by Ha mh. Thai
“… the city is not a concrete jungle, it is a human zoo”
Desmond Morris: The Human Zoo
Obviously, urban areas are created by people and for people. They do not exist for cars or buildings. But day by day, human being is smaller and smaller in its own cities. Many buildings dominate places and turn their backs to the streets; many developments are gated. They say ‘Sod off… Go away’ to people instead of ‘Come in… Welcome’. At the same time that private realm has flourished with an emphasis on privacy and personal comfort, there has been a corresponding declining of public realm. Public realm is becoming an SEP (Someone Else’s Problem – Douglas Adams). Hence, the need to care about an urban environment for human has never been greater. However, how can we encourage market forces and free enterprises gives equal concern to both private and public realm?