DESIGN FOR THE JUST CITY

RESEARCH

PUBLIC LIFE & URBAN JUSTICE IN NYC'S PLAZAS

Can the design of public space have a positive impact on public life and urban justice?

This report, "Public Life and Urban Justice in NYC's Plazas," is the culmination of an 18-month collaboration between Gehl Studio, the J. Max Bond Center and Transportation Alternatives to develop, investigate, measure and evaluate how New York City’s Public Plaza Program and seven of its recently implemented plazas contribute to quality public life and greater social justice. The report includes our methodology, indicators and metrics, and findings for seven New York City public plazas.

 
 

ESSAYS

THE JUST CITY ESSAYS: VOLUME ONE

"A just city is a city in which spatial resources and natural amenities will be available and accessible to all."

In "A Just City is Inconceivable without a Just Society," Marcelo Lopez De Souza explores the path to social sustainability in our cities, including his own: Rio de Janeiro.

De Souza was one of 26 authors invited to respond to two straightforward questions: What would a just city look like and what could be the strategies to get there? We raised these questions to architects, mayors, artists, doctors, designers and scholars, philanthropists, eologists, urban planners and community activists. Their responses came to us from 22 cities across five continents and myriad vantages. Each offers a distinct perspective rooted in a particular place or practice. Each essay is meant as a provocation — a call to action. You will notice common threads as well as notes of dissonance. Just like any urban fabric, heterogeneity reigns.

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