Creating Shared Public Space in the Contested City: The Role of Urban Design

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    Abstract

    This paper examines relevant characteristics of the ‘contested city’ and the concept of ‘public space’ in that problematic context. It offers an appraisal of the historical and contemporary role of urban design in shaping social space and interrogates the feasibility of using urban design to facilitate more integrated cityscapes. It presents detailed case studies of two ‘contested cities’, Nicosia and Belfast, based on content analysis of policy and planning documents, extensive site analyses in both places, interviews and seminar discussions with policy makers, planners, community and civic leaders. The paper comprises four dimensions—conceptual, descriptive, analytical and prescriptive—and in its final section identifies core values and relevant policies for the potential achievement of shared space in contested cities.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)493-513
    Number of pages22
    JournalJournal of Urban Design
    Volume15
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010

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