Co-production of public space – From public and private space to hybrid spaces


Lee, Dahae
Seminar | 2 SWS | English

Day From Until Place Begin End
Wednesday 12:15 13:45 GB I/ 301 16.10.2019 29.01.2020


Course objectives

By the end of the seminar, students will

1) Understand and discuss the current discourses on contemporary public space.

2) Gain knowledge on hybrid spaces – how they are produced and why.

3) Be able to critically evaluate consequences of hybrid spaces.


Short course summary

Public spaces are not solely products of planners and architects but are produced by and within a society. Society keeps changing, so does public space. Public space is still commonly considered as a traditional public good – i.e. owned and regulated by public hand. But in fact, the recent development of public space suggests the loss of a clear distinction between public and private space. Many of our public spaces are co-produced by public authorities and private entities – ranging from individual citizens to large-scale corporations. They have various mixtures of public and private structures, different degrees of accessibility and varying extents of usability. The notion of ‘hybrid spaces’ has emerged to explain this phenomenon. This course provides a comprehensive and detailed understanding of contemporary public space characterised by its hybrid character. The main aim is to help students understand how public spaces are co-produced, why they are co-produced and what consequences there are. Students will explore different forms of hybrid spaces in depth including Business Improvement District (BID), conservancy and Privately Owned Public Space (POPS).