Published: September 11, 2020
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By: Adam Mattingly, California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
Category: Art & Design
Hashtags: #Art #Craft #Design #Photoshop #Spatial #spatialfields
Edges frame space and function as a backdrop and transition from private to public space. When people move from private space into public space, it is often not until the edges fill and we move farther from shelter, that the central portion of the space becomes inhabited. People inhabit public space, and the formal qualities of these spaces are crucial in determining how we navigate, gather, and experience our
environment. Successful public spaces include a sense of enclosure, a frame or limits to the space, places to sit, access to sunlight and shade, elements – a field, patterns, from nature like trees, plants, or water, and options for food, program, and entertainment. All of these elements together provide a place to pause, creating the most important characteristic of a staging ‐ an opportunity to participate with and watch other people. For as much as we seek comfort and a safe space, we also are wired to connect and interact with others, which is why well‐designed public spaces are so important for healthy society. These spaces are crucial for experiencing life with others outside of home. As public life is both diverse and evolving, it is ever
more important to understand key spatial dimensions, character, elements, and qualities of landscape space, so that designers can envision inspired, equitable and relevant spaces for urban life and community.