The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces, William Whyte Jr, 1980

Regulating Facebook’s Public Spaces

In architecture school I wrote a dissertation arguing that urban design was no longer happening within the offices of architects, planners, and engineers, but within the lines of code written by small clusters of software engineers in California. My 21 year old self was both apprehensive and excited by this idea.

I proposed architects and urban designers start engaging with this new reality; that it…