The Design of Public Space

Albert Borgmann

in Real American Ethics

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780226066349
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226066356 | DOI:
The Design of Public Space

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This chapter asks if we as a society take an active role in shaping public space. And if we do, does the shape of public space give moral direction to our conduct? In short, while there is a need for the personal virtue of economy, is there a place for the political virtue of design? The chapter first looks at the historical setting of Churchill's principle, then at the imprint of the principle on the boonies of the northern Rockies, and finally at the impact the principle has recently had on the most metropolitan of cities, New York City, and on the focal point of Ground Zero.

Keywords: American society; political virtue; design; public space; Churchill; northern Rockies; New York City; Ground Zero; economy

Chapter.  5467 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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