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Research

Reforming Public Space
Professor Annette M. Kim

Around the globe, streets and sidewalks in cities are being re-conceptualized and contested as spaces that should be used for more than transportation and be claimed by more segments of the population. This research program examines the usefulness of applying a property rights framework to organize the issues in the debates about public space and to understand how to construct a new public space regime.

Our first season of work has been focusing on the remarkable sidewalk life of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam which can inform many of the emerging global debates about whether sidewalks are a social safety net, cultural production site, or transportation corridor.

For more information, please see the research website: http://mit.edu/slab