The buildings that house our post offices, courthouses, government agencies, libraries, churches, and other civic institutions are often impressive but uninviting. They can be so much more to the communities they serve: places that support everyday public life, places that bridge cultural and economic divides, and places of both protest and celebration.
A tip sheet about how good public spaces make sense for building owners, managers and tenants; with focus on how they can attract tenants, increase customer satisfaction, contribute to the economic bottom line, improve security, and make maintenance and renovations more manageable.
Instead of hiring big-name architects to design flashy new campus buildings in an attempt to attract students, universities should be spending their time and money on improving the quality and connectivity of their public spaces.
We don’t like to define ourselves by what we are against. We aren’t against skyscrapers, development, luxury housing, or cars. We are for places. There is no one human scale, but by engaging in a placemaking process, we can find the scale that works for every community.