Sharing Economies, Technologies, and the Changing Nature of Urban Public Space in Medium-Sized Cities



technology effects, ecological wisdom, public to private economy, urban spaces, technological affordances.


Public spaces ensure functional operation and resource sharing in all cities. Streets, squares, and parks afford cultural, socio-economic, and ecological activities benefitting society. However, technology and sharing economies are changing the use of urban spaces. Planners and designers must, therefore, consider the evolution of sharing and other technologies that continue to alter the formation of space in growing medium-sized cities. Public space in a city is a spectrum from the streets to the privacy within homes, and this transect is now being blurred by sharing technology and practices. This paper examines the impact that new technologies and sharing economies have on the way public spaces are generated and used, and what opportunities exist to mitigate negative changes using a human-centered focus and ecological wisdom.

Biografia do Autor

Celen Pasalar, North Carolina State University

Celen Pasalar, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at College of Design, North Carolina State University. She has a Ph.D. in Design, A Master of Science in Urban Design, and Bachelor of Architecture degree. She is a registered architect in Northern Cyprus. Her research focuses on understanding human-environment relationships and how design of spaces, city infrastructure, and movement can nurture sustainability, as well as creation of smart, equitable, healthy and resilient communities. Her current work focuses on smart cities, urbanism in mid-size cities, and community design. Dr. Pasalar has presented at numerous international conferences and has published peer-reviewed book chapters and articles.

George Dewey Hallowell, North Carolina State University

Dr. George Hallowell is on the faculty at North Carolina State University’s School of Architecture. He is a registered architect and has worked in the profession for 25 years. He has a Ph.D. in Design, a Master of Architecture degree, and B.A. in Urban Geography. His research focuses on urban and suburban morphology and the concept of structural inertia, relating to the formal and spatial characteristics of older urban neighborhoods. He has presented at numerous architecture and urban design conferences, with peer-reviewed articles or proceedings published by ISUF, EDRA, ACSA, AAG, ARCC, and the Journal of Space Syntax. 




Como Citar

PASALAR, C.; HALLOWELL, G. D. Sharing Economies, Technologies, and the Changing Nature of Urban Public Space in Medium-Sized Cities. Terr@ Plural, [S. l.], v. 13, n. 3, p. 418–433, 2019. Disponível em: Acesso em: 1 out. 2022.