Picture developments in the automobile and the internet. Not

            Picture a typical American city
street, eliminate all of the space that’s devoted to cars and you’re not left
with much. Large grey multilane roads lined with parking spaces are the tired veins
of the cities. All that remains are narrow sidewalks, intermittent crosswalks and
irritated pedestrians alongside cyclists try to navigate thin strips of space. Cars
dominate cities. Pedestrian and Public space isn’t deemed a priority anymore. The
public domain is crumbling; “the city as such is disappearing … that dark
downside of mobility and new technologies … make contrasts between town and
country or urban and non-urban increasingly meaningless.”1 Many analysts attribute
the decline in the significance attached to public space to the reduced
availability of public space, the use of public space has been confronted against
developments in the automobile and the internet. Not only is this affecting the
physical space that the public inhabit, its affecting social interactions.
ELLIN GET REFRENCE FROM EBOOK observes “how many of the social and civic
functions that traditionally occurred in public spaces have been abandoned or
usurped by more private realms. Activities such as leisure, entertainment, gaining
information and consumption can increasingly be satisfied at home through the
television or the internet.”2 The assumption of public
spaces by private establishments results in the decline of meaningful community
space.

Cities
flourish when the urban fabric is designed in a way that puts people and public
space first. “By shaping the built environment, urban designers influence patterns
of human activity, thus, the social life.”3 Spaces and societies are interwoven.
“It is difficult to conceive of ‘space’ as being without social content and,
equally, of society without a special component.”4

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1 Augé, M., 2008. Non-places 2nd English
language., London: Verso.

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3 Heath, T., Oc, T. and Tiesdell, S.
(2010). Public Places – Urban Spaces. 2nd ed. Taylor and Francis, p.134.

4 Heath, T., Oc, T. and Tiesdell, S.
(2010). Public Places – Urban Spaces. 2nd ed. Taylor and Francis, p.134.