German
01/01
Hamish Fulton, Mankingholes on the pennine Way, 1973
Text

Space

Public space
Half the world’s population lives in cities. Their lives are played out in private and public space. But how do these two spheres differ from one another? It is not always clear where one ends and the other begins, in fact the distinction becomes more and more blurred. Public space is increasingly being usurped by private interests, for example in cases where it is allocated for use by private companies. Although this process is sometimes quite tangible and visible, it also proceeds in a manner one hardly notices. One example of this is the Disneyfication of Times Square in New York. Deliberately and patently at odds with this trend are the attempts by many small, socially engaged or politically motivated groups, street artists and ‘guerilla gardeners’ to reappropriate parts of the public sphere – either legally or illegally. In view of the global urbanization process, questions concerning public space need to be looked into in depth. However, until now the criteria for evaluating the quality of this space have barely been developed. If one wishes to contribute to the improvement of public spaces, it is essential to take these questions into consideration.

Walking
Place
Design
Process Cartography
Model
Typology
Space
Theory of space
Public space
Hyperculturality
Urban nature
Images