Unknown knowns / On parks and the city

Jane Jacobs:
"Conventionally, neighbourhood parks or parklike open spaces are considered boons conferred on the deprived populations of cities. Let us turn this thought around, and consider city parks as deprived places that need the boon of life and appreciation conferred on them. This is more nearly in accord with reality, for people confer use on parks and make them successes - or else withhold use and doom parks to rejection and failure." 1961

Edmund Bacon:
"The designer's problem is not to createfacades or architectural mass but to create an all-encompassing experience, to engender involvement. The city is a people's art, a shared experience."