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Book Launch: Manhattan’s Public Spaces: Production, Revitalization, Commodification

Manhattan’s Public Spaces: Production, Revitalization, Commodification by Ana Morcillo Pallarés analyzes a series of architectural works and their contribution to New York’s public space over the past few decades. By exploring a mix of urban mechanisms, supportive frameworks, legal systems, and planning guidelines for the transformation of the city’s collective realm, the text frames Manhattan as a controversial landscape of interests and concerns to authorities, communities, and, very importantly, developers.

The production, revitalization, and commodification of Manhattan’s public spaces, as a phenomenon and as a subject of study, also highlights the vicissitudes of the reconciliation of the many different agents, which are part of the process. The challenge of the book does not only lie in the analysis of good design but, more importantly, in how to understand the functional mechanisms for the current trends in the production of space for public use. A complex framework of actors, governance, and market monopolies, which invites the reader to participate in the debate of how these interventions contribute, or not, to an inclusive environment anchored in the existing built fabric.

Kristine Miller, University of Minnesota
Mariana Mogilevich, Urban Omnibus
McLain Clutter and Robert Fishman

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