The ways our public spaces are used, managed and planned have a massive influence on the factors that make a city a successful place in which to live and work.
So, for this month's edition of Modus, we're switching our focus from the buildings and structures that shape our cities, to the spaces around them.
The rise of privately-owned public spaces, or 'Pops' has prompted some commentators to warn of a growing trend towards restrictive and securitised public spaces. Others argue that cities have always been a patchwork of changing ownership models, and surely it's more important to have the space than none at all? So, what exactly constitutes public space and should we be less concerned about who owns what, and more about how it should be managed?
Many of our public spaces are now privately owned – and their numbers are rising. But are the suspicion and hostility they’re often met with justified?
Should public transport be free for everyone? Transport expert and former London mayoral candidate Christian Wolmar explores the arguments.
Editor of Modus
An experienced and award-winning magazine editor, Oliver has worked in the sectors of property, insurance, automotive and technology. At Sunday Publishing, he has edited titles for a variety of high-profile clients, including Miller Homes, British Gas, Allianz and Toyota, as well as RICS.