High Performance Street Tip of the day: Sidewalks should be sized based on the anticipated pedestrian volumes, uses and programming. Sidewalk width influences safety, social interaction, economic vitality and more. Are you providing enough space for people to pause and window shop? Sit and enjoy some froyo? Chat with a neighbor? Will restaurants need space for outdoor dining? Can a parent push a stroller while holding hands with other children? #completestreets#urbandesign
An environment has the ability to influence human behaviors and performance, therefore, the quality of environment is useful for basis of an individual...
Because the belief is that 'what happens between buildings can be a major contributor to the quality of life for local people'.
Here to explain, the term 'built environment' refers to aspects of our surroundings built by humans, and distinguished from the natural environment. It includes, not only buildings, but the human-made spaces between buildings, and the infrastructure that supports human activity (transportation networks, utilities networks, flood defenses, telecommunication and so on). The built environment affects the natural environment in various manners, good and bad both. Task is to take responsibility for not destroying natural environment & its cycles. It can be done by consciously creating & adding to built environment.
This environment, available to all equally, in practical terms is also known as open spaces or open public spaces... All Spaces with amenities - from sidewalk to a street, a park or a square, a library and an outdoor cafe, and even greenbelts in front of houses and parking lots etc.- are all categorized as public spaces and belong to public equally. Thus, imbalance in built and natural environment can be identified from the public spaces design. And better places can be created by considering human needs & demands.... Because humans need the environment in balance - Nature and Trends & Culture. Nature can not be controlled but creating new structures and systems that add less harm to nature can be controlled and planned. (Sustainable Environment must be the goal)
Alongwith natural environment, human biology and psychology must be kept in mind as well. Because what goes in human mind and soul, comes out eventually in one way or another. And the environment is message to humans using the space from those who created it. Consciously creating is therefore need of hour & an important responsibility. Every action has a reaction!
Elmgreen & Dragset, Whitechapel Pool (2018) @whitechapelgallery
The artistic duo from Denmark and Norway respectively recreate the fallen-from-grace Whitechapel pool commenting on the increasing loss of public spaces to gentrification and private profit seeking.
The real Whitechapel pool was founded in 1901 forming part of a series of pools funded by private philanthropists and local goverments for the working poor, the majority of whom had no access to domestic bathing facilities in the early 20th century.
The pool was open every day seven days a week for Aldgate residents, offering a range of services from swimming lessons to artistic inspiration: it is believed that David Hockney's first drawings of swimming pool surfaces happened in this site.
After loosing its public funding in 1981, the pool served shortly as a squat and rehearshal space for 'post punk' bands until its definite closure for 30 years and subsequently sale to a private investment company in 2016 by former Mayor of London Boris Johnson.
In 2019, the pool will be the main feature of the spa of a new design hotel by international chain Desert Flower Art Hotel & Resort Corporation for the enjoyment of hotel guests and outside visitors with special membership.
Thank you #YoSoyOlaya for such a fun weekend of volunteering! We spent the last few days helping this 100% local and volunteer-based community organization create and run an obstacle course with over 100 youth in the neighborhood, primarily between the ages of 3 to 7. ☀️🤸🏽♀️🎨🏅🏃🏾♂️So amazing to see what this community is doing to support youth! ☺️👍🏼🌈
Who knew you could fall in love with a fence? The design of this fence by @design5la brings me so much joy because the simple materials create subtle lines + layered compositions in the landscape (in a public space!). Also bonus points because it frames this awesome sculpture by @medhatinc + @s10wit at the @bozemanlibrary ✨
A few pictures from last week’s @aynrandorg event on Social Media & Free Speech in London, with @burntoakboy, @_kateandrews_ & @yaronbrookshow. Full video on ARI’s YouTube channel.
I’m super thankful that I got the chance to work as superstar @krisabrigo’s collaborator on this community project in Binondo called @recolor_yuchengco. In the past couple of days we put up a mural and wood installations along a small but busy alley along the estero. It was so rewarding to see people’s appreciation for it, especially the children. Congratulations to everyone involved in this project, especially the awesome student organizers!! Hoping to see more projects like this and a chance to work with you guys again in the near future! #art#artph#design#architecture#binondo#recoloryuchengco#placemaking#publicspaces
Parc La Fontaine (#Montreal ) in late October. Less known than the Mont Royal Park in the centre of the city, but a more authentically *public* space, in my opinion. Just big enough to make seeing through the whole park, end-to-end, borderline impossible; still, small enough to feel like a neighbourhood (not a city) amenity. As it stands, I am not sure when I’ll see it next.