Message - Thesis For Research On Training Of Architects And Others

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Posted by  Harry Pasternak on October 18, 2003 at 12:23:29:

Here is the thesis for one of my research pieces - I'm looking for recent grads with specific knowledge on what makes people stay in publc open spaces.


How can almost all (98%) urban development in North America for the past 54 years be so bad when it comes to public open space design and development - so consistently bad? Architects, interior designers, urban planners, landscape architects, traffic engineers, playground designers/installers, land speculators/developers, bureaucrats and politicians, health professionals, journalists, psychologists and other professionals don't understand:

a) How important usable-user friendly public open space is to the everyday EMOTIONAL HEALTH of people of all ages. They don't understand that public open space has been an extension of people's living rooms for the past 500 years, in the Western world - unless barriers are set up to stop it or reduce it.

And that the focus on open public space design needs to be on STAYING (not constantly moving like a car). Moreover, the sustainable economic health of a city is directly related to the quality of public open space for STAYING.

b) What the well researched and proven elements are - that enables the STAYING in public open space versus elements that create barriers to stop people from STAYING - or even coming to public open spaces in the first place. In other words - well proven elements that make public open spaces USEABLE - USER FRIENDLY FOR STAYING versus elements that makes public open space UNUSABLE - USER UNFRIENDLY FOR STAYING.

c) That in order to make USER FRIENDLY - USABLE public places for STAYING - everyone involved in the design, planning and development must LOVE PEOPLE. (The 80 yr. old British/Swedish architect Erskine was asked to define architect. His reply - "someone who loves people!")

I'm in the processing of designing the primary research piece. Anyone here aware of anyone else having done a study with the same or similar thesis? Anyone here aware of recent grads with specific knowledge on what makes people stay in publc open spaces?

Thanks in advance.

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