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The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces
Screening and Discussion

William Whyte in a still from "The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces."
Designers test the weight of an empty basket at the BetterBin Open House. Photo: DSNY

In 1980, William H. Whyte published the findings from his revolutionary Street Life Project in The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces. The book was instantly labeled a classic and launched a mini-revolution in the planning and study of public spaces. The accompanying film is one of the most well-regarded documentaries about urban planning, and an incredible time capsule of New York City street life of the late 1970s. Whyte and his team chose a variety of public spaces including plazas, streetscapes, playgrounds, and neighborhoods, and set about observing and recording how and why people use them.

Join us for a screening and discussion of this classic documentary with Nidhi Gulati, Program Manager Transportation, Project for Public Spaces.

$7 admission.