Users’ Values

The designer should incorporate the users’ values into the neighborhood design process instead of relying exclusively on his own values. Often the user’s values are different from designer’s. Hugh C. Davies has described this problem as being particularly acute in the planning and design of neighborhood space. When answering the question, “Who is neighborhood open space for?” designers generally say “for all the peorple.” But Davis notes that many open spaces are not for all the people. But Davis notes that many open spaces are not for all the people. They are for the affluent white middle class who know how to use and respect them. (…)

Samuel Z. Klausner described the conflict between designers’ and users’ values in this manner: “Typically, individuals project the recreational culture of their own social circle or social class, on the larger society. Members of each class or circle belive that others share their recreational interests or that it would be good for them if they did. The absurdity is now apparent. 

Randolph T. Hester, Community Design (1974)

Ana Bico + Juan Diego Díaz Rodríguez, Plaza Casavalle (2014)

Casavalle Square is the center of a strategy of shifts in the more dangerous neighborhoods of Uruguay. Of course, that strategy does not focus only in the design of popular values designed spaces there are many other working lines from family support to almost military control. But attracting children to the street is a very important step to involve communities in social problems.

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vty is professor on Landscape Theory and Landscape design at the Catalonian Politecnical University in Barcelona and at the Politecnico di Milano

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