Cities are complex organisms composed by several layers of uses and segregations. Public spaces and private spaces make up the image of the city, although the boundaries between them are becoming less defined in current societies. Sometimes the public spaces are equally or more privatized (in their appropriation, in their management, in the roles they play) that some of the private spaces that host public life, passing to the public sphere and breaking the "traditional barriers" between both concepts. However, despite the concept of public space have undergone numerous changes throughout history to contemporary times, its importance seems to remain in the dynamics of the city, where face to face contacts, other than those on the "virtual worlds", remain privileged.
The opening theme of this seminar aims to discuss the various forms of use and segregation of the spaces that constitute the public sphere of the contemporary cities, stage of the discussions in the following sessions of the conference.
Paulo Tormenta Pinto | DINÂMIA’CET-IUL/ ISCTE-IUL
Franco Bianchini | Leeds Metropolitan University
Malcolm Miles | Plymouth University