Thursday, 9 April 2009

Public Spaces: Architecture and Landscape

Public Spaces and Public Places


What is a public space and why is important to
have them.
Definitions of public spaces





A public space refers to an area or place that is open and accessible to all citizens, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, age or socio-economic level. One of the earliest examples of public spaces are commons. For example, no fees or paid tickets are required for entry, nor are the entrants discriminated based on background. Non-government-owned malls are examples of 'private space' with the appearance of being 'public space'.
Public Space has also become something of a touchstone for critical theory in relation to
philosophy, (urban) geography, visual art, cultural studies, social studies and urban design. Its relevance seems to become more pressing as capital encloses more and more of what were thought of as 'commons'. The term 'Public Space' is also often misconstrued to mean other things such as 'gathering place', which is an element of the larger concept.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_space



I have included a number of images of some of the most famous buildings in the world which are public places. they are also some of the most innovative designs.

Lyon Railway station, France - shaped like a swooping hawk



Sydney Opera House, Australia - shaped like shells

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain - shaped like a ship



Burj al Arab, Dubai - shaped like a billowing sail
These iconic buildings are used for public enteratinment, transport and pleasure.




Whilst researching I found this site which list a lot more public buildings and monuments around the world. http://luciensteil.tripod.com/katarxis02-1/id30.html

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