TECHNE 19 (2020): The public space
Essays and Viewpoint

Semi-public urban spaces: evolution and appropriate design process criteria

Renata Valente
Dipartimento di Ingegneria, Università degli Studi della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Caserta, Italia

Published 2020-01-15


  • Compensatory processes,
  • Publicness,
  • Ecosystem services,
  • Public art,
  • Standard building regulations

How to Cite

Valente, R. (2020). Semi-public urban spaces: evolution and appropriate design process criteria. TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, (19), 86–95.


The paper analyzes the main regulatory experiments for Privately Owned Public Spaces (POPS) in North America and Asia, comparing requirements for implementation and outcomes. It also underlines the need to make these spaces representative of the social and environmental complexity of a public place, presenting the original proposal to include in the exchange conditions regulations that guarantee ecosystem services equivalent to the loss for the community due to the bonus granted. The reflection leads to three main aspects for the edition of updated regulations: the construction of integrated networks of spaces, the consideration of the urban ecosystem and the meta-design of thematic cultural guidelines.


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