I don't think we have a thread yet for more general discussion of town planning issues. These often have an impact on public spaces, the subject of this discussion, but buildings of course include public buildings. Even more generally, little influences towns and cities as much as where people live and where they have to go to do what they want to do, and the impact of this on the public spaces in between.
The vast majority of streets are public spaces, generally owned by accountable public authorities, and the buildings along them have a big influence on how a street 'feels'. (For the increasing phenomenon of privatised 'public' spaces, see this thread: https://www.lfgss.com/conversations/292623/) For instance, if the street is a narrow canyon between very tall façades, it will get less light; if all the buildings along a street are office buildings, it will feel deserted and without 'eyes on the street' outside of working hours.
Planning decisions are constantly made and constantly implemented. Most are bread-and-butter boring, but there are interesting ones every week.
Here's one that's very interesting:
It's a very unusual decision but one I welcome; perhaps there'll be at least a short stretch of canal that won't be towered over by large blocks of flats like the horrible 'Gainsborough Studios' development just across New North Road along Poole Street.
Not in London, but I thought this was a very interesting article about the Speke Estate in Liverpool:
I saw it linked from here:
The Sikh temples has a interest principle of free meals for everyone..it's said that this allows dignity for the eater as rich and poor all encouraged to use it.
This is technically a stealth advert for an estate agent, so ignore if you don't like that. I think it's quite worthwhile, though, as these things go (they're fairly regular features in the Standard and most large estate agents do them, I think). Anyway, this consists of computer graphic mock-ups of designs that didn't come to be superimposed on today's London:
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