Urban Magnets


Design of public and private spaces should promote multiple aspects of life including: making, learning, celebrating, and participating in local, small-scale economic activities.

Allowing for a collision of these core human activities within adaptively designed environments promotes sub-communities and unique shared urban experiences.

Successfully designed urban places include careful design of the social and mercantile aspects of the environment.

Bumping into folks increases understanding and acceptance of others


Democratizing as much space as possible in dense urban environments creates societies of mixed-views, mixed-cultures, and shared community. Increasing the density of housing, shopping, recreating and working in mixed, shared environments, lowers crime and promotes tolerance and mutual experiences. Increased walkability to multiple activities is a critical design component.

The public realm is under your feet


The street. A laneway. A cut-through pathway. Where you are standing, walking or sitting is an opportunity for community.

Music, laughter, art, dance, feasts, and protests are the experiences of great places. Great design promotes freedom and vitality in the public realm.

The space between the door and the street is sacred

(there should always be a door)


Transitional space from public to private sends key cognitive signals about human habitation, the individual, and the community and cultivates healthy protected neighbourhoods.

Subtle design attributes matter; A few steps. Private space that has overlook. Opportunities for ownership and pride. An appropriate distance.