The successful public spacePresentation Transcript
Presented By: ElieSelwan ASuccessful Public Space-“An Agora in the City”-
Topic Statement A Brief Background of my Project Direction of the Project My Theoretical Framework Methodology Future Progress Discussants Agenda:
Final Topic Statement: A well planned public space has the effect of encouraging citizen activity and community involvement.
Nathan Phillips Square- 1961
What Makes a Public Square successful?
Why was the square built in the first place?
Who uses the square?
What are its functional purposes (before and after the revitalization process)
Important Research Questions:
This project can be seen as a comparison research study of Nathan Phillips Square in the Toronto’s urban landscape with the Agora in Ancient Athens.
The Agora was an open "place of assembly" in ancient Greek Civilization cities in the early in 8th Century BC.
Urban Scholar Lewis Mumford argues that the Agora was the first public square in an urban landscape, where civil political and leisure functions were conducted.
Agora started as a place designated as the city-state cemetery.
After 6th Century BC the Agora became the main square of the city,it was the commercial, political, administrative and social center of Athens. Shopping, stalls, fountains, municipal buildings and courts of justice were grouped in and around the Agora. It also played an important role in the religious and social life of the City.
Hope T. Milbrandt: The importance of openness, exclusion and community involvement within an urban space. (Key concepts of a successful public space)
Sustainability- From anenvironmental, physical and social perspective.(Athenian Agora vs. Nathan Phillips Square before and after revitalization project)
Stephen Carr’s depiction of “Public Space = Public Life” Cannot have one without the other.
Finally, incorporate a comprehensive understanding of Lewis Mumford’spublication,“Cityin History”. The notion of the Agora being a true cornerstone in humanity and overall urban development.
Key Attributes of the Square- “An Agora in The City”