Industrial canal zones are those abandoned factory areas along watercourses that have made distinctive many areas at the edge of a consolidated urban structure. Nowadays, their originally peripheral locations have acquired central positions in the settled cities and they are targeted for plans of urban growth. They are the contemporary in-between, liminal areas of the city. The design of public spaces requires the understanding of the second¿ nature of these sites. Therefore, does a „second nature¿ of the public space also exist? Randomness, spontaneity and transitoriness are the most noticeable characters of these sites. Can they rely on the design of public space? The author¿s reference is the former industrial canal-zones of B5 or BrabantStad (BrabantCity) in The Netherlands. The study case explores the meaning and value of these abandoned industrial sites and the definition of public place within these areas. The concept of „weak¿ planning in the debate about „planned¿ versus „spontaneous¿ is discussed.
|Title of host publication||PLiC: Public Life in the In-Between City, Haifa, June 2010|
|Place of Publication||Haifa|
|Publisher||IIT-Israel Institute of Technology-Faculty Architecture and Town Planning|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
|Event||conference; PLiC: Public Life in the In-Between City; 2010-06-06; 2010-06-10 - |
Duration: 6 Jun 2010 → 10 Jun 2010
|Conference||conference; PLiC: Public Life in the In-Between City; 2010-06-06; 2010-06-10|
|Period||6/06/10 → 10/06/10|
|Other||PLiC: Public Life in the In-Between City|
Curulli, G. I. (2010). Strategies of public space in industrial canal-zones: the case of B5 in The Netherlands. In PLiC: Public Life in the In-Between City, Haifa, June 2010 (pp. 1-12). Haifa: IIT-Israel Institute of Technology-Faculty Architecture and Town Planning.