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The publicness of space in Helsinki libraries: letting the outside in and the inside out

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2023
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AESOP
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This research aims to address through the changing role of public libraries, and their relation to public spaces, the extent to which they enable peaceful, spatially just, diverse and inclusive activities. Using qualitative methods to gain insights from designers, librarians and users, the research builds on two case studies, Oodi and Maunula in Helsinki, Finland. This paper presents work in progress, and explores several questions, starting with the design and its intention to generate peaceful, inclusive, and just spaces, which play a role in supporting everyday life spontaneous encounters and activities. The initial findings indicate that public libraries in their design and management can be catalysts for improving inclusive urban space, and empowering communities. Keywords: Helsinki, public space, libraries, diversity, inclusion
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Book of proceedings: 35th AESOP Annual Congress Integrated planning in a world of turbulence, Łódź, 11-15th July, 2023
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