By sheer conincidence I was just re-reading David Harvey’s seminal 2004-ish piece on this from the New Left Review last week.
It’s kind of intriguing how the temporary urbanism of Occupy, M15, etc. as well as that of Burning Man seem to borrow the clothes of this idea at least — that public space ought to be a theatre, but more importantly that the city ought to be more malleable to those outside the power channels of global capital, and that a big part of that means making the physical interfaces more permissive. They seem to be saying too that this goes beyond public space.
What’s so encouraging about these and other developments is that they seem to want to play very much at what the role of property is in making that touchable edge of the city more accessible. Though we do have to wonder how deep that urge really goes.
And I have to say I was equally flummoxed by the language in the Habitat III declaration drafts.