One of the most fascinating segments of the Town Branch Commons Competition was the event “Design Adds Value to the Commons: Five Landscape Architects.” The top five finalists in the competition each provided a public presentation discussing some truly beautiful urban, common spaces that people loved. You can see their videos below. If you’re like me, it was hard to view these incredible public, urban spaces presented by the landscape architects without feeling a sense of longing. I want to visit these spaces. Check out New York’s High Line, for example:
Don’t you want to experience that space?
If you’re interested, here’s a great Q&A via The Huffington Post with the woman who helped drive the High Line project.
Design in a city matters because it helps build an emotional connection. When you look at what truly attracts people to cars or even Apple products, so frequently it is the industrial design. Many people may claim that practicality drives their purchases, but businesses understand that emotion is a major driver of decision-making, as the Urbanophile explains.
What are your thoughts on the importance of design and the beautiful spaces presented by the finalist firms? Check out the videos below and share your thoughts in the comments!