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THE PSYCHOLOGY OF CITIES: Neuroscience and urban planning

More than three decades ago, New York City asked pioneering urbanist William Whyte to unravel the mysteries of public space. Why do some such spaces attract crowds of happy visitors while others remain barren and empty?

Conducted with stopwatches, time-lapse videography, and simple paper charts, Whyte’s research was a spectacular success. Based on this findings, he made a series of common-sensical and easily implemented recommendations, which the city soon incorporated into its municipal construction codes.

Whyte suggested that the way to build a psychologically healthy city lay in careful observation, collection of clear data, and willingness to challenge preconceptions. Whyte’s book on The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces, and the short film based on this work, remain fresh and insightful today. They still are required reading and viewing for any student of urban life.

If Whyte’s fundamental guidelines for urban field research remain current, it is also true that new technologies are now available to those who study the workings of the urban realm. Now we can go well beyond simple observations of the overt behavior of city dwellers. We can look inside the bodies and minds of those who inhabit urban spaces.

To explore the old and new techniques of urban field research, see this article from The Guardian, which includes a short video of innovative urban methodologies. 

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Great Britain and a stunning auroral display are visible in this shot from the ISS. [x]

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Great Britain and a stunning auroral display are visible in this shot from the ISS. [x]

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The Stunning Architecture of Abu Dhabi

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From the ancient Qasr al-Hosn to the striking Etihad Towers, the story of Abu Dhabi’s architecture is short and intense, yet delightfully rich and visually stunning.

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Vila Vita Parc - Porches, Portugal

One of the best five-star resorts in Portugal, Vila Vita Parc embodies the finest things the country has to offer: world-class golf, magnificent beaches and terrific wines. The village-style resort is picturesquely located on the charming Algarve coast and boasts a lovely array of pools, restaurants, tropical gardens and Moorish-style buildings with gracefully furnished guest rooms. The overall style is a blend of majestic traditional architecture and contemporary design, with emphasis on outdoor living.

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