I`m quite agree with the view of the importance of public space in neighborhood design posted by Yixi Lu. Her analysis of the relationship between the function and position of public spaces and the needs of people who use them is really easy to understand. Especially a series of questions she presented in terms of physiology and psychology, which about how the public spaces provide positive stimulations for residents` daily communication in neighborhood. She briefly illustrated with the case of Saiths and Gateshead. ‘Each block has its own public space for activities. And this public space is connected to residents’ private gardens … they can communicate in their own public space, and this kind of public spaces have different characters which decided by their residents’. Obviously, this kind of form offers lots of chances to some certain residents who live in the same block and make them become more and more familiar with each other.
Actually, I also write a blog about neighborhood design, which is Neighborhood Relationship and Design in Public Space. I quoted Douglas Kelbaugh`s statement that ‘we should create a harmonious and sustainable space environment to deal with the disorderly and rapid growth of city. In order to transform and renew our neighborhood and community, he advocated that the planning should be from the whole aspect to discuss the profound interests and requirements of neighborhood. In addition, he also expounded a more beautiful and imaginative future with creating the shared community and landscape’ .
In addition, I also believe that we should pay more attention to the relationship between residents during the design process of neighborhood. More communication can definitely create a warm and harmonious living area. Furthermore, I think we should focus more on considering the psychological benefits of public space in residential area and emphasizing the needs of different people. So that the use of public space can be more targeted, which can enable fully and frequently usage by the residents.
Douglas Kelbaugh, Common Place: toward Neighborhood and Regional Design