This presentation is based upon comparative research of communication patterns in public spaces of Greek communities in the United States and Greece. The study was predicated upon the contrast of two cultures: one in which public space continues to serve central social functions and the other (U. S.) in which public space is less important, perhaps even dc-emphasized. The research sought to answer some of the following queries: 1) What are the differences in the use and availablity of public space in Greece and the United States? 2) Does media technology alter the quality and quantity of public space, both in Greece and the U.S.? 3) Will the acceleration of media technology in Greece and the U.S. alter the need for, and demands placed upon, public space? Project Description Four hundred interviews were conducted in the United States and Greece from November 1990 to August 1991. In the United States, first generation Greek immigrants residing in Astoria, New York served as the sample population for the study. In Greece, individuals from Athens, Skiathos and Leros were interviewed in order to determine how and where individuals engage in social interaction. The survey was administered based on a probability sample design. A Public Space Profile was compiled and included a survey of all public sites available for social relationships. It included: plazas, parks, cafes, pubs, promenades, streets, kafeneon those sites which facilitate social interaction. The Public Space Profile was documented by the principal investigators who utilized a methodology of participant-observation. The Media Profile (the communication analysis) entailed a comprehensive survey of the media available and used in a definable community. The Media Profile recorded use and availability of mass media: books, newspapers and magazines, radio and television, videotape, videocassette, video disc, audio tapes, records, local film house; and micro media: letter writing, telephone, facsimile, hotlines, and computers. One of the major cultural variables that changes as a result of immigration is the alteration in the social setting which surrounds each person. Results of the study will provide guidance for revision of public policy, urban planning and design to meet the changing needs of new constituents using public spaces.