Aat Vos, nai010 Publishers | $60
How can places that people regularly visit (other than their homes or workplaces) such as libraries, idea hubs, cultural centers, parks, start-up cafés, and other vital public spaces—so-called “third places”—make a valuable contribution to society, both now and in the future? “How to Make a Relevant Public Space” answers these questions from varied viewpoints, based on five paramount developments within the public space.
“Third Places for All” is an initiative of international creative guides and architect Aat Vos. It offers imaginative inspiration to architects and other creatives, policymakers, and administrators. The book includes more than 20 in-depth interviews with prominent figures in various fields—including urban development, planning, architecture, design, gaming, communication, and sociology—from professor Saskia Sassen and author Joe Pine (“The Experience Economy”), to industrial designer Karim Rashid and Marcela Sabino (director of the Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). Visual reports on inspiring third places and city tours of public destinations in places like Amsterdam, Tokyo, Oslo, and Toronto, complete the illustration of the modern public space within this unique source.