Saturday, 19 December 2009

Cabe Space: What we'd like to see in the next 10 years

Also featured in the recent Landscape Journal, was Cabe Space Director, Sarah Gaventa's wishllist for public spaces over the next 10 years. I think she makes some excellent points. Unfortunately I've not seen this online, so have reproduced it below:
  • The green spaces in social housing projects to be of the same quality as a Green Flag or Green Pennant Park.
  • Every new housing development of more than 50 houses to have some public space designed into it. A car park doesn't count.
  • Solve the problem in urban streets of how people who are visually impaired can navigate well, without throwing out the whole shared space agenda. Cabe Space has sponsored a research fellow at the RCA to look at product design: blister paving is 20 years old and we believe design innovation needs to keep evolving in our public spaces.
  • All our street furniture to be designed by furniture and product desgners and not by engineers so we get seats you can actually sit on, not the same ubiquitous designs in every city. We want to see furniture that is distinctive and of the place.
  • Reverse the loss of democracy in privately managed public spaces. I have sat on grass in new urban squares and been asked to move within five minutes because it's not really a 'public' space.
  • Kids to be allowed urban play spaces close to their homes, schools and shopping centres and reverse the attitude from some local authorities that play isn't a priority.
  • Fallow urban development sites to be used as nomadic allotments full of grow bags.
  • The importance and value of green infrastructure to be understood and embraced at regional, county and local levels and fully integrated within planning policies and frameworks.
  • To be able to walk or cycle through every city on some sort of green route.
  • Vocal, innovative landscape architects to lead projects, with architects being part of their team.
  • Manual for Streets Volumes 2, 3 and 4 to be published for high streets, commercial streets and arterial roads so that the balance between people and cars is redressed throughout our towns and cities.
  • For a landscape architect to win the Stirling Prize.
  • For professionals to stop talking about public space as 'the space between buildings' but as the places that make cities work.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Jonathan - thanks very much for posting this - it's prompted us to post it on the CABE site:

    Many thanks and happy new years!

    Will Myddelton
    Web editor, CABE