Public Spaces for Sustainable Urbanization

Proceedings of the October 2015 Conference at UN Headquarters

Edited by Aliye P. Celik, Ashley Simone, H. Oner Yurtseven


Public space is the heart of any community. The physical, mental and spiritual well being of a community’s residents is impacted by the presence, allocation, design and respectful use of public space by citizens. The concept of ‘public space’ has been a topic of discussion and planning since the formation of the very first community. Public space is a critical and essential requirement for sustainable urbanization. As communities grow to become large urban centers, the complexity of making successful public spaces also grows and demands a heightened awareness of designers, planners and policy makers. This book is a collection of presentations and panel discussions that took place at a conference held at UN Headquarters in New York City on 15 November 2015. The contributors are experts who represent a wide range of fields and specializations in the area of sustainable urbanization.

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