Picture a typical American citystreet, eliminate all of the space that’s devoted to cars and you’re not leftwith much. Large grey multilane roads lined with parking spaces are the tired veinsof the cities.
All that remains are narrow sidewalks, intermittent crosswalks andirritated pedestrians alongside cyclists try to navigate thin strips of space. Carsdominate cities. Pedestrian and Public space isn’t deemed a priority anymore. Thepublic domain is crumbling; “the city as such is disappearing … that darkdownside of mobility and new technologies … make contrasts between town andcountry or urban and non-urban increasingly meaningless.”1 Many analysts attributethe decline in the significance attached to public space to the reducedavailability of public space, the use of public space has been confronted againstdevelopments in the automobile and the internet. Not only is this affecting thephysical space that the public inhabit, its affecting social interactions.ELLIN GET REFRENCE FROM EBOOK observes “how many of the social and civicfunctions that traditionally occurred in public spaces have been abandoned orusurped by more private realms.
Activities such as leisure, entertainment, gaininginformation and consumption can increasingly be satisfied at home through thetelevision or the internet.”2 The assumption of publicspaces by private establishments results in the decline of meaningful communityspace.Citiesflourish when the urban fabric is designed in a way that puts people and publicspace first. “By shaping the built environment, urban designers influence patternsof human activity, thus, the social life.
“3 Spaces and societies are interwoven.”It is difficult to conceive of ‘space’ as being without social content and,equally, of society without a special component.”41 Augé, M., 2008.
Non-places 2nd Englishlanguage., London: Verso.2 3 Heath, T., Oc, T. and Tiesdell, S.
(2010). Public Places – Urban Spaces. 2nd ed.
Taylor and Francis, p.134.4 Heath, T., Oc, T. and Tiesdell, S.
(2010). Public Places – Urban Spaces. 2nd ed. Taylor and Francis, p.134.