Wednesday, October 16, 2013
The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces
William H. Whyte: The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces - The Street Corner from MAS on Vimeo.
I haven't finished watching this yet, but I AM IN LOVE.
Update (6pm): Watched. Will watch again. Genius, and funny.
On "undesirables" in public spaces, c. 29:15 in this clip: "The odd people do a service for the rest of us. They reassure of us of our normality."
I'm particularly intrigued by the "secondary" function of public spaces for passersby -- Whyte talks about this starting around 22:30: passersby look in, smile, point to the park, and show pride.
There's an awesome moment on reciprocal gestures @ 24:15...
...and chair moving, at about 22:00...
...and a discussion of what Whyte calls "triangulation": a reason for people to come together, that can be created by the geography of the public space, starting at about 42:30.