Rites of way [electronic resource] : the politics and poetics of public space / Mark Kingwell and Patrick Turmel, editors.

by Kingwell, Mark, 1963-Looking glass; Turmel, Patrick, 1976-Looking glass; ProQuest (Firm) [supplier.]Looking glass.

Publisher: Waterloo, Ont. : Wilfrid Laurier University Press, [2009]Description: 1 electronic text (xvii, 190 pages : illustrations) : digital file.ISBN: 9781554581672.Subject(s): Public spaces -- Political aspects | Public spaces -- Social aspects | Public spacesLooking glass | Electronic booksLooking glassNote: Issued as part of the Canadian electronic library publishers collection.Note: Includes bibliographical references and index. Technical information: Mode of access: World Wide Web. Access restrictions: Access restricted to authorized users and institutions.Online access: Read this e-Book from ProQuest
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There are many ways to approach the subject of public space: the threats posed to it by surveillance and visual pollution; the joys it offers of stimulation and excitement, of anonymity and transformation; its importance to urban variety or democratic politics. But public space remains an evanescent and multidimensional concept that too often escapes scrutiny.

The essays in Rites of Way: The Politics and Poetics of Public Space open up multiple dimensions of the concept from architectural, political, philosophical, and technological points of view. There is some historical analysis here, but the contributors are more focused on the future of public space under conditions of growing urbanization and democratic confusion. The added interest offered by non-academic work--visual art, fiction, poetry, and drama--is in part an admission that this is a topic too important to be left only to theorists. It also makes an implicit argument for the crucial role that art, not just public art, plays in a thriving public realm.

Throughout this work contributors are guided by the conviction, not pious but steely, that healthy public space is one of the best, living parts of a just society. The paths of desire we follow in public trace and speak our convictions and needs, our interests and foibles. They are the vectors and walkways of the social, the public dimension of life lying at the heart of all politics.

Issued as part of the Canadian electronic library publishers collection.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Access restricted to authorized users and institutions.

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Rites of Way offers 15 essays on the deeply troubled subject of public space. Editor and distinguished political philosopher Kingwell provides the first, keynote essay, defining public space in economic terms of a public good. Kingwell concludes pessimistically with the inevitable erosion of a good that is accessible to everyone. Though most of the subsequent chapters refer at least nominally to Kingwell's piece, alternative definitions of public space and appraisals of its health are presented. Contributors come from a wide variety of fields. Architects and urban historians such as Ken Greenberg, George Baird, and Alberto Perez-Gomez and political scientists, including Frank Cunningham and John Parkinson, represent fields that might be expected in such a collection. More unusual is the prominence of artists, like Joe Alterio and Lisa Klapstock, and writers, such as Oren Safdie and Russell Smith, in the list of authors. Such a roster assures readers of both critical and poetic insights into public space; it also promises that they cannot expect a coherent assessment of the place of public space either in the cities or in the discourse. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and above. A. J. Wharton Duke University

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