What is the relationship between philanthropy, materiality and public space?

Siobhan Daly*

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This article explores the dynamic between public space and material representations of philanthropy. It adapts the conception of public space in terms of layers: physical, code and content (Lessig 2001; Németh 2012). The article discusses physical forms of philanthropy and the codified norms, processes and relationships in material representations of philanthropy (code). To this end, part one examines how gifts of buildings and the memorialisation of philanthropy embody the philanthropic dominance of public space. Part two explores how the (re)appropriation of public space(s) encapsulates what happens in, and in relation to physical manifestations of philanthropy (content). Specifically; (i) the uses of spaces (ii) deliberation in public spaces; (iii) the decolonisation of philanthropic processes and practices; and (iv) the complementarity of public space and the public sphere. The article offers a novel heuristic for philanthropy and public space that can also inform conversations between development professionals and donors, and public debate.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere1795
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Philanthropy and Marketing
Issue number3
Early online date25 Apr 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2023

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