Public space can be a place for re-imagining who we are, who we have been and who we might become. It offers opportunities to present narratives that renew a sense of self and allow for a communal response from the rest of society. Since we are beginning not only to acknowledge that multiple narratives exist but also that they have a right to exist and be shared, differences between stories often result in contestations over public space. These contestations are often about establishing a public identity for contested users, or questioning who is in control or of the use, the story or the contest. Such contestation has the potential to provide a stage or platform for the previously marginalized, invisible, and voiceless to gain a voice, for alternate histories to be performed. In this way rather than seeking to resolve the contested issues support can be provided for the contestation. The motivation to create unity and harmony, or alternatively the motivation to appreciate difference and uncertainty, generate very different approaches to the design, use, and management of public open space. If contestations between differing opinions and desires are critical to visions of the future of both the culture and public space, then looking at contestation across the process of defining and creating a space is as important as looking at it during use.