Why Some Places Do Better than Others: A Closer Look at Urban Public Space Management
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: Drawing on data collected from two neighbouring but different domains of public spaces in Brisbane, the South Bank Parklands and the Queen St Mall, this paper argues for characteristics of successful public space management. A combination of interviews with managers, authorities and stakeholders, as well as document analysis of both printed and electronic resources, has been employed to inform the research. Findings highlight five characteristics. First, they reveal the significance of an integrated proactive approach to delivery and management of space, which seeks to serve the concerns of the many and not the few. Second, findings point out the significance of the objectives that managing agencies pursue. Third, investigations in these two case studies resonate with the need for a viable urban design and planning that is aligned with public aspirations for the place, regarding the future as well as the present. Fourth, the research suggests that skilled team alongside with focused leadership highly contribute to effective management. And lastly, the study discloses that seeking excellence in design and employing urban design principles is one of the main characteristics of the management of attractive public spaces.
Peer Reviewed Conference Proceedings of the 9th International Urban Design Conference