Shaping shared places to improve cities
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:
- When artists are rooted in place: a small-town musician fights for a piece of community history (October 15, 2012)
- Philadelphia's lively new park-in-phases creates a "front porch" for residents, commuters, visitors (August 9, 2012)
- Terrific short video on arts-driven placemaking (June 15, 2012)
- Can the National Mall be re-imagined as a place for people? (April 18, 2012)
- City places that inspire romance (a gallery of walkability, part 2) (February 13, 2012)
- Australia outlines national city design principles (November 2, 2011)
- Extraordinary images of ordinary community places (February 16, 2011)
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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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