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Splendid Urban Places

Urban Places is a project that aims to collect a compendium of user-submitted photographs and descriptions of favourite urban spaces.

Jon Lombardo
Jon Lombardo on October 6, 2009.

Splendid Urban Places is a very neat project set up by a Dan Hill, Russell Davies, and James Goggins that aims to collect “a compendium of user-submitted photographs of favourite urban places or spaces, ideally accompanied by a short description.” To this end, they set up A Flickr Group and have accumulated a fascinating pool of contributions.

The project description (and etymology) is most elegantly delivered by the below passage from William H. Whyte in his Social Life of Small Urban Spaces:

“Some of the more felicitous spaces, furthermore, are leftovers, niches, odds and ends of space that by happy accident work very well for people. At 57th Street and Madison Avenue in New York there is a bank with two window ledges. They’re low enough for sitting and are recessed enough to provide wind protection. There is sun all day, a parade of passersby, and a the corner a vendor squeezing fresh orange juice. It is a splendid urban place. There are other such places, most provided by inadvertence. Think what might be provided if someone planned it.”

Definitely take a look at the wonderful Flickr Group to find a splendid urban place near you. And if you have a wonderful and undiscovered urban space of your own — please consider sharing it with the rest of us.

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