How to Meet the City – Urban Spaces for Friendly Encounters

Okresek-Oshima, Tatjana and Baldauf, Tobias and Okresek, Marie-Theres and Halbartschlager, Rupert (2019) How to Meet the City – Urban Spaces for Friendly Encounters. REAL CORP 2019 – IS THIS THE REAL WORLD? Perfect Smart Cities vs. Real Emotional Cities. Proceedings of 24th International Conference on Urban Planning, Regional Development and Information Society. pp. 901-906. ISSN 2521-3938

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Abstract

As urbanists, we observe public spaces every day with an eye toward their purpose; we critically gauge their facilities, features and sociocultural connotations. Are they used on a frequent basis? Do people rest, do they gather, do they linger, do they mingle? Is there any social interaction? Do these places contribute to an objective sense of well-being, welcoming those who temporarily reside there? Do they replace a piece of nature? In comparison to closed architectural structures which are reserved for private or semi private use, public spaces have the important role of hosting a wide range of people from different social and cultural backgrounds. While architecture usually predicts its type of use, open space has the potential of being unpredictable and can trigger dynamics within its urban framework that greatly influence the way a city is perceived. In order to obtain a positive result when transforming an open space, we have to focus on those who use the space on a daily basis, the people who give it its character. The users must be the focus of our investigations, their various needs must be the vision to begin with. In the end, it is the people who constitute the identity and authenticity of a place. Whether or not there are smart city solutions for the inhabitants of an urban space, it only serves the users if it is made for their specific needs. We want to optimize sustainability, respond to climate change facts and enhance urban well being while allowing people to notice the individual features of a space. This reaction is very individual to each city and has its own energy which makes a place special and unique. The ambience of a city is hence the reflection of the behavior of its city dwellers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: versatile places for friendly encounters, genius loci/genius societatis, moderating society, participation process, transforming identity
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Depositing User: The CORP Team
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2019 12:24
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2019 12:24
URI: http://repository.corp.at/id/eprint/563

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