The Contours of an Academic Field
Public Space and Public Life - on Speaking Terms
public space is understood as streets, alleys, buildings, squares, bollards:
Public life should also be understood in the broadest sense as everything that takes place between buildings, to and from school, on balconies, seated, standing, walking, biking, etc. It is everything we can go out and observe happening - far more than just street theatre and café life.
ignored segment of city life on foot.
1960s took the basic steps needed to better understand the ephemeral concept of public life and its interaction with public space and buildings. Their method was to study existing, and as a rule pre-industrial, cities and public space to gain basic knowledge about how we use and get around in cities.
public life studies.
Although the methods described were later refined and new agendas and technologies emerged, the basic principles and methods were developed in that period
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