"The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces", by William H. Whyte

Creada el 10 de Octubre de 2016 a las 18:54 por Birgi

Proyecto: Urban Games 2016
Tema: Recursos
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Un documentario sobre el proyecto de investigacion urbana de William Whyte y sus adjuntos


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The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces: William H. Whyte from Nelly Oli on Vimeo.


"Puzzled by why some of New York’s parks and plazas were well used while others were almost always nearly empty, the New York City Planning Commission asked sociologist William Whyte to study park and plaza use and help draft a comprehensive design plan to improve New York City’s parks and plazas.
While he had no formal training in urban planning, landscape architecture, or design, Whyte’s lucid writings in these areas gave him great credibility. Hunter College (City University of New York) appointed him a distinguished professor, and the National Geographic Society gave him the first domestic expedition grant it had ever made to investigate what makes for good urban parks and plazas. He named his study “The Street Life Project.”
Whyte worked with Hunter College students, bright young designers and planners at the New York City Planning Department, and other talented people he drew to the Street Life Project. This team produced an exceptional study of how people use urban space and a set of urban design guidelines for New York that have been widely praised and used in New York and many other cities.
The Street Life Project is an excellent example of how to do urban research. Whyte formed hypotheses about how people use urban space. Then, like Camillo Sitte (p. 476) and Jan Gehl (p. 530), he and his team observed how people used urban spaces. Whyte tested his hypotheses by filming people using different plazas and parks in New York City and carefully analyzing the films, having his researchers note down who sat where during
different times of the day and year, and personally watching people interact with each other and the physical spaces around them."
["The City Reader", cured by Richard T. LeGates and Frederic Stout]


AMarkus 30 de Noviembre de 2016 a las 19:43

He visto el vídeo y me he parado bastantes fragmentos, me ha parecido bastante singular como han hecho distintos estudios en la plaza del Seagram de como la gente actúa. También se puede observar como distintos acabados urbanísticos permiten o no la generación de actividades, como ejemplo de añadir elementos de una altura humana surgen relaciones humanas y integrando elemento muy distantes del suelo la gente ya no se sienta sino que estos se apoyan.

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