Cities and Urbanization

Here's why urban design can make people less likely to use public spaces

Urban design can result in people feeling less able or willing to use public spaces. Image: Unsplash/Pascal Bernardon

Jose Antonio Lara-Hernandez

Senior Researcher in Architecture, University of Portsmouth

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