The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces

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Project for Public Spaces, 2001 - Open spaces - 125 pages
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In 1980, William H. Whyte published the findings from his revolutionary Street Life Project in The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces. Both the book and the accompanying film were instantly labeled classics, and launched a mini-revolution in the planning and study of public spaces. They have since become standard texts, and appear on syllabi and reading lists in urban planning, sociology, environmental design, and architecture departments around the world. Project for Public Spaces, which grew out of Holly's Street Life Project and continues his work around the world, has acquired the reprint rights to Social Life, with the intent of making it available to the widest possible audience and ensuring that the Whyte family receive their fair share of Holly's legacy.

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User Review  - Vasil Kolev - Goodreads

Great (and short book) on the observation of public places in New York and other cities, and what makes them work. Could be said that this is a very good research into the user interface of cities, and opens your mind a bit about city planning and the issues behind it. Read full review

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User Review  - Andrea - Goodreads

Truly one of the greats of urban planning, I loved this pivotal look at how you study public space and what you learn from the practice. Not that it's scintillating reading. Instead it is steady and ... Read full review

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