Place-Keeping: Open Space Management in Practice (Hardcover)

Place-Keeping: Open Space Management in Practice By Nicola Dempsey (Editor), Harry Smith (Editor), Mel Burton (Editor) Cover Image

Place-Keeping: Open Space Management in Practice (Hardcover)

By Nicola Dempsey (Editor), Harry Smith (Editor), Mel Burton (Editor)

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Place-Keeping 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.

Place-Keeping 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.

Nicola Dempsey is Lecturer in Landscape Planning in the Department of Landscape at the University of Sheffield, UK. Harry Smith is Reader, Director of Studies for Urban Planning and Real Estate, School of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University, UK. Mel Burton is a Chartered Landscape Architect and teaches in the Department of Landscape at the University of Sheffield, UK.
Product Details ISBN: 9780415856676
ISBN-10: 0415856671
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: April 30th, 2014
Pages: 232
Language: English