Well said.

Robert Campbell today:

From the point of view of urban design, buildings are secondary anyway. A city is made of streets and squares. It’s made of spaces. The buildings are there to be the walls that shape the streets and squares. Hopefully, they’re interesting walls — walls with doors and windows that invite your imagination to come inside, walls with architectural detail that speaks of caring owners and artistic designers. But the spaces, not the buildings, are the public city.

We live in a culture that’s so fascinated by objects that it ignores spaces. Maybe that’s because we’re so media-saturated. On a page or a screen, a building can be an icon. It’s hard to represent the experience of an urban space so clearly.

-in the Boston Globe.


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