It is always worthwhile to look at these reactions to reexamine the nature and potential uses of the residual space. Are the concerns justified? Can the attributes be reframed as an asset, or if they cannot, can the defensible posture become more embracing of the public?
In the case of the windows:
- What are the specific concerns about seating (potential to break the window, obscuring displays, people sitting there who may bother potential customers)?
- Is there a way the business could use the seating to become an actual amenity to customers and a way to help attract more people inside?
- If seating cannot be used as an asset, and it becomes necessary to assume a defensive approach, are there less hostile ways to occupy the space? Could sculptural forms be used to add some public art? Perhaps an art installation could even be tied into the marketing brand of the establishment.
The marginal activities attracted to residual spaces may often fall into hostile forms of mitigation, but taking the time to understand them can often lead to rewarding new ways to engage the public and improve the quality of the overall place.
Observation of the day - a planter can be a productive way to occupy recessed window spaces: