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Making Communities

20 May

 

“There is currently a large and growing general interest in community projects, and in boosting the social capital and connectedness of communities. Social Spaces is distinctive because it avoids the more common ‘top down’ approach, instead offering a framework for building up from the grass roots, and because it does not propose or impose any particular programme of activity, instead focusing on identifying and then building upon any kind of activity which participants agree they are interested in.”

The UK-based Social Spaces project is very similar to my thesis “Social Landscape”. I especially like the focus on adding social uses to underutilized outdoor and indoor spaces. Such programs have great potential to allow people to physically and socially build community, especially with shrinking city budgets and increasingly available real estate. Adding an inventory of available places and asset mapping would facilitate  program access and implementation on a local level.

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