CC02 FInal Blog task // What is a public space….
Over the course of this assignment ‘Public life, public space’ blog i have looked at public spaces in depth attempting to define what a public space might be. I looked at many articles, blogs, books all of which had many examples. Not one expressed a certain definition which implies that there isn’t one definitive concept. Many of the descriptions were almost abstract at times which suggests public space is very much dependant on ones perception.
My thoughts towards public life has changes considerably with the space of this assignment. Prior to this assignment i didn’t have any real in-depth responses to public life and how public life/public space is an integral part of any design process. I have realised that the divide between public and private is much more intricate than just being alone or being in a space with others. I feel a public life very ugh depends on ones personality and what common relations they have with public space. Ones public and private life may differ greatly or may be very similar. Public life is a life of which others are able to observe, view, witness you if you like it or not which could change ones perception. Over the period of this assignment i have noticed how some people are to conceal ‘themselves’ once in a public situation and how others revel ‘themselves’. Who know if ones being ‘themselves’ or not? we are in public the majority of the time which makes the design public space very important. The balance between public and private is important, as having too much or too little of a public life vice versa could have detrimental effects on ones life. Once the balance has been clinched the type of public space is vital. After my recent experiences on a trip to london the underground isn’t the type of public space one should need excessive time in. These kind of spaces re spaces of which Rem Koolhaus described as being a ‘junkspace’
I believe social relationships are naturally found. I don’t believe we need strategies to organise ourselves into groups and form a social relationship, however these relationships are only enabled to form through attendance to public spaces. If one restricts their access to public spaces their social relationships will resultantly suffer. Public spaces are designed to be aimed at all public in general. However there are many factors that categories the type of people in public spaces. Some being, age, gender, religion, personalities, preferences, wealth occupation, location. This is how public space aids social relationships. It acts as a path to guide similar people into the same location. However these paths constantly intersect one another mixing all kinds of people together. We naturally make these decisions of which paths and which spaces we choose to occupy. Spaces within spaces also occur, shopping centers consist of many spaces categorised by different factors such as wealth, preference and gender. They are designed to make it easier for people to shop which unintentionally creates segments of more specific public places with one large scale public place. ‘Tribes’ or ‘social groups’ often put a strain on public space, riots and protests are becoming more frequent in cities which is an examples of how the design of public spaces need to keep up with society. Referring back to a blog of mine [10th May], Marc Auge [a French anthropologist] talks about the relation between social relationships and public space and how social space emerges to facilitate passage and believes if the purpose is not to operate sociably as a defined place it becomes a non-place
Once inhabiting a public space alone without relations the space isn’t being utilised efficiently. I feel the space is only really utilised well once the relationships have formed, such as the studio for example. A positive correlation will form once larger groups of relations have formed then the space will now become the public space once intended as now in social surroundings one is able to interact with it. In any space that we publicly inhabit, conscious or not, we are in a dialectic relationship with our surroundings. We navigate a space according to our own intuitive sense of its construction in relation to how much freedom its design allows for us to do that The space depends on the inhabitant in it, as architecture students we design spaces. These spaces have to be adaptable for change, the change may come from new social relationships which architects have to be aware of. As society is constantly adapting it is requiring more stress on the space as most public spaces are far my advanced in terms of thought than ever before.
To conclude what a public space is, one would find difficult but i have certainly formed an in depth understanding of public space without being able to define it. Through my interpretation of all the blogs i have made i am able to configure an understanding of the social relations of public life and how cities are designed to incorporate the public needs and adaptations in order to design the ‘ideal’ space.