The Transformation of Street Space into Public Space: Developing a Sense of Place, People, Creativity, and Street Vitality

By Edi Purwanto and Edy Darmawan.

Published by The International Journal of Civic, Political, and Community Studies

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Published online: January 6, 2015 $US5.00

Physically, streets are an integral a part of a transportation system that serves as a space for traffic. However, when streets are seen in a three-dimensional way serving a wide range of human activities, in addition to traffic, it becomes used as space and place. In this way, street space is something more than just a transport infrastructure; it has a sense of place. The transformation of street space into public space occurs when the street space produces a sense of place, inviting people to interact with a wide range of creativity. These creative endeavors could be cultivated repeatedly in such a way that they become a vital aspect of the street space. This research-based article discusses the phenomenon of street space transformation to public space by taking the case of the Pahlawan Street in Semarang City. The reason for choosing this case is because Pahlawan has been successfully transformed into a public space that attracts people to interact and do creative activities. An important finding of this research is that the process of transforming a street space into public space cannot be separated from active and repeated reciprocity of the street space with the people. The reciprocal relationships have resulted in a so-called “collective imagination space,” which is a space that contains ideas and inspirations which trigger people to be boundlessly creative. This collective imagination space forms the essence of the sense of place attributed to the new public street.

Keywords: Sense of Place, Creativity of People, Street Vitality, Collective Imagination Space

The International Journal of Civic, Political, and Community Studies, Volume 13, Issue 1, March 2015, pp.23-39. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: January 6, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.251MB)).

Dr. Edi Purwanto

Lecturer, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Diponegoro University, Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia

Prof. Edy Darmawan

Lecturer, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Diponegoro University, Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia