How conducive are urban public open spaces to social inclusion?

Golicnik, B., 2004, How conducive are urban public open spaces to social inclusion?, in: OPENspace, ‘Open space, people space’, OPENspace, Edinburgh

  • Author : Golicnik, B.
  • Year : 2004
  • Published in Book : Open space, people space
  • Abstract in English : This paper focuses on the relationship between the two attributes of the public realm: the physical spatial characteristics of the place itself and the dynamic of use. The examined relationship between public spaces such as parks and squares in town centres and activities within them is shown on the maps based on the GIS-supported databases, which were created upon the data, originally carried out manually using an observation and behavioural mapping technique. Addressing both spatial-usage characteristics of places and their conduciveness to occupancy, parks are discussed at a general level while squares are explored in more detail. A reflection on conduciveness of places from designers’ perspectives concludes the paper with some brief comments on some of the results from the workshops undertaken by urban landscape designers, dealing with spatial-usage relationship in the case of one particular square.
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: urban landscape design, parks, squares, usage, diversity. In this paper the term conducive may be related to the term affordance. [paper 6 p]