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Public Space in the City Centre

Professor Bob Giddings - Chair of Architecture and Urban Design - Northumbria University.

Thursday, 12 September 2013 at 6:02PM - 8:02PM
Central Square, Forth Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 3PJ, UK
RTPI North East

This Talk will explore the role and design of public space in the city centre; and in particular public squares as part of a pedestrainised network. Historically,  these were places for the community rather than the individual; and were representative of the settlement and the values of the society that created them.  However, before the end of the 20th Century their functions became outdated or changed location.  Often, they began to appear as unattractive traffic islads,  car parks or just empty neglected spaces.  Through the ravages of privatisaion and globalisatin, the public realm was removed from community influence.  This talk will consider the importance of city squares, their re-introduction and the recent revival of their traditional political role.

Organised in association with the Landscape Institute - NE.