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Shaping shared places to improve cities

Kaid Benfield

Posted November 13, 2012

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  Placa de la Revolucio Sep.1868, Barcelona (c2012 FK Benfield)

One of the most important aspects of any city is its collective commons, so to speak:  the shared public spaces where people gather, be they streets, squares, parks, markets, playgrounds, sports facilities, or something else.  This short video (it played smoother on my PC if I did not use the HD feature) from the Adelaide, Australia city council is a nice introduction to the concept.  It features Ethan Kent of the Project for Public Spaces: 


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Kaid Benfield writes about community, development, and the environment on Switchboard and in other national media.  For more posts, see his blog's home page.  Please also visit NRDC’s Sustainable Communities Video Channels.

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Ethan KentNov 13 2012 10:25 PM

The Adelaide Council web page, where this video was posted, provides more context on their bold shift towards Placemaking:

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