Expanding the Definition of Public Space

Evening Forum


Public space is typically defined as a physical space that is open and accessible to people. Parks, sidewalks, plazas, beaches and, though often forgotten as being part of the public realm, even streets all fall under this umbrella term. But is there room for another definition? Can some public space exist beyond the confines of ownership, physical space and even time itself? Can a public space be simultaneously experienced by a single person traveling around the world and a million people in their homes? And does it count if public space can only be experienced through earbuds, a computer screen or even an imagination? Join us to examine the very definition of public space itself as we break down the orthodoxy of what could, and should, be included under that label.

+ Bryant Tan / City Planning + Placement Manager, Burning Man Project
+ Janet Delaney / Photographer and 2020 Guggenheim Fellow
+ Joshua Edmonds / Director of Digital Inclusion, City of Detroit
+ Avery Trufelman / Host, Curbed's 'NiceTry!' and New York Magazine's 'The Cut'








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