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Reconstituting the Urban Commons: Public Space, Social Capital and the Project of Urbanism
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Centres, Center for the Future of Places. New Coll Florida, Div Social Sci, Sarasota, FL 34243 USA.
2019 (English)In: URBAN PLANNING, ISSN 2183-7635, Vol. 4, no 2, p. 169-182Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article outlines a framework for connecting design-oriented research on accommodating and encouraging social interaction in public space with investigation of broader questions regarding civic engagement, social justice and democratic governance. How can we define the "kind of problem a city is" (Jacobs, 1961), simultaneously attending to the social processes at stake in urban places, the spatial ordering of urban form and the construction of the forms of agency that enable us to make better places on purpose? How can empirical research be connected more systematically to theories of democratic governance, with clear implications for urban design, urban and regional planning as professional practice? This framework connects three distinct theoretical moves: (1) understanding the sociological implications of public space as an urban commons, (2) connecting the making of public space to research on social capital and collective efficacy, and (3) understanding recent tendencies in the discipline of urban design in terms of the social construction of a "program of action" (Latour, 1992) at the heart of the professional practices relevant to the built environment.

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COGITATIO PRESS , 2019. Vol. 4, no 2, p. 169-182
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design-oriented research, urban commons, public space, social capital
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Civil Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-262813DOI: 10.17645/up.v4i2.2018ISI: 000488258500004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85070524559OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-262813DiVA, id: diva2:1362515
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