Exercise – Book Report/Review Example
“The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces” by William H. Whyte Book Review William Whyte’s architectural piece The Social Life ofSmall Urban Spaces evaluates the benefits and problems of urban spaces. The author focuses on the natural order of spaces and the manner in which people utilize them by providing a perceptive analysis of urban spaces (Whyte 15). For instance, based on the ideas in the film, the two gathering spaces on Miami’s campus that are successful are the museum of arts and the library. This is because they can accommodate more students, which help in eliminating congestion and improve space utilization. The attributes of the museum of Arts is that it hosts historical artifacts and artistic elements that reveal the school’s heritage. The attribute of the library is that it offers a favorable reading environment free of noise and other interferences.
One gathering space on Miami’s campus that is unsuccessful is the park near the library, which is not visible from the classes or the nearby streets (Whyte 19). As a result, the students use the park as idling dens where they can relax and waste time instead of attending lectures. The other deficiency of this park is that it distracts the reading activities in the library caused by the idlers’ noises. It would be essential to improve the park to make it useful, such as erecting benches and study tables. This would be important for those who would like to study outdoors or engage in other sporting activities like chess. The film is instrumental in the planning of the Miami Campus since it exposes the beneficial and unfavorable spaces within the institution.
Whyte, William H. The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces. New York: Project for Public Spaces,