The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces

Came across this movie tonight somewhat by accident. Very cool!

The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces

This witty and original film is about the open spaces of cities and why some of them work for people while others don’t. Beginning at New York’s Seagram Plaza, one of the most used open areas in the city, the film proceeds to analyze why this space is so popular and how other urban oases, both in New York and elsewhere, measure up. Based on direct observation of what people actually do, the film presents a remarkably engaging and informative tour of the urban landscape and looks at how it can be made more hospitable to those who live in it.

You can buy it here for $95 or watch it in full on Youtube (part one through six):

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2GfOhFZkY8
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aioLKJfxQV4
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_nw8HJ2yAE
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFT_DakPk1Y
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIOteCQHJmk
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iA0Vqr770Zs

Here’s part one:

2 Responses to “The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces”

  1. Laura Says:

    Hello Tim,

    I’ve looked everywhere online to stream or download this movie, ‘Social Life of Small Urban Spaces’. I saw through your blog that they have removed the version from youtube.

    Do you have any ideas / tips where you think I could obtain this film for less than 95 bucks? Any advice would be gratefully received :)

    cheers, Laura

  2. Tim Says:

    Sorry, no idea if and where it might be available for cheaper. You might want to check with your local library.

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