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Introduction

PS (Public Space) pursues research on the production, use, past and future of material public spaces, with a focus on the role of design and designers. It is a response to a growing anxiety about the increasing privatisation of public space, and the demand for greater democratic authorship and ownership of it. This requires a wider and deeper examination of the neglected roles of the designer and design, which are as important to a discussion of the public realm as the debate about who constitutes ‘the public’.

Projects

PS is currently engaged in a three-year AHRC-FAPESP research project, Public Spaces and the Role of the Architect: a comparative study of influential modernist and contemporary examples in London and São Paulo. It runs from 2014-2017 in partnership with the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of São Paulo.

Contact

Professor Susannah Hagan

Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
University of Westminster

s.hagan@westminster.ac.uk