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from Life Between Buildings: Using Public Space (1987)

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Life Between Buildings: Using Public Space
Jan Gehl

design by Dóri Sirály for Prezi
"Three Types of Outdoor Activities"
Necessary Activities
: things that you do every day. Described by the author as "compulsory"

Examples: going to work or school, shopping, running errands, etc.

Conditions: Nearly all conditions, activities are not dependent on the conditions
Optional Activities
: things that you do not need to do or do not necessarily do everyday

Examples: going for a walk, outdoor games, sunbathing

Conditions: Optimal exterior conditions; when the weather is inviting

Social Activities
: things that are done with other people; described by the author as "resultant" (usually stem from other activities)

Examples: playing, conversations, passive contact(seeing and hearing others)

Conditions: Depends on other activities
"Outdoor Activities and the Quality of Outdoor Space"
First extreme city
: Large buildings, underground parking, high car traffic, long distances between buildings.
-Many buildings and cars, few people
-People would rather stay indoors since outdoor spaces are so large with no people in them.

Second extreme city
: small, close buildings, sidewalks and crosswalks, outdoors spaces are favorable and convenient to all people.
-People are visible (coming, going, stopping, sitting, etc.); all spaces are usable; there is always at least minimal contact.
Consequences of improved physical conditions in a city:
-Increase in pedestrians
-Increase in time spent outside
-More outdoor activities

Study showed that with the increase of traffic, outdoor activities and neighbor contact decrease.
Activity patterns can be increased in cities' public spaces and residential areas by studying:
1)How many people and events use the public spaces,
2)How long the individual activities last,
3)Which activity types can develop
"Life Between Buildings"
Need for Contact
: People want to be where other people are.

Varying- degree of contact intensity

Low-intensity contact: taken away when there is no activity between buildings
-Other forms of contact can grow to higher levels of intensity

Prerequisite: being in the same place

Opportunities through contact: beginning of a new contact level, maintaining contact, inspiration, experience
Need for Stimulation
: People are always looking for new stimuli and experiences. Given the correct conditions, planners can spare the rich architecture with the use of life between buildings

People would rather be where other people are instead of by themselves with beautiful buildings.

The most used benches are usually facing pathways and activities such as the street, not in quiet unused areas.

The most stops on sidewalks are at newspaper kiosks, clothing stores, toy stores, and places that have contact with others.
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