Measuring the public realm: A preliminary assessment of the link between public space and sense of community

Emily Talen

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Abstract

Urban planners are vitally interested in the role, meaning, and use of public space. The recent trend toward building neighborhoods and towns according to the doctrine of new urbanism - a movement which seeks to promote sense of community by adhering to certain principles about the physical arrangement of space -brings the debate about the use of public space and its effect on social life to the forefront. New urbanism stresses the need to resurrect a more civic focus in town planning principles via the provision of public space (Kunstler, 1996; Hochstein, 1994), a view based on the premise that the value of public gathering places in generating a sense of community is paramount (Boyer, 1994; Hayden, 1995).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)344-360
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Architectural and Planning Research
Volume17
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Urban Studies

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