In Defence of Public Space by @futurecapetown via @sustaincities

“Rich people just don’t want to share amenities with the rest of the public.” If people are designing their living spaces to be perfect private spaces, how might we encourage them to move outdoors and be sociable? On a recent visit to a friend’s flat, I was struck by the vastness of the complex. An indoor theatre; an outdoor theatre; a fully outfitted gym; an interior courtyard; a community living room with a real, live fireplace; a rooftop pool, whirlpool, and sauna – with all these amenities, it was a small miracle that anyone ever left the building. And then it struck me: that was exactly the developer’s intention. By providing these different spaces, the developer was attempting to create places that would keep people in, rather than drawing them out, thereby fostering community within the larger complex. While I am a staunch advocate of placemaking, I found myself rea...

Full article: http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/futurecapetown...

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