasons; and the design of many public spaces has come
to be more playful, often employing “theme

parks”, breaking the
connections with local history and geography
From ancient time until nowadays
, from the Agora and Forum to today‟s
corporate plaza or shopping mall, the public open spaces have always beencrucial elements of the urban areas that contribute to quality of life on manydifferent layers. The dimensions of the public urban space range from socialservices, health services and environmental services to economic benefits.From green spaces (parks and gardens, play areas, and sports facilities) tocivic spaces (landscaped plazas or public squares, shopping centers, festivalsites, pedestrian streets and promenades), the following common trends can be subtracted: public spaces that were once clearly in the public domain areincreasingly under private ownership and control, although we still think of them
as “public spaces”; there is ever more surveillance
of these publicspaces for security reasons; and the design of many public spaces has come
to be more playful, often employing “theme

parks”, breaking the
connections with local history and geography

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Published by: Irina Ciocan on Oct 25, 2013
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