Cookies?
Library Header Image
LSE Research Online LSE Library Services

A tripartite conceptualisation of urban public space as a site for play: evidence from South Bank, London

Jones, Alasdair (2013) A tripartite conceptualisation of urban public space as a site for play: evidence from South Bank, London. Urban Geography, 34 (8). pp. 1144-1170. ISSN 0272-3638

[img]
Preview
PDF - Accepted Version
Download (2MB) | Preview

Identification Number: 10.1080/02723638.2013.784081

Abstract

Public space is a feature of the urban built environment that has received increasing attention in recent years. Discussion has focused on the theoretical decline of public space, as private and institutional forces take on increasing influence. At the same time, many such “in-between spaces,” even privately owned ones, are used and experienced as public on a daily basis. Few studies, however, have explored how spaces understood as public are used and practised as such. To address this gap in the literature this paper draws upon ethnographic data collected on the “South Bank” in London (United Kingdom) to argue that “play” is a recurrent trait of sociospatial practices enacted in public space. Three interrelated typologies of playful practices in public space are discussed: child's play, plays on meaning, and play as simulation.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rurb20
Additional Information: © 2013 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD100 Land Use
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2015 15:24
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2019 02:18
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/64162

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics