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David J. Madden

In: The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City

Chapter 29: The Contradictions of Urban Public Space: The View from London and New York

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The Contradictions of Urban Public Space: The View from London and New York
The Contradictions of Urban Public Space: The View from London and New York
David J. Madden

For urban public space, these are contradictory times. In many places, dystopian fears about the annihilation of public space now seem prescient. Gated residential communities, secure corporate campuses and guarded shopping malls have proliferated across the globe, sparking conflicts and protests in cities like São Paulo, Istanbul, San Francisco and Kyiv. Surveillance, control, militarisation, omnipresent security concerns and bans on assembly and protest suggest that, in many places, public space has been thoroughly colonised by a combination of corporate power, ubiquitous technology and invasive government.

But while new technologies of control are diffusing ...

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