Political Theory

Liberty and Public Spaces


Public spaces, areas in which individuals can celebrate and actualize their liberties, have been a critical part of the history of freedom in the Western world. In this conference we examind the importance of public space and design in the maintenance and promotion of the free and responsible society.


Conference Readings

Beito, David, Peter Gordon, and Alexander Tabarrok, eds. The Voluntary City: Choice, Community, and Civil Society. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2005.

Adams, Henry. Mont St. Michel and Chartres. New York: The Library of America, 1983.

Aquinas, Thomas (Saint). The Summa Theologica, Part II. Translated by Fathers of the English Dominican Province. London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd., 1916. http://oll.libertyfund.org/title/1967 (accessed ).

Arendt, Hannah. The Human Condition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998.

Aristotle. The Politics of Aristotle. Translated by B. Jowett. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1885.

Beiner, Ronald. “Our Relationship to Architecture as a mode of shared Citizenship – Some Arendtian Thoughts.” Review Techné 9, no. 1 (Fall 2005): 56-67.

Dalberg, John Emerich Edward, Lord Acton. The History of Freedom and Other Essays. Edited by John Neville Figgis and Reginald Vere Laurence. London: Macmillan, 1907. http://oll.libertyfund.org/title/75/42896 (accessed December 2, 2008).

Design for London. “Protocol for joint working between GLA Planning Decision Unit and Design for London.” Greater London Authority (2008): 1-4.

Ferry, Jules. Les Comptes Fantastiques d'Haussmann. Edited by Guy Durier. Paris: Pamphlet, 1867.

Jacobs, Jane. The Death and Life of Great American Cities. New York: Vintage Books Edition (A Division of Random House, Inc.), 1992.

Kotkin, Joel. The City: A Global History. New York: Modern Library, 2006.

Levi, Primo. If This Is a Man. London: Abacus by Sphere Books Ltd, 1987.

Madden, Hayley. “The rationale for public sector intervention in the economy.” Greater London Authority (March 2006): iii-v.

Mirandola, Giovanni Pico della. “Oration on the Dignity of Man.” Minnesota State University/Theodore Gracyk Home Page. http://www.mnstate.edu/gracyk/courses/web%20publishing/pico_oration.htm ( ).

Mitchell, William. Imagining MIT: Designing a Campus for the Twenty-First Century. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2007.

Norberg-Schulz, Christian. Meaning in Western Architecture. New York: Rizzoli, 1974.

Olmsted, Frederick Law. The Papers of Frederick Law Olmsted: Writings on Public Parks, Parkways, and Park Systems. Edited by Charles E. Beveridge and Carolyn F. Hoffman. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997.

Pollio, Vitruvius. Treatise De Architectura [The Ten Books on Architecture]. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1914.

Saalman, Howard. Haussmann: Paris Transformed. New York: George Braziller, 1971.

Saffer, Sandra Axelrud and Landy, Marc. “English translation (excerpt) of Jules Ferry's "Les Comptes Fantastiques d'Haussmann," 1867.” translated for the Liberty Fund conference "Liberty and Public Spaces", Washington DC, November 29 - December 2, 2012.

Shirer, William L. The Rise and the Fall of the Third Reich. New York: Touchstone, 1990.

Smith, Adam. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1981.

Speer, Albert. Inside the Third Reich. New York: MacMillan, 1970.

Young, James Sterling. The Washington Community 1800-1828. New York: Columbia University Press, 1966.