Playing with the Built City

  title={Playing with the Built City},
  author={Eleanor Saitta},
  journal={Urban Hacking},
Architecture and urban planning define much of the world we interact with. This has a wide variety of deep and not always immediately obvious effects—everything from the kinds of things we can do in public spaces to the kinds of families we can live with. While the transparency and responsiveness to actual community need varies, even the best architecture is usually conservative. The cities we end up with rarely allow us the kind of flexibility and humanity we want. Cities, buildings… 
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