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The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces

19 June 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Organized by: Van Alen Institute
Venue: Van Alen Institute
30 West 22nd Street
New York

In 1980, William H. Whyte published the findings from his revolutionary Street Life Project in The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces. The book was instantly labeled a classic and launched a mini-revolution in the planning and study of public spaces. The accompanying film is one of the most well-regarded documentaries about urban planning, and an incredible time capsule of New York City street life of the late 1970s. Whyte and his team chose a variety of public spaces including plazas, streetscapes, playgrounds, and neighborhoods, and set about observing and recording how and why people use them. Join us for a screening and discussion of this classic documentary.