Exit133 is about Tacoma
When we talk about design of public places in Tacoma, examples from Europe are often cited for how it could be done better here.
Italian architect A. Ghigo Ditommaso argues that although there is general agreement among urban planners and architects in America that the Italian piazza is a great template for public space design, there is surprisingly little comprehension of the fundamental spatial characteristics that make them work.
- Keep Centers at the Center
- Connect the Urban Paths
- Activate the Edges
- Set the Stage (and the Arena)
This seems stunningly simple, and yet so few American cities seem to be able to get it right. For Tacoma, at least, location could be part of the challenge - using Ditommaso's criteria, where in Tacoma could we locate such a functional public space?Read more at Next City