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Spaces of Sociability: Enhancing Co-presence and Communal Life in Canada

Show simple item record Horgan, Mervyn Liinamaa, Saara MacLeod, Katie K. McIlwraith, Thomas Hunter, Devan Wilson, Edith Xu, Meng 2022-11-23T18:38:04Z 2022-11-23T18:38:04Z 2022-11
dc.description.abstract Digital technologies have transformed how we connect and socialize. Although virtual spaces command much of our attention, physical spaces remain essential to our everyday lives. This report synthesizes existing research on public spaces that potentiate, facilitate, and enhance relations between people beyond networks of primary relations, to better understand where sociability between strangers happens, where it does not, and how it may be enhanced. As central spaces of sociability, public spaces are an essential part of our social infrastructure.bAs spaces of sociability, public spaces improve quality of life by increasing opportunities for social contact, learning, leisure, play, and simply sharing space with strangers. Sociable public spaces facilitate interactions across social difference and create belonging; they can be both planned and flexible, and support a range of uses that respond to local needs and residents. The best sociable public spaces attend to historical, social, cultural, and community context; they include careful planning and programming and facilitate playfulness and improvised uses; they attend to basic human needs and foreground accessibility in multiple ways. To make public spaces better spaces of sociability, planners and policy makers need better more granular data on the social life of public spaces. Investments in public spaces as social infrastructure that supports diverse populations will counter social isolation, social fragmentation, and political polarization. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Co-funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and Employment and Social Development Canada. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
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dc.subject public space en_US
dc.subject social institution en_US
dc.subject ambiguously public spaces en_US
dc.subject public realm en_US
dc.subject canada en_US
dc.subject public policy en_US
dc.subject libraries en_US
dc.subject community centres en_US
dc.subject neighbouring en_US
dc.subject porches en_US
dc.subject POPS en_US
dc.subject social infrastructure en_US
dc.subject shopping malls en_US
dc.subject intergenerational en_US
dc.subject festivals en_US
dc.subject public art en_US
dc.subject benches en_US
dc.subject leisure en_US
dc.title Spaces of Sociability: Enhancing Co-presence and Communal Life in Canada en_US
dc.title.alternative Espaces de sociabilité : améliorer la co-présence et la vie communautaire au Canada en_US
dc.type Report en_US Department of Sociology and Anthropology en_US

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