Publicly shared domestic-related amenities: Pockets of privacy enhancing public space
This article discusses amenities that are shared by anyone in public space, such as public barbecues in Australia. The idea is generalized to a range of domestic-related amenities, from kitchen-related to bathroom-related, etc. As these domestic-related amenities relate to usage that is typically conducted within a dwelling, the amenity and its architecture can be considered a “pocket of privacy” in public space (Pocket). Our discussion explores how these publicly shared domestic-related amenities can address particular needs of society in the context of their economic, symbolic, aesthetic and ethical value. Specifically, we suggest that Pockets productively address the politics of public space and private place in three key ways: through the negotiation of the presence of people in public space, through the negotiation of individual and collective usage of the amenity, and through the gap between the symbolic and economic power created by the usage of these amenities. We conclude by proposing planning principles that may enable the economic, symbolic, aesthetic and ethical value of these amenities to be fully realized in ways that balance the politics of public space and private place.
Borden, I. (2015a). An Interview with Professor Iain Borden on the “Long Live Southbank” Campaign and Skatepark Design from the 1970s to the Present, Fakie Hill Bomb, https://fakiehillbomb.wordpress.com/2015/07/22/an-interview-with-professor-iain-borden-on-the-long-live-southbank-campaign-and-skatepark-design-from-the-1970s-to-the-present, accessed 25th July 2019.
Borden, I. (2015b). The new skate city: how skateboarders are joining the urban mainstream, The Guardian, https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/apr/20/skate-city-skateboarders-developers-bans-defensive-architecture, accessed 25th July 2019.
Cotner, D. M. (2009). Livable human communities: A sustainable narrative, Spatium, No. 19, pp. 1–7.
Davis, M. (1990). Fortress LA. In M. Davis (Ed.), City of quartz: excavating the future in Los Angeles. London, New York: Verso, pp. 222-263.
Delbridge, A., Bernard, JRL., Blair, D., Peters, P., Butler, S. (1991). The Macquarie Dictionary. Macquarie University: The Macquarie Library.
Drummond, L. B. W. (2000). Street Scenes: Practices of Public and Private Space in Urban Vietnam, Urban Studies, Vol. 37, No. 12, pp. 2377– 2391.
Engwicht, D. (1999). Street Reclaiming: Creating Liveable Streets and Vibrant Communities. Sydney: Pluto Press.
Engwicht, D. (2015). TED, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USmTQeKRaP4, accessed 25th July 2019.
Giedion, S. (1961). Space, time and architecture. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.
Gieryn, T. F. (2000). A Space for Place in Sociology, Annual Review of Sociology, No. 26, pp. 463–496.
Habermas, J. (1989). The structural transformation of the public sphere . Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.
Harvey, D. (1989). The condition of postmodernity: An Enquiry into the Origins of Cultural Change. Oxford: B. Blackwell.
Lefebvre, H. (1991). The production of space . Oxford: Blackwell.
Levine, M. H. (1980). Privacy in the tradition of the Western World. In W.C. Bier (Ed.), Privacy, a vanishing value?. New York: Fordham University Press.
Mairs, J. (2015). James Furzer to crowdfund parasitic sleeping pods for London's homeless, Dezeen. https://www.dezeen.com/2015/08/19/james-furzer-crowdfund-parasitic-sleeping-pods-london-homeless-indiegogo/, accessed 25th July 2019.
McDowell, L. (1999). Gender, Identity and Place: Understanding Feminist Geographies. Cambridge: Polity Press.
Rancière, J. (1999). Disagreement: politics and philosophy. Minneapolis, London: University of Minnesota Press.
Toloudi, Z. (2016). Are we in the midst of a public space crisis?, The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/are-we-in-the-midst-of-a-public-space-crisis-56124, accessed 25th July 2019.
Ujang, N., Kozlowski M., Maulan S. (2018). Linking place attachment and social interaction: towards meaningful public places, Journal of Place Management and Development, Vol. 11, No. 1, pp. 115-129.
Weinthal, L. (2011). Toward a New Interior, An Anthology of Interior Design Theory. New York: Princeton Architectural Press.