Close encounters with buildings
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What we have are closed, self-absorbed buildings. What we would like to have is open, versatile, interesting and safe cities. The challenge is how to incorporate large buildings in cities where people have the same small stature and slow pace they had hundreds of years ago. There is now a considerable confusion in the gap between large and small scales and between ‘quick’ and ‘slow’ architecture. Ground floor facades provide an important link between these scales and between buildings and people. For public space and buildings to be treated as a whole, the ground floor facades must have a special and welcoming design. This good, close encounter architecture is vital for good cities.
Keywordsground floors facades public space people interaction
The studies were conducted by the Centre for Public Space Research/Realdania Research at the Institute for Planning, School of Architecture, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, with the help of Qiu Canhong, Lucy Carew-Reid, Lars Gemzøe, Alex Hart, Nanako Ishizuka, Michael Varming. Translation by Karen Steenhard. All photographs were taken by the authors.
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