This video from Ted X caught Walkspaces interest this week.

A former animal behaviorist and New York’s head of city and urban planning, Amanda Burden, discusses the power of public spaces for the benefit of the wider public and the city as a whole.

She discusses the importance of detail design, the benefits of prototyping and understanding human interaction within public spaces. This will however get you only so far she states, you need to tap into humanity to truly create successful public spaces, using the Highline project as a prime example.

By understanding humanity you can create public spaces that define a city, define the people who use those spaces and why you want to stay in a city.

What do you want out of a public space?