Are urban morphology and urban space interlinked?
Public space should be accessible to all and reflect the diversity of the inhabitants and their needs. Iconic public places are often used by inhabitants as their meeting place at significant times such as New Year. The Thames in London near the London Eye or Times Square in New York are examples of this as people congregate to socialize and welcome the new year together. New York city was encouraged to create plazas so that areas of development incorporated open spaces. “The best-used plazas are sociable places.”
Urban morphology and urban space are interlinked as they follow the same pattern of development and there is intentionality in design and planning that provides links between the buildings internal spaces and the external spaces. The vibrancy of parts of the city can be enhanced by the use of public space that is specifically designed to encourage the inhabitants in social interaction. “What attracts people most, it would appear, are other people.” Therefore, a properly designed space in the morphology of the city will encourage people to inhabit it. Attractiveness comes through sitting areas, restaurants, trees, water and entertainment. In other words, urban morphology is not just about the layout of buildings but also by bearing in mind the inhabitants and their interactions by providing the appropriate urban space.