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Exploring the production of urban spaceDifferential space in three post-industrial cities$
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Michael Edema Leary-Owhin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447305743

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447305743.001.0001

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Introduction: Cities and public space

Introduction: Cities and public space

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(p.1) One Introduction: Cities and public space
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Exploring the production of urban space
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Michael Edema Leary-Owhin

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447305743.003.0001

This chapter provides the rationale for the book. It outlines the importance of public space for cities generally and explains the complexity of public space in early 21st century era of neoliberal urbanism. The chapter proposes that quasi-public space, rather than privatisation, is a useful way of understanding how public and private space interact. Henri Lefebvre’s ideas regarding the production are explained, not just his spatial but also three other spatial moments: abstract space, differential space and counter-projects. Diverse spatial coalitions are posited as a key grouping in the production of urban public space. The methodological approach is explained and the choice of case studies justified. The chapter closes with thumbnail outline of the case study cities.

Keywords:   public space, Henri Lefebvre counter-projects, quasi-public space, spatial coalitions, privatisation, private space, case studies

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