One of our interns, Lauren Springer, has a personal research connection to the forthcoming re-release of City: Rediscovering the Center by William H. Whyte. In this post, Springer describes her experience working with some of Whyte's original research materials.
I was excited to see that this season Penn Press is publishing William Whyte’s City: Rediscovering the Center. Last summer, I was lucky enough to work with Professor Keith Hampton at the Annenberg School for Communication, conducting research for “Social Interaction in Public Spaces: A Longitudinal Study.” This ongoing study is attempting to make a cross-temporal comparison of the behavior of people in the 1970s and 2000s, focusing on how new technology affects the way people interact in public spaces. William Whyte used time lapse films of cities around the world to capture the behavior of people in urban spaces and the traffic flow of city streets.
As a research intern last summer, I worked to convert hundreds of Whyte’s original film reels from 8mm film