Designing the Inclusive City

Urban cultures, street arts, and public life

Authored by: Renia Ehrenfeucht

The New Companion to Urban Design

Print publication date:  May  2019
Online publication date:  June  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138302129
eBook ISBN: 9780203731932
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In the 21st century, art and culture have become highly valued in everyday spaces. Street life that ranges from street art and murals to street food in diverse neighborhoods contributes to the vitality that comes from people being in public. The increased value placed on street life has shifted how cities design and manage the street and created openings to use culture to build more inclusive places. Despite this, formal street life initiatives often limit or eliminate existing activities or restrict those people whose organic activities make places lively. This chapter examines these contradictions. It then offers four urban design strategies to make space for ordinary activities, reduce boundaries within and between neighborhoods, create artistic infrastructure, and co-produce cultural meanings and spaces. To fully incorporate arts and culture, the goal is to support ongoing activities and design spaces for new and innovative street life.

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