We share public and private spaces with our pets, but do we cater to them in the way we plan and design our cities? With the emergence of the word ‘pet friendly’ (dislike this word), it might seem that pets are considered. But are they really? Or are they simply squeezed into spaces built for people? The question I ask is: What’s in it for the pet?
In my work, I observe how humans and dogs use, move and interact within open spaces. These observations give me a better understanding of how dogs and humans interact with each other and with the physical environment. It also provides an insight into the complex relations between humans and dogs and between dogs and dogs.
If pets are important to us, we need to rethink the way we incorporate them into the planning and design of our cites, and move beyond the human centric approach.