The Social Life Of Small Urban Spaces

Document Type: Book
Author: William Hollingsworth Whyte
Publisher:  Conservation Foundation
First edition: 1980
ISBN: 0891640576
ISBN13: 9780891640578

In 1980, William H. Whyte published the findings from his revolutionary Street Life Project in The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces. Both the book and the accompanying film were instantly labelled classics and launched a mini-revolution in the planning and study of public spaces. They have since become standard texts, and appear on syllabi and reading lists in urban planning, sociology, environmental design, and architecture departments around the world.

Project for Public Spaces, which grew out of Holly’s Street Life Project and continues his work around the world, has acquired the reprint rights to Social Life, with the intent of making it available to the widest possible audience and ensuring that the Whyte family receive their fair share of Holly’s legacy.

  1. The plaza of life
  2. Sitting space
  3. Sun, wind, trees, water
  4. The “undesirables”
  5. Effective capacity
  6. Indoor Spaces
  7. Concourses and megastructures
  8. Smaller cities and places
  9. Triangulation

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