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Contesting public spaces: social lives of urban redevelopment in London

Contesting public spaces: social lives of urban redevelopment in London

Wall, Edward Duncan (2022) Contesting public spaces: social lives of urban redevelopment in London. Routledge - Taylor and Francis, London. ISBN 978-1032163567 ; 1032163569

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This book explores concerns for spatial justice as streets, squares, and neighbourhoods are continuously made and remade through planning processes, political ambitions and everyday activities. By investigating three sites in London that have been the focus of masterplanning, Ed Wall exposes conflicts between planning offices and private developers who direct large urban change and community groups, market traders and residents whose public lives are inseparable from their neighbourhoods being reconfigured. The book uniquely brings sociological approaches to what are often considered architectural concerns, revealing challenges as London's public spaces are designed, regulated and lived. Through in-depth research, Ed Wall identifies how uncertainty caused by large-scale urban strategies, the realisation of visual priorities, and uneven relations between private interests, public organisations and daily lives determine the public realm of global cities. This work is intended for readers interested in how the urban spaces of their cities are continually produced in competing ways—from architecture and urban studies scholars to planners and politicians.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled Keywords: urban development; regeneration; masterplanning; public space; cities; spatial justice; urban planning; urban design; architectural design; urban studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Advanced Urban
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Design (DES)
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2022 10:22

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