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Professor Matthew Carmona

Sir Peter Hall Award finalist

The “public-isation” of private space – towards a charter of public space rights and responsibilities

Professor Matthew Carmona MRTPI

(University College London, The Bartlett School of Planning)

 

Full entry title

Matthew Carmona (2021): The “public-isation” of private space – towards a charter of public space rights and responsibilities, Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability. Read here.

Research description

There has been much written about the ‘privatisation of public space’. This research explores and challenges these narratives by questioning whether we have seen a privatisation at all. Through an analysis of historic and contemporary data, it concludes that we have actually witnessed the reverse, a ‘public-isation of private space’. At the same time, the public interest management implications are just as real for public-isation as for privatisation processes. Through action research the idea of public authorities adopting a charter of public space rights and responsibilities is tested in order that the potential benefits of public space projects are captured and negative impacts avoided.

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