Exploring the diversity of urban politics, the functions of public space and its relation to the structures of power, the roles of professionals and users in the construction of the city, the gendering of space and the ways in which space and citizen are represented, the book explains how these issues are as relevant to architecture, urban design and urban planning as they are to public art. Drawing on a wealth of images from across the UK and Europe and the USA, in particular, the author questions the effectiveness of public art in achieving more convivial urban environments, whilst retaining the idea that imagining possible futures is as much part of a democratic society as using public space.
About the Author
Malcolm Miles is a writer on modern and contemporary culture, theory and urbanism. His research spans the humanities and social sciences, drawing on twentieth-century critical theory and more recent reconsiderations of the radical Left. He is the author of Cities and Literature (2019), Cities and Culture (2007), and Limits to Culture (2015). He retired as a Professor of Cultural Theory in the Architecture School, the University of Plymouth in 2016.
About the Publisher
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