Spatial design. Experiences and experiments of urban regeneration for a possible taxonomy
Keywords:design of public space, interstitial spaces, design of spaces for the user, design of spaces for nature, design of spaces for criticism
The role played by the culture of Design in the context of the planning of public space has evolved over time. In the sphere of Architecture, the 1990s saw the opening of an international debate that encouraged a process of revising the training methods adopted until that time, in favour of new ones capable of placing people – the true users of objects, spaces, and architectures – at the centre. This raised the possibility of breaking down certain disciplinary boundaries in favour of a transdiscipline, the Design of Spaces and Architectures. Spatial Design calls back into question many of the assumptions of the Urban Planning and Architecture of the short century, starting precisely from the relationship between Space and the user. Through recent case studies, this essay proposes an embryonic taxonomy of public space, basing its perspective upon the scientific principle of the recurrence of certain design solutions.
Aasarchitecture (2017), “XXX Bench by The New Raw”, in aasarchitecture.com, 21/11/2017. [Online] Available at: aasarchitecture.com/2017/11/xxx-bench-new-raw.html/ [Accessed 25 March 2021].
Banti, S. (2018), “Come ti trasformo la strada”, in Abitare, 14/08/2008. [Online] Available at: abitare.it/it/habitat/urban-design/2018/10/14/matteo-donde-progettazione-strade-cittadini/ [Accessed 20 March 2021].
Branzi, A. (2007), “Dall’arredo alla scenografia urbana”, in Branzi, A. (ed.), Capire il Design – Storia e Controstoria, Giunti Editore, Firenze, pp. 44-47.
Clemente, M. (2017), Re-Design dello spazio pubblico, FrancoAngeli, Milano.
Dunne, A. and Raby, F. (n.d.), “Critical Design FAQ”, in dunneandraby.co.uk. [Online] Available at: dunneandraby.co.uk/content/bydandr/13/0 [Accessed 26 March 2021].
Enorme Studio Staff (n.d.), “Mountain the Moon”, in Enorme Studio. [Online] Available at: enormestudio.es/mountain-on-the-moon [Accessed 25 March 2021].
Franzoia, E. (2018), “Foresta Urbana Parigina”, in Abitare, 23/12/2008. [Online] Available at: abitare.it/it/habitat/urbandesign/2018/12/23/azzi-desvigne-riqualificazione-urbana-a-parigi/ [Accessed 20 March 2021].
Frieling, R. (n.d.), “Station of Being”, in Rombout design. [Online] Available at: rombout.design/station-of-being.html [Accessed 25 March 2021].
Hopkins, R. (2009), The Transition Handbook – From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience, Cambridge, Green Book Publisher.
Martino, C. and Maselli, V. (2020), “Mai più solo, mai più annoiato – Il gaming nello spatial design contemporaneo”, in Ananke, n. 89, pp. 104-110.
Martino, C. (2007), Gaetano Pesce – Materia e Differenza, Marsilio, Venezia.
Newman, P. and Jennings, I. (2008), Cities as Sustainable Ecosystem – Principles and Practices, Island Press, Whashington DC.
Piccinno, G. and Lega, E. (2012), Spatial Design for in-betrween urban spaces, Maggioli Editore, Milano.
Project for Public Spaces Staff (2007), “What Is Placemaking?”, in Project for Public Space. [Online] Available at: pps.org/article/what-is-placemaking [Accessed 25 March 2021].
Quinz, E. (2020), Contro l’oggetto – Conversazioni sul Design, Quodlibet, Macerata.
Rawsthorn, A. (2013), Hello World – Where Design Meets Life, The Overlook Press, London.
Razzoli, D., Montanari, F. and Di Paola, G. (2020), Identità territoriale e senso del luogo nei processi di innovazione sociale e rigenerazione urbana – Il caso Sassari Living Lab, Working Papers, vol. 17, Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini. [Online] Available at: fondazionebrodolini.it/sites/default/files/pubblicazioni/file/wp17.pdf [Accessed 26 March 2021].
Stake, R. E. (1995), The Art of Case Study Research, SAGE Publications Inc, Thousand Oaks.
The New Raw Staff (n.d.), “Print Your City”, in thenewraw.org. [Online] Available at: thenewraw.org/Print-Your-City-Amsterdam, [Accessed 25 March 2021].
Traganou, J. (2009), “Architectural and Spatial Design Studies – Inscribing Architecture in Design Studies”, in Journal of Design History, vol. 22, issue 2, pp. 173-181. [Online] Available at: doi.org/10.1093/jdh/epp009 [Accessed 26 March 2021].
How to Cite
This Journal is published under Creative Commons Attribution Licence 4.0 (CC-BY).
License scheme | Legal code
This License allows anyone to:
Share: copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format.
Adapt: remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially.
Under the following terms
Attribution: Users must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made; users may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses them or their use.
No additional restrictions: Users may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.
Users do not have to comply with the license for elements of the material in the public domain or where your use is permitted by an applicable exception or limitation.
No warranties are given. The license may not give users all of the permissions necessary for their intended use. For example, other rights such as publicity, privacy, or moral rights may limit how you use the material.