Strategies of public space in industrial canal-zones: the case of B5 in The Netherlands

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPLiC: Public Life in the In-Between City, Haifa, June 2010
Place of PublicationHaifa
PublisherIIT-Israel Institute of Technology-Faculty Architecture and Town Planning
Pages1-12
ISBN (Print)978-965-91138-4-2
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Eventconference; PLiC: Public Life in the In-Between City; 2010-06-06; 2010-06-10 -
Duration: 6 Jun 201010 Jun 2010

Conference

Conferenceconference; PLiC: Public Life in the In-Between City; 2010-06-06; 2010-06-10
Period6/06/1010/06/10
OtherPLiC: Public Life in the In-Between City

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    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.