Thursday, December 6, 2007
take one---not enough space!
Up-space in the city is the public's overhead right of way. Verticality in the city can be more than simply the result of land pressure, and should be emphasized by public space (an urban amenity) that recognizes the value of a z-coordinate for re-orientation, the unused landscape of roofs, and various ways to access and occupy air space from streets that have otherwise gravitated toward increasingly private use. Unaccepted streets offer geometric conditions (narrowness primarily in this case) that appear limiting, but which highlight the potential for lofting what might typically exist on the ground, or not at all in a dense and hilly city. Above the streets, we can spin in gear, let our hair down, slow down, soak in the light washing the white city, and revel in ubiquitous hipness and dilettantism.