Thursday, 5 January 2012

Street Life Project W.H.Whyte c.1975

The film on "The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces" shown at the Urban Design Group this evening suggested, in ways similar to some points made in Wednesday's BBC Thinking Streets programme, that attractive urban spaces depend upon human interaction.

Whether walking or on wheels, preferably self-propelled, people bring urban spaces to life by interacting with places to sit, with street movement, with sunlight, with water, with trees, and with food. Genius.

The street is the river of life running through the city, he says - people come there not to escape, but to partake.

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