In the sixties, seventies and eighties, communication disappeared from the streets. The road network was extended, the roads widened, pavements sacrificed to the stationary traffic, i.e. parking lots.
Today we are experiencing the renaissance of public space. For us WIMEN women, this means that our diverse daily requirement profile is given the appropriate framework and at the same time the resilience to absorb our diverse characters. The desire for green spaces and leisure oases in public spaces, as a meeting point, is an important counterpart to the retreat into private spaces behind opaque fences and curtains.
Meeting point public space - the design changes our behaviours and movement profile
Traffic calming reduces the danger and increases the time spent in public spaces. The design of streets, squares and parks is increasingly an expression of quality of life and diversity and promotes mutual consideration.
We value short distances between home, school, kindergarten, work and recreation. When choosing different adequate means of transport per day, clear and simply organised interfaces between public and individual transport are helpful for us. We like to be invited to stay, appreciate the liveliness in the green and the communication with the local people. For children and adolescents we would like playgrounds that stimulate the imagination and exercise areas (no cages). For the older ones among us, there is a need for seating that opens the view to a vivid, inspiring city and the exchange with all age groups.
Only when we have understood that the development of our brains is in dialogue and grows with everyday contexts, will we be aware of the special importance of public space. The success of a society in its intrinsic form can now be seen in the way it deals with public space. On Tahir Square in Cairo, in Gezi Park in Istanbul, on the streets of Rio de Janeiro, on Maidan in the Ukraine, society is being renegotiated in public space. WIMEN is aware of this spanned dimension of public space and tries to make its contribution.
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