Aleksandar Bobić
University of Belgrade – Faculty of Forestry & Faculty of Architecture


This article is critical discourse on new redefined relations and usage of urban public spaces. Its starting points are the new relations between public and private spheres in contemporary U.S. cities which are based on corporate doctrine of consumer’s lifestyle and phenomenon of exploitation of public resources, with the goal to accumulate more private capital. In that sense, focus was on tensions between public and private and phenomenon of city centre where the private is imposed as public with its own rules of using and consuming instant entertainment and consumption. Phenomenon of public space as the only democratic space where everyone are equal, suddenly become phenomenon of the space for ‘voluntarily’ exploitation of people and resources with the idea of accumulating the private capital.

public space, public sphere, BID, corporate culture, consumerism



SAJ Vol. 1, 2009, No. 3