Sarah Isabella Chiodi


What do we mean when we talk about public space? We asked this question, among others about the relationship between urban populations and public spaces, to some people in the context of the National Research Program (PRIN 2009) titled ‘Public Spaces, moving populations and urban renewal programs’. This paper reports part of the outcome of the research done within the local unit of Turin (Italy), which has been developed with a set of interviews to local stakeholders and with a field research in the selected areas of the City Centre and the districts of San Salvario and Barriera di Milano.
From the answers of the stakeholders emerged some relevant issues that I analysed through a selected literature about the concept of public space. The result is a sort of catalogue of typical public spaces of the city, as acknowledged by the local stakeholders and by the field research, and analysed through the international literature. The typologies identified are: traditional public spaces, ‘cappuccino’ spaces, weak sociality spaces, new virtual public spaces and the ‘District Houses’, a new type of public space emerging in the city. To identify them, some characteristic pictures of public spaces of Turin and interviews’ pieces are also reported.
However, facing this scenario built on the empirical research, we should mind that the conflicting views of public space depend also on the professional and cultural background of the interviewees, which is such fickle data that it cannot be catalogued. So, the catalogue proposed is not exhaustive, but only indicative of the trend about new perspectives on the meaning of public space which emerged through research conducted in the city of Turin.


How to Cite
Chiodi, S. I. (2017) “New urban trends towards the use of public space in Turin”, The Journal of Public Space, 2(4), pp. 77–90. doi: 10.5204/jps.v2i4.142.
Author Biography

Sarah Isabella Chiodi, Politecnico di Torino

Sarah Isabella Chiodi, Architect and PhD in Spatial Planning and Local Development, is currently managerial employee at the Municipality of Pino Torinese (IT) - Environment and Urban Planning Area- and is annual contract professor of Environmental Sociology (within the Urban Design Atelier, Master of Science - Architecture for sustainable design) at the Politecnico di Torino since 2011. She has been research fellow in urban and spatial planning and has participated in several national and international conferences as speaker. Her research interest focuses in the relationship between social sciences and urban planning and her research perspectives are oriented to spatial and strategic planning at the metropolitan scale. Among her last publications: Chiodi S. (2016), Crime Prevention through Urban Design and Planning in the Smart City Era. The Challenge of Disseminating CP-UDP in Italy: Learning from Europe, Journal of Place Management and Development, Vol. 9, n. 2, pp. 137-152; Chiodi S. (2016), Strumenti intelligenti per città più sicure, Sociologia Urbana e Rurale, No.109, pp. 40-60; S. Chiodi, M. Tabasso (2016), A National Research Agenda for Integrated Spatial Planning, Land Use and Soil Management, New Dist Special Issue: SBE16 Towards Post-Carbon Cities, pp. 243-255.


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