Public Spaces

April 3, 2016, 9am PDT
The recent thaw in U.S. relations with Cuba, as well as President Obama's visit last month, have spurred conversations about Havana's future. Its public spaces are worn, but they're busy and well-designed.
Project For Public Spaces
December 22, 2015, 8am PST
Josh Stephens reports on the Pershing Square Renew Design Challenge, an effort to redo one of the "world's worst squares and plazas." The new Pershing Square may hearken back to the years before its misguided 1992 redesign.
Next City
November 10, 2015, 6am PST
In a field that seems divided between aesthetes and the activists, landscape architects may be closest to reconciling the two trends.
The Architect's Newspaper
Blog post
November 3, 2015, 2pm PST
Women and men experience public spaces differently. It is all too common for women to experience street harassment when in public spaces. Nina Flores explores the ways that this issue is being combatted in the online public realm.
Jennifer Evans-Cowley
October 4, 2015, 1pm PDT
Too often, street-side parklets become little more than semi-private patios for the businesses that sponsor them. Pavement parks, replacing dangerous intersections, may be a more worthwhile option.
Next City
September 7, 2015, 9am PDT
A planner and developer waxes poetic, and keeps it pragmatic too, about the importance of landscape architecture.
Toronto Star
Blog post
July 13, 2015, 5am PDT
Minecraft has players across the globe busy building future cities. CIties recognize the potential of MineCraft as a tool for engaging the public in imagining the future of their city.
Jennifer Evans-Cowley
February 13, 2015, 7am PST
Developers get a lot of milage from building privately owned public spaces—but the public often doesn't. Planners in San Francisco are now requiring buildings to make hidden POPS known, so that the public can actually use them.
San Francisco Chronicle
December 30, 2014, 2pm PST
A scathing op-ed by Joanne Cleaver provides a laundry list of public spaces and parks in Chicago spoiled, in her opinion, by heavy use from the canine companions of residents.
Chicago Tribune
July 10, 2014, 9am PDT
Even Andrews reports on the unsafe environment that women encounter while on their bikes—and the organizations and people who are working to make the roads safer from harassment.
Grist
June 10, 2014, 2pm PDT
A new report, the first of its kind, documents the pervasive harassment experienced by women, and many men, of all races, income levels, sexual orientations, and geographic locations. The report identifies the situation as an issue of human rights.
The Washington Post
November 25, 2013, 10am PST
A spate of recent cyclist deaths on London's streets brings the conflict between road users into high relief. Sam Jacobs argues that "brute engineering" alone isn't enough to resolve the conflict, we need to utilize intelligence and creativity.
Dezeen
July 29, 2013, 11am PDT
Seeking to help improve the city's livability and boost its attraction to talented workers, the Miami Foundation has launched an open competition to identify, and ultimately build, neighborhood public spaces.
Miami Herald
July 6, 2013, 5am PDT
Over 20 years, the TKF Foundation has funded the creation of dozens of “green refuges from the stresses of modern life”. With $4.5 million in funding for six new projects, they’re out to prove the physical and psychological benefits of such spaces.
The Atlantic Cities
July 3, 2013, 5am PDT
Just a few decades ago, clients were discouraging designers from providing comfortable resting spots in NYC's parks. For a crop of new public spaces, designers are dreaming up fanciful park furniture that beckons people to stop and stay a while.
The New York Times
April 30, 2013, 11am PDT
As the virtual and physical worlds become more intertwined, the role of the traditional architect and the information architect become more closely aligned. Emily Badger explores the ways that each discipline can help the other design public spaces.
The Atlantic Cities
December 25, 2012, 5am PST
Kaid Benfield delivers a photo essay full of holiday cheer that shows the suburbs aren't the only places that know how to accessorize for the season.
NRDC Switchboard
October 24, 2012, 1pm PDT
Sue Illman thinks so. And in this editorial for The Guardian, she argues that the success of the High Line signifies a new era in which the quality of our parks and public spaces, rather than our skylines, makes our towns and cities stand out.
The Guardian
September 20, 2012, 12pm PDT
Mackenzie Keast surveys the ten fundamental principles for placemaking identified by New York-based Project for Public Spaces (PPS) in their newly released handbook <em>Placemaking and the Future of Cities</em>.
Urban Times
September 12, 2012, 2pm PDT
Jay Walljasper chronicles the decline of lively public spaces in the era of "rampant traffic, proliferating privatization, heightened security...and the internet," and human kind's existential need for protecting and expanding the public realm.
On The Commons