Every city that we love visiting has some great active open space. For example, Millennium Park in Chicago, Trafalgar Square in London and Dam Square in Amsterdam. These active open spaces are places where people come out and connect with each other for events and festivals. On a regular day, they also provide a spot for people to chill out, play and exercise.
As shown in the photo, the Ingalls Mall in Ann Arbor is mostly a green space that students walk through to get to different school buildings. But when summer arrives, it is transformed into a venue for the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, Arts Festival and a playground for people to play frisbee and football. Its proximity to downtown makes it easily accessible to everyone with or without cars. The medium-tall masonry-clad buildings with the high art deco bell tower in the background provides a unified backdrop for a movie night. One thing that is essential in making the mall so flexible is its lack of permanent furniture and trees in the middle. And of course, the mall would not be so active if the people of Ann Arbor do not have this culture of participating in events in the city.
ann arbor summer festival @ ingalls mall, downtown ann arbor – 8:04pm, jul 2, 2011