|Overview: Ghost Spaces|
|Type||Urban PlanningUrban DesignPublic Space|
|Definition||Underutilized public spaces.|
|Related Concepts||CitiesFreedom To RoamLess Is A BoreMinimalism|
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What are Ghost Spaces?
John Spacey, updated on August 14, 2016
Ghost spaces are underutilized public spaces in an urban area. The primary cause of ghost spaces is a poor design that lacks interesting features or a pleasant atmosphere that draws people. Secondary factors in some cities are safety, perceived safety, pollution and inadequate transportation. In some cases, committees of experts such as architects, artists and sociologists design public spaces to have academic appeal that has little value to a neighborhood. For example, simple concrete public squares that stem from academic ideas such as minimalism and truth to materials may fail to attract public appreciation or use.
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