Open Space Management in Practice
Edited by Nicola Dempsey, Harry Smith, Mel Burton
Routledge – 2014 – 224 pages
Making Places that Matter presents the latest research and practice on place-keeping – that is, the long-term management of public and private open spaces – from around Europe and the rest of the world. There has long been a focus in urban landscape planning and urban design on the creation of high-quality public spaces, or place-making. This is supported by a growing body of research which shows how high-quality public spaces are economically and socially beneficial for local communities and contribute positively to residents’ quality of life and wellbeing.
However, while large amounts of capital are spent on the creation of open spaces, little thought is given to, and insufficient resources made available for, the long-term maintenance and management of public spaces, or place-keeping. Without place-keeping, public spaces can fall into a downward spiral of disrepair where anti-social behaviour can emerge and residents may feel unsafe and choose to use other spaces. The economic and social costs of restoring such spaces can therefore be considerable where place-keeping does not occur.
Making Places that Matter also provides an accessible presentation of the outputs of a major European Union-funded project MP4: Making Places Profitable, Public and Private Open Spaces which further extends the knowledge and debate on long-term management of public and private spaces. It will be an invaluable resource for students, academics and practitioners seeking critical but practical guidance on the long-term management of public and private spaces in a range of contexts.
Chapter 1. From space to place: the importance of place-keeping Nicola Dempsey, Mel Burton and Harry Smith Chapter 2: Understanding place-keeping of open space Nicola Dempsey and Harry Smith Chapter 3: The Politics of Place-keeping Andrej Christian Lindholst, Nicola Dempsey and Stefan Kreutz Chapter 4: The governance of open space: decision-making around place-keeping Harry Smith, Marcia Pereira, Angela Hull, Cecil Konijnendijk Chapter 5. Collective responsibility for place-keeping: are partnerships the solution for open space management? Mel Burton and Alice Mathers Chapter 6: Resourcing place-keeping - fighting for funding. Stefan Kreutz, Nicola Dempsey and Andrej Christian Lindholst Chapter 7. Connecting making and keeping: design and management in place-keeping. Mel Burton, Nicola Dempsey, Alice Mathers Chapter 8: The evaluation of place-keeping: unrealised potential Harry Smith, Marcia Pereira, Jenny Roe, Filip Sosenko, Andrej Christian Lindholst and Alice Mathers Chapter 9: Coordinating place-keeping: towards more sustainable places Harry Smith, Nicola Dempsey, Mel Burton
Nicola Dempsey is Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Landscape at the University of Sheffield.
Harry Smith is Senior Lecturer, Director of CEHS - Centre for Environment & Human Settlements, School of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University.
Mel Burton is a University Teacher at the University of Sheffield.