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Urban vitality, culture and the public realm

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Abstract


  • The urban public realm is critical to creating

    and maintaining vital and inclusive cities. There has

    been a welcome acknowledgement of the importance

    of the urban public realm in Australian urban policy,

    with increasing amounts of energy and resources devoted

    to its improvement. However, while there is apparent

    agreement on the significance of public space

    there is less clarity over what constitutes ‘good’ public

    space and the degree to which it can be deliberately

    created. Beyond this, urban public spaces and institutions

    are being transformed by urban redevelopment

    trends, culture-based and creative city planning strategies,

    shifts in management and ownership arrangements,

    and by the impact of concerns regarding public

    safety and security. This is a timely moment at which

    to evaluate contemporary challenges to the urban

    public realm and to focus on coherent policy recognition

    and response.

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • McGuirk, P., Dowling, R., Gibson, C., Iveson, K. & Mee, K. (2007). Urban vitality, culture and the public realm. In R. Atkinson, T. Dalton, B. Norman & G. Wood (Eds.), Urban 45: New Ideas for Australia's Cities (pp. 51-54). Melbourne, Australia: UTAS/RMIT.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3119&context=sspapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2120

Book Title


  • Urban 45: New Ideas for Australia's Cities

Start Page


  • 51

End Page


  • 54

Place Of Publication


  • Melbourne, Australia

Abstract


  • The urban public realm is critical to creating

    and maintaining vital and inclusive cities. There has

    been a welcome acknowledgement of the importance

    of the urban public realm in Australian urban policy,

    with increasing amounts of energy and resources devoted

    to its improvement. However, while there is apparent

    agreement on the significance of public space

    there is less clarity over what constitutes ‘good’ public

    space and the degree to which it can be deliberately

    created. Beyond this, urban public spaces and institutions

    are being transformed by urban redevelopment

    trends, culture-based and creative city planning strategies,

    shifts in management and ownership arrangements,

    and by the impact of concerns regarding public

    safety and security. This is a timely moment at which

    to evaluate contemporary challenges to the urban

    public realm and to focus on coherent policy recognition

    and response.

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • McGuirk, P., Dowling, R., Gibson, C., Iveson, K. & Mee, K. (2007). Urban vitality, culture and the public realm. In R. Atkinson, T. Dalton, B. Norman & G. Wood (Eds.), Urban 45: New Ideas for Australia's Cities (pp. 51-54). Melbourne, Australia: UTAS/RMIT.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3119&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2120

Book Title


  • Urban 45: New Ideas for Australia's Cities

Start Page


  • 51

End Page


  • 54

Place Of Publication


  • Melbourne, Australia