An interview with me exploring the underlying themes of Urban Play has just been published on the European Urban Knowledge Network. It’s a nice platform for the debate Urban Play is causing, as the EUKN is primarily read by urban planners and policy makers. Here’s a clip:
“… [shared space in the city] is increasingly devoted to commercial messages and advertising – communication that is exclusively one-way: the public is being spoken at, in areas where the social expectation is one of shared interactions between people, so the same is expected of the shared visuals of the areas. Yet the one-way visuals and communications of the city run in opposition to the instinctive behaviour of people in the city. Therefore people are increasingly reversing the communication streams of the city and are communicating back.”
I’m fairly pleased with how the interview went. So if it’s a slow news day where you are, you can read the rest of it here.