For this article John Worthington, architect and co-founder of DEGW, has been interviewed about this vision of semi-public spaces. He thinks of a ‘public realm’ as open 24-hours a day; space which is owned, governed and managed by the community. ‘Semi-public space,’ on the other hand, is generally located on the ground floor and available to the public at the owner’s discretion; the space is owned and managed by the landlord. You can think of a department store—an original semi-public space. You only go in if you’re interested to go in, but then you’re not really required to purchase anything. Effective semi-public spaces are permeable with multiple entrances to allow through routes, which allow users to navigate the footprints of these often very large buildings.
“We know we have to use space more effectively; we know we have to intensify our use of urban land. The conversation has started, there are enough exemplars to show how places can be enhanced—change is afoot!”
King’s Place, London (architect: Dixon Jones) ©David Rudlin via Climax City
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