The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces

The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces is a documentary about a study performed and narrated by William H. Whyte that looks into how people interact in and with urban plazas in New York. The study was done to try and get new zoning resolutions in place that would promote the building of better public spaces in Manhattan.

Whyte observes how people behave in different public spaces, how the architecture influences their behavior, and why some public plazas are more successful than others.

A professor recommended it to me and I find it extremely interesting. The film is definitely worth the watch especially for those within architectural or urban planning professions. – Jake Elsii, Design Staff (Watch the hour long video here.)

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