People and Common Places
Common places are designed with regard to the needs of people. This is usually associated with the physical-material dimension of space, i.e. the natural and built environment. However, the social and individual dimension must also be included in the design of space. So common places are not only designed for people, but also with them. But how exactly do people relate to it? Why and which spaces are important for people? Neighbourhoods in housing estates for example start from a place and require a spatial-built structure that connects people living close to each other; a formation of buildings and facilities through which neighbours can make contact with each other or keep their distance. From a spatial sociological perspective, housing estates as physical superstructures do not simply exist as rigid, unchanging complexes, but have always been created in a certain temporal context under certain conditions and are subject to constant change through use. The neighbourly determination of belonging depends on the spatial density and proximity of the development. The circle of known neighbours in high-rise buildings is thus generally defined more narrowly, whereby the integration of various facilities made available to the residents for common use is decisive. Young people attribute particular importance to outdoor common places with installed playground equipment, sports fields and open spaces for their socialisation. The photos show a housing estate in the Les Olympiades neighbourhood in Paris.
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O-Young Kwon is 1 of 2 children of Korean guest workers and was born in Berlin, Germany. Gaining a Bachelor degree in urban economics and city planning, he decides to pursue his dream and make photography his full-time profession. A decade full of extensive work as a freelance lighting assistant and digital operator for advertisement campaigns and fashion photo productions all over the world followed and allowed him to derive valuable knowledge about the industry, making him realize a relentless urge for more sincere authenticity. His perception of photography led him to look into different cultures and made him aware of certain social issues, which are often rooted in political circumstances. So he inevitably turned into a conscientious photographer following ethical principles, who has been apolitical, but not anymore. Now O-Young Kwon works as a documentary photographer and multimedia journalist based in Hamburg, Germany.