In Martin Place in Sydney’s CBD there’s a guy who rides his bike each Friday (every day? I only went through Martin Place on Fridays) to play his trumpet for the morning commuters. His song choice is quirky and his playing his sublime, but his music transforms the space from an area I just want to get through to a place I want to linger. With just one trumpet.
We urban designers and architects tend to think that we can create great places just through pavers and trees and facades. Sometimes (most times?) maybe a place is great because of the people and activities in it, not because of how it looks. So what does this mean for those of us in the built environment industry?