Each little tile within the urban patchwork quilt should have its own little gravity hole pulling together its tile.
On a grander scale, a collection of tiles should have its very own gravity pullers pulling in that bunch of tiles and holding them together.
These gravity pullers:
Need to answer the everyday needs and the occasional needs of its people.
Recreation. Enjoyment. Study. Relaxation. Socialisation. AMENITY. These are the pullers of communities together.
So a park, a main street – and the layout of the land – the urban layout – should gently or not so gently pull you there.
So many times in Sydney, you wouldn’t know that fantastic piece of [whatever it may be] amenity is there – because it’s hidden in the confused tangle and knots of streets.
Use these pieces of shared amenity to pull each private individual and their little network, in.
So in this philosophical tangent, Public is defined by the places and things that pull in each Private individual and their little network. A bunch of shops on a main street next to a railway station may be a case of ‘public street private use’, but actually, a shop relies on trade to stay afloat, and so they are a public amenity. They’re not owned by the public, but they are public in nature.
Sometimes the focus is simply on what is owned by the public (basically the government), but so much publicly owned land has a very private use – is closed off to the public.
When it comes to public and private, *use* is the most important function at the most basic level.
Hence why the Barangaroo Crown Casino and its three adjacent apartment towers offend me so much – private individual dwellings are by far the most private thing you can do with a building. And yet here they are, in the most public of spaces, in the most prominent locations – and shielded off, bought by very rich individuals, and probably in many cases only occasionally occupied.
That’s why it pisses me off.
No noise, no scum, no loitering – rich individuals who own a private stake of what should be public, will get their way.
That sucks for all the rest of us.
Anyway, it really is ubering time for me.
Ciao for now.