Privately-Owned Public Space for Public Use


  • Achmad Delianur Nasution
  • Wahyuni Zahrah



The study investigated the using of privately-owned public space (POPS) in two gated communities in Medan, Indonesia. The activities of people during the weekend and the physical setting of the POPS were recorded through observation and visual survey. The research found that most of the visitors were not satisfied with the public open space, but they used it intensively.  The study indicated that the better quality public open space was more livable compared to the poor quality.  Since the visitors in the two public open spaces were mostly people who live outside the gated community, the private-owned public space contributed to public life.

Keywords: privately-owned public space; gated community; Medan.

eISSN 2398-4279 © 2017 The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license ( Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.



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