Details
Study title
Public spaces in Switzerland
Ref study 7453
Study language French
Contributing institutions
Authors
Keywords
  • Urbanisation
  • Espaces publics
  • Participation locale
Disciplines
Period
Fin des années nonante
Geographical space
Genève, Zurich
Country
  • Switzerland
Abstract
The study aims to evaluate the importance of public spaces in the quality of life today, focusing the analysis on the urban environment. It questions their functions with regard to interactions between inhabitants and the values that govern their organisation and construction by local authorities.
To explore the importance of public spaces and their uses for the inhabitants of the agglomeration, whether or not they frequent public spaces, a representative telephone survey was conducted among 900 inhabitants living in six districts of Geneva.
In addition, three places were selected to study the diversity of uses and users of public spaces. Observations were made, supplemented by brief interviews on questionnaires with approximately 600 users met on the spot, relating to their social position, the reasons for their passage and their representations of the places.
Finally, a qualitative approach was undertaken with some fifty politicians, decision-makers, urban planning professionals and even opponents, to understand how these spaces are designed, with what representations of their use, and to understand to what extent these public spaces can also be spaces of participation. In order to escape the particularities of Geneva reality and to feed a more general reflection on the importance of public spaces in contemporary urban life, comparisons were made with an operation to convert an industrial district in Zurich.
Results
Methods (description)
La recherche a utilisé plusieurs méthodes:
1. observation in situ
2. enquête par questionnaire standardisé, sur place en face à face, auprès des personnes fréquentant les espaces publics de Genève.
3. enquête par téléphone auprès d'un échantillon de la population genevoise
4. entretiens auprès des autorités genevoises
5. suivi du processus de décision d'aménagement de Zurich ouest

Démarche méthodologique: Entretiens standardisés face-à-face
Univers de référence:
Nombre et/ou taille des objets:
Sélection ou échantillonnage:
Données relevées par:
Démarche méthodologique: Entretiens standardisés par téléphone
Univers de référence: annuaire téléphonique
Nombre et/ou taille des objets: 900 personnes
Sélection ou échantillonnage: aléatoire
Données relevées par: Institut Erasm (Genève)
Methods (instruments)
Publications
  • Andersson, Harry; Jorgensen, Gertrud; Joye, Dominique; Ostendorf, Wim. 2001. Change and Stability in Urban Europe. Ashgate Publishing Limited, Hampshire, 2001.
Unpublished documents
  • Bassand, Michel; Compagnon, Anne; Joye, Dominique; Stein, Véronique. 2001. Les espaces publics urbains. Les acteurs entre pratiques et représentations. IREC, Lausanne-Genève 2001.
  • Bassand, Michel; Compagnon, Anne; Joye, Dominique; Stein, Véronique. 2001. Vivre et créer l'espace public. Avec la participation de Pierre Güller. Presse polytechniques et universitaires romandes, Coll. "Science, Technique, Société", 2001, 223 p.
  • Bassand, Michel; Compagnon, Anne; Güller, Peter; Joye, Dominique; Meury, Markus; Schenkel, Walter; Stein, Véronique. 2000. Espaces publics et fabrication de la ville. Genève - Zurich. Rapport intermédiaire de recherche.
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Mandating institution(s)
  • Département fédéral de l'intérieur - DFI, Office fédéral de l'éducation et de la science - OFES, Hallwylstrasse 4, Postfach , 3003 Bern
Study type
Data availability
Source (Updates) Email
Date created 03.05.2018
Date modified 03.05.2018
Start - End date 01.10.1996 - 28.12.1999