Interpreting public space as a medium for urban liveability

  • Alberto De Capua Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria
  • Lidia Errante Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria
Keywords: built environment, public space, urban living, socio-spatial dynamics, interpretative model

Abstract

The emphasis placed on urban living issues concerning public space seems well-founded based on the many spatial, environmental, social and psychological effects connected the processes of urban transformation. The liveability of the contemporary cities cannot ignore the features of quality and diversity of the system of public spaces, intended here as an infrastructure capable of connecting places and people, goods and services in continuous flow. This contribution highlights the need for tools able to interpreting the ever-changing physical and social demands of contemporary public space and propose an interpretative cognitive model to support to Public Administrations order to better orient urban transformation and regeneration strategies and goals.

Author Biographies

Alberto De Capua, Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria

Architects and PhD, he is an Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture and Territory. He lectures and research on methods and protocols for the monitoring and the improvement within the environmental quality and the building industry, with particular reference to hygiene and safety requirements of the indoor environment.
E-mail: adecapua@unirc.it

Lidia Errante, Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria

Architect and PhD, she is a Research Fellow at the Department of Architecture and Territory. Mainly interested in the topics of architectural technology, socio-spatial quality of the built environment, architecture and public space.
E-mail: lidia.errante@unirc.it

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A ‘useless’ design furniture (by West8, 1996) in Schouwburgplein, Rotterdam, (credit: L. Errante, 2018). AGATHÒN 06 | 2019
Published
2019-12-20
How to Cite
De Capua, A. and Errante, L. (2019) “Interpreting public space as a medium for urban liveability”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 6(online), pp. 148-161. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/6142019.
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Architecture | Research & Experimentation
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