Posted by Richard Haut on October 06, 2002 at 08:23:44:
In Reply to: Re: WTC: Humane Environment posted by Paul Malo on October 06, 2002 at 06:48:47:
yes, I do agree and feel that it comes down to how one responds to the term "street life". Does it mean peacefully reading the paper or chatting while having a coffee, or does it mean security cameras, sirens and believing that anyone who says 'good morning' is after your wallet/car/camera/phone etc.
the best current example that I know is Federation Square in Melbourne being designed by London architect Peter Davidson's firm Lab Architecture Studio. A large complex city centre site that will provide a whole range of facilities and spaces.
looked at the reverse way, can anyone seriously imagine suggesting to a friend that they eat their sandwiches next to a building that "expresses trauma" ?
while there may be a difference in the speed of life, in the trendiness of the bar or café, what most of us mean by a good urban environment is very similar.
people in New York deserve to be able to create an urban environment which is theirs and where they feel welcome and safe, as do the people in London or Paris, Tel Aviv or Ramallah, Baghdad or Sana'a.
the same could have been said of the people of Berlin or Warsaw in the 1930s.
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