Landscape Architecture + Urban Design

Kerb issue 27, Selective Perceptions: Who are we really designing for?

Claire Martin on the rise of privately-owned public space

29 Nov 2019

In the context of burgeoning urban populations, reductions in access to public space, ecological threats and dwindling municipal budgets, how can we move beyond the binary of public and private space? This question was central to Associate Director Claire Martin’s recent presentation at the International Federation of Landscape Architects (Asia Pacific Region) Congress, held in the Philippines city of Cebu.

The conference paper followed a recent article on the same topic published in Kerb issue 27, themed Selective Perceptions: Who are we really designing for?

“Urbanisation and neo-liberal globalisation have brought privately-owned public spaces to the fore as spectacularised products of, rather than antidotes to, the city,” writes Claire.

While in Cebu, Claire also represented the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects at the annual IFLA Asia Pacific Region (APR) council meeting, with the aim of fostering stronger ties to allied organisations in the APR region.

The full article is available online here.

Purchase a copy of Kerb 27 here.

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