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Bridging Theories, William H. Whyte and the Sorcery of Cities

Bridging Theories, William H. Whyte and the Sorcery of Cities AbstractWilliam H. Whyte is renowned for his textbook studies of the choreography of people in public space in the 1970s. From a pro-city bias, he focused on personal exchanges in the city centre to verify the benefits of density and intensity. As a public intellectual, he acted as a bridge to stage a rare fusion of urban theories. Using Whyte as model for an operative engagement with theory, the narrative pursued concerns how he zigzagged across intellectual horizons, adopting theories from adjacent fields, which helped unlock prerequisites for an atmosphere of “cityness” forged from the inherently wicked problem of cities; hence sorcery. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architecture and Culture Taylor & Francis

Bridging Theories, William H. Whyte and the Sorcery of Cities

Architecture and Culture , Volume 4 (3): 13 – Sep 1, 2016

Bridging Theories, William H. Whyte and the Sorcery of Cities

Architecture and Culture , Volume 4 (3): 13 – Sep 1, 2016

Abstract

AbstractWilliam H. Whyte is renowned for his textbook studies of the choreography of people in public space in the 1970s. From a pro-city bias, he focused on personal exchanges in the city centre to verify the benefits of density and intensity. As a public intellectual, he acted as a bridge to stage a rare fusion of urban theories. Using Whyte as model for an operative engagement with theory, the narrative pursued concerns how he zigzagged across intellectual horizons, adopting theories from adjacent fields, which helped unlock prerequisites for an atmosphere of “cityness” forged from the inherently wicked problem of cities; hence sorcery.

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Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN
2050-7836
eISSN
2050-7828
DOI
10.1080/20507828.2016.1251214
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Abstract

AbstractWilliam H. Whyte is renowned for his textbook studies of the choreography of people in public space in the 1970s. From a pro-city bias, he focused on personal exchanges in the city centre to verify the benefits of density and intensity. As a public intellectual, he acted as a bridge to stage a rare fusion of urban theories. Using Whyte as model for an operative engagement with theory, the narrative pursued concerns how he zigzagged across intellectual horizons, adopting theories from adjacent fields, which helped unlock prerequisites for an atmosphere of “cityness” forged from the inherently wicked problem of cities; hence sorcery.

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Architecture and CultureTaylor & Francis

Published: Sep 1, 2016

Keywords: W. H. Whyte; public space; urban theory; cityness; proximity

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