While it is easy to imagine work that happens in a factory, office space, storefront or even our house offices, in many cities around the world a significant amount of work and income generation happens in public spaces. Sidewalks, transit hubs, street corners, and the bellies of flyovers become productive places of exchange, value creation and a place where many people work. These places are vital to the fabric of the cities in which they exist and serve as important junctions of exchange; their design and utility can marginalize or enable workers within those spaces. Many of these places have long histories within cities.
Building the inclusive cities envisioned for tomorrow, also requires examining and designing spaces where that economy can thrive.