Is This Space Public? How Do You Know?
We are pleased to invite you to this Cities & Society seminar.
Karen A. Franck, Professor in the College of Architecture and Design at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, is visiting Cities and Society. She will give a talk titled: Is This Space Public? How Do You Know?
The types of urban public space are increasing in number, extending beyond the traditional ones of park and square. Relatedly, their design features are becoming more diverse. The result of both trends is that the status of a space as “public” has become more ambiguous. Two examples in the U.S. are privately owned public spaces and parklets. This presentation will be an exploration of the ownership, design and management features that define a space, conceptually, as public and will then be a more exploratory examination of what features tend to make their perceived status as public spaces ambiguous, with particular attention to accessibility.
Karen A. Franck is a professor in the College of Architecture and Design at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in Newark where she also directs the Joint PhD Program in Urban Systems, sponsored by NJIT and Rutgers-Newark. She holds a PhD in Environmental Psychology from the City University of New York. Over the years her research interests have spanned several topics including alternative housing, building and place types, a design process responsive to needs of client and community, collaboration between architect and client and various aspects of public space (Franck and Stevens, eds, Loose Space, 2007 and Stevens and Franck, Memorials as Spaces of Engagement, 2015)