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Exploring the production of urban spaceDifferential space in three post-industrial cities$
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Michael Edema Leary-Owhin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447305743

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447305743.001.0001

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Vancouver: Producing urban public space and city transformation

Vancouver: Producing urban public space and city transformation

(p.67) Three Vancouver: Producing urban public space and city transformation
Exploring the production of urban space

Michael Edema Leary-Owhin

Policy Press

This chapter presents empirically informed analyses of a number of new public space projects initiated first as counter-projects and counter-spaces by a variety of community and historic preservation society interests. It demonstrates further that, Vancouver City Council (VCC) proved receptive to the counter-projects and provided an overarching strategic spatial framework within which the projects on the ground were devised and implemented. This chapter also introduces the importance of the social animation of public space, whether through politicised collective action or ludic enjoyment. Changing representations of space through time are shown to have implications for spatial practice on the ground, based on differences in the way social behaviour in public space is understood and interpreted.

Keywords:   historic preservation society, Vancouver City Council, VCC, counter-projects, animation of public space, social behaviour, politicised collective action, ludic enjoyment

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