Make Sticky Edges

Energize public spaces with active, deep facades
  • Jeff Speck


IN JAN GEHL’S CLASSIC Cities for People, the index contains thirty-six distinct entries under the term “edges.” Gehl understands—and has helped us to understand— how the quality of a place’s perimeter is largely responsible for its success or failure as public space. He uses the term “soft edges” to describe the objective, noting that people almost always linger at the perimeter of a space rather than the center, but that the most successful edges offer more than a blank wall or a sheet of mirror glass.249 The best do two things well: they are active, and they are thick.

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