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Creating Convivial Urban Spaces

The presentation uses examples to show that lively and convivial places depend on the social and economic context of the location. Convivial places can occur even if the architecture and landscaping is mediocre or poor. Conversely there are plenty of carefully designed places that are devoid of people and activity. Ways in which convivial spaces can be created are suggested. The essence is to give first consideration to people on foot. This will often involve taking a stance against developers and property investors whose prime consideration is to cater for car users.

The paper can be downloaded here (see right sidebar).

Paper TitleCreating Convivial Urban Spaces
Paper AuthorTim Pharoah
Conference Details Better Streets, Better Places 15 Hatfields, London, UK May 20th 2010


Better streets, living streets, convivial streets, public spaces, urban design, convivial streets, lively streets, shared space, local economy, street design, public realm, pedestrian planning, walkability, pedestrian measurement, neighbourhood planning