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Salt Lake City, Utah: Exploring public spaces on the University of Utah Campus

  • 1705 Campus Center Drive Salt Lake City, UT, 84112 United States (map)

For this Jane Jacobs Walk we will be discussing what makes a successful public space, specifically on the University of Utah Campus. We will identify with various plazas/public spaces (all relatively close to each other) that are used on a regular basis by students, staff, and faculty. We will acknowledge that each space we visit is unique and has its own purpose, therefore deciding what creates a successful plaza or public space is largely up to the user. However, we will discuss the parameters that can be used as a references to identifying spaces as successful or not (and what can be done to improve them), in order to spark discussion and promote awareness. These references can be found at

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 12 pm to 1 pm

Walking Route:
The Walk will begin on the west side of the Milton Bennion Hall (MBH) there is a small amphitheater, which will be the first public space we analyze. From there we will head north until we reach the plaza between Orson Spencer Hall (OSH) and the Language and Communication (LNCO) buildings. After a discussion we will continue north and follow the wheelchair accessible path towards the Marriott Library. Once we reach the Library we will analyze two areas surrounding the Library. First will by the space directly to the north of the Marriott Library, then we will discussion about the large space directly to the east of the Marriott Library. Finally we will conclude the walk by heading south to the plaza between the C Roland Christensen Center (CCRC) and the new Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building (SFEBB). There is where the walk will conclude.


Host: Aaron Johnson, Beacon Leader, University of Utah Office of Engagement,
Contact Info:
Aaron Johnson

Theme: Walking

Accessibility: This event is accessible and open to Wheelchairs, Bicycles, Seniors, Children.

Registration: No, all are welcome.