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Events in the city: using public spaces as event venues

Events in the city: using public spaces as event venues

Smith, Andrew, 1975 June 25- author

Cities are staging more events than ever. Within this macro-trend, there is another less acknowledged trend: more events are being staged in public spaces. Some events have always been staged in parks, streets and squares, but in recent years organisers have tried to bring events out of traditional venues and into prominent urban spaces. This is favoured by organisers seeking more memorable and more spectacular events, but also by authorities who want to animate urban space and make it more visible. This book explores, accounts for and illustrates these trends

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Published London: Routledge, 2015
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Statement of responsibility: Andrew Smith
ISBN: 1138788856, 1317656334, 1317656342, 1317656350, 9781138788855, 9781317656333, 9781317656340, 9781317656357
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 204 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm.
Series: Routledge advances in event research series
Subject: Customs and Folklore.; Special events Management.; Public spaces.
Series Title: Routledge advances in event research series.


  1. Preface Acknowledgements
  2. 1. Introduction 2. Urban public space
  3. 3. The urbanisation of events
  4. 4. Eventalisation: events and the production of urban public space 5. Eventification: events and the denigration of urban public space6. Using public spaces as events venues: Greenwich Park becomes an Olympic Park
  5. 7. Enclosing open space: event legacies in the Royal Borough of Greenwich 8. Regulation and resistance 9. Conclusions References

Author note

Andrew Smith is a Reader in the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster, UK. Andrew is an urban geographer who specialises in tourism and events research. His first book Events and Urban Regenerationwas published by Routledge in 2012.