Convivial Urban Spaces: Creating Effective Public Places by Henry Shaftoe

By Henry Shaftoe

Despite advancements in city layout over the past few a long time, architects, city planners and architects usually proceed to supply parts of bland, commercially led city cloth that carry the fundamental practical necessities of preserve, paintings and relaxation yet are socially unsustainable and certain turbines of destiny difficulties.

Convivial city Spaces demonstrates that profitable city public areas are an important a part of a sustainable outfitted setting. with no them we're more likely to waft into an more and more inner most and polarized society, with the entire difficulties that may suggest. Taking a multidisciplinary strategy, this booklet attracts on study, and the literature and thought of environmental psychology and concrete layout, to develop our figuring out of what makes potent public areas. useful suggestions is illustrated with case experiences from the united kingdom, Spain, Germany and Italy. the result's a pragmatic and obviously awarded consultant to city public area for planners, architects and scholars of the city environment.

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The need for different types of observation and communication Interpersonal distance will be determined (if there is any choice) by the activities people are engaged in, in public space. People who are only there ‘to watch the world go by’ will want to be further away from others than those who are hoping to have some kind of casual interaction, who in turn would be further away than those who are interacting with close friends. A good public space will offer the chance for the whole range of these activities to occur and this has implications for the arrangement of places to sit or linger.

This repressive approach damages young people’s potential for healthy, prosocial development, and means that they resort to more devious means to ‘hang out’, or even more worryingly, become neurotic bedroom recluses. We need to respond positively, inclusively and creatively to the needs of young people to socialize in public spaces by involving them in design and provision, and ensuring that what is provided minimizes harm and victimization risk, without removing the frisson that young people need and enjoy.

Despite the latter point, the visual impression of place is likely to be the most powerful sensory experience for people with good sight. Furthermore, as Landry (2006) reminds us ‘sights are better articulated, because in general we have a rich vocabulary around physical appearance’ (p50). Not only can we describe visual qualities with words, but we can augment them with maps, plans, drawings and photographs. But as Rasmussen (1959) notes: ‘It is not enough to see architecture; you must experience it’ (p33).

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