Social Fabric

St Patricks Day  George St Brisbane QLD AUS

Image: streets have always served many functions. We seem to be reclaiming them or recapturing these events and activities?

Social fabric: events, activities and cultural infrastructure.  

We need to remind ourselves that the quality of the public realm is a means to an end not the end itself. 

Part of our experience with place is the trip to get there, the other people using it, the activities, the events, the facilities and other cultural infrastructure. We previously discussed how sense of place reflects a shared human engagement with the 'soul' of the place. It occurs when the users of a locality feel a deep-rooted attachment or belonging. It is not just based on the built and natural environment but also the cultural features, events, people and activity. These are referred to as "social fabric'.

In addition, places we like are not only created, designed and delivered – they also need to be maintained.

For projects to be developable and well cared for they must be economically viable, well managed and maintained. This means understanding the market considerations of developers, ensuring long term commitment from the community and the local authority, defining appropriate delivery mechanisms and seeing this as part of the design process.

(Llewelyn-Davies, 2000, p. 14)

Place Drivers

  1. Character
  2. Diversity
  3. Accessibility
  4. Fit & function
  5. Animators
  6. Continuity and enclosure
  7. Consistency & variety
  8. Legibility
  9. Structure
  10. Features
  11. Social fabric
  12. Sustainability


Place Preference

  1. Quality of the public realm
  2. Safety
  3. Creativity
  4. Sensory pleasure


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