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Equally Spaced? Public Space and Interaction between Diverse Communities: A Report for the Commission for Racial Equality

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Lownsbrough, Hannah; Beunderman, Joost
Journal: Demos
Date: 2007
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/3407
Sector: Social Organization
Region: Europe
Subject(s): urban infrastructure
Abstract: "This report aims to address the deficit in the current arena by offering one analysis of how public spaces can contribute to building positive relationships and bridges between different communities. Drawing on expertise from the fields of regeneration, community activism and education, the report works with a broad conception of public space that will elicit a response from beyond the usual confines of the planning and design sector. "The report explores peoples motivations for entering public spaces, and assesses the potential for interaction that can be found herein. In particular, it explores some of the specific dimensions of public space - those that are most salient for people working in communities affected by tensions and misunderstandings. The report ends with a series of practical recommendations for those working in the field, drawn from the case studies and from an analysis of existing literature."

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