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Why public space matters

University of Auckland
Publication date:
12 Oct 2022, 12:00 PM - 12 Oct 2022, 01:00 PM
Setha Low
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University of Auckland

Fast Forward lecture series – 2022

Why public space matters

Setha Low, Distinguished Professor of Environmental Psychology, Geography, and Anthropology, and Director of the Public Space Research Group at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York, examines how public space contributes to individual and societal flourishing.

Based on thirty-five years of ethnographic fieldwork on plazas, walkways, parks, markets, and beaches in the United States, Costa Rica, Argentina, India, Kenya, and France, Setha presents a new understanding of the role of social contact, public culture, and affective atmosphere in the creation of places essential to everyday urban life. This talk aims to realign urban priorities by highlighting the importance of public space for socially just cities and encouraging local activism.