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Citizens’ Perspectives and Institutional Responses to the Devastation of the Public Space in Skopje
Citizens’ Perspectives and Institutional Responses to the Devastation of the Public Space in Skopje

Author(s): Klime Babunski, Goran Janev
Subject(s): Civil Society, Government/Political systems, Rural and urban sociology
Published by: Институт за социолошки и политичко-правни истражувања
Keywords: Skopje; public space; inclusive urbanism; civic participation;

Summary/Abstract: Public space in Skopje has been under assault for a long period and has been diminishing on daily bases since the unregulated and uncontrolled transition to capitalism has begun, but the devastating processes accelerated in the past decade. In this analysis we will cover only certain aspects of this destructive developments, mainly focusing on the citizens‟ perspectives and institutional responses to the shrinking public space in Skopje. We set out to find out if there are sufficient resources, capacities, will and know-how to reverse this negative trend. We will adhere to two main criteria in our analysis of the public space development in Skopje. Namely, public spaces have to be accessible and to be developed through inclusive processes. We will present the findings on the public space availability in Skopje from two vantage points: that of citizens and the institutional perspective. In comparison of these two views we will try to assess the existing conditions for public space protection and development, based on needs and capacities.