ABSTRACT

The very multiplicity of sites and subjects in public space which have made an appearance in this narrative underlines one of its conclusions – that there is no straightforward way of understanding urban encounters in public space. Temporality, spatiality and sociality intersect to construct spaces as enchanted to some and disenchanted to others, at different times of the day and night and in different socio-cultural contexts. Public space, and the encounters therein, can be no one thing. There are nevertheless some emergent themes and tentative reflections with which to conclude, not with the aim of formulating prescriptive policy and practice – though hopefully there are useful insights here – but more in the spirit of dialogue across difference and of throwing light on things that militate against rubbing along with others in public space.