Public Spaces

July 16, 2012, 9am PDT
<em>The Economist</em> looks at the improvements made to London's public spaces over the last decade, as the city's first elected mayors strove to improve the capital city's environs. So why has the city failed to keep up with its global competitors?
The Economist
July 7, 2012, 11am PDT
The Dirt looks at some new European public plazas that use interlocking paving materials with success.
ASLA's The Dirt blog
May 20, 2012, 11am PDT
The smart phones that keep us constantly connected to cyberspace may have detrimental effects on our public spaces, writes Emily Badger.
The Atlantic Cities
April 20, 2012, 7am PDT
Kaid Benfield laments the capital's "blah"-inspiring National Mall, and discusses three design competitions underway that could give it a second life.
Switchboard
March 27, 2012, 10am PDT
Eran Ben-Joseph pens an opinion piece in <em>The New York Times</em> calling for the transformation of the parking lot to capture its true value as a public space.
The New York Times
March 8, 2012, 11am PST
Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg interviews Gwenaëlle Gobé, director of a new film called <em>This Space Available</em>, which seeks to document the rise of "visual pollution" and those who are fighting to stop it.
The Atlantic
December 15, 2011, 10am PST
With federal funding throw at homeland security over the last decade, architects and urban designers found an opportunity to develop great public spaces that are enjoyable as well as secure, writes Carol Strickland.
The Christian Science Monitor
December 3, 2011, 9am PST
Architect and planner Alexander Garvin takes a walk through New York City's public spaces, and says the city has been paying too much attention to new buildings and not enough on the public realm.
The New York Times
November 29, 2011, 5am PST
Alyse Nelson says that when it comes to placemaking, sometimes all you need is some brightly-colored paint.
SightlineDaily
November 8, 2011, 2pm PST
Planetizen regular Chris Whitis features some stunning shots of several of the winners of our recent Top 100 Public Spaces crowdsourcing survey.
Sitephocus
Feature
October 27, 2011, 10am PDT
The results of our crowdsourcing project, in collaboration with the Project for Public Spaces, reveal not an objective Top 100 but instead a handful of communities passionate about their own local public spaces.
Tim Halbur
October 24, 2011, 7am PDT
Michelle Bruch talks with placemaking expert Fred Kent about the makeover he helped orchestrate of Detroit's Campus Martius Park.
YongeStreet
October 15, 2011, 1pm PDT
Carl F. Meyer of Perkins+Will presents three things he strives for to make vibrant public spaces, and all three involve mixing it up.
Fast Company
October 7, 2011, 10am PDT
Terry Kerby speaks to professionals about the trend toward redeveloped and landscaped city center living and the re-evaluation of the merits of slums and suburbia that has sparked a resurgence of interest in high rise living and public space.
The Guardian
Feature
October 6, 2011, 11am PDT

For the past few weeks, we’ve been asking you to help us crowdsource the Top 100 Public Spaces in the U.S. and Canada, in collaboration with Project for Public Spaces.

Tim Halbur
October 4, 2011, 1pm PDT
Every year the APA reveals a list of great public spaces in America. Bicentennial Capitol Mall Park in Tennessee is just one of they have chosen. Other places include Milwaukee RiverWalk in Wisconsin and Monument Circle in Indiana.
American Planning Association
September 19, 2011, 6am PDT
Aaron Hanauer and Colleen Ayers explain that the "rural cemeteries", a form that began in the early 19th century, used to be a popular place for family outings. With land in cities at a premium, could they be so again?
On The Commons
September 15, 2011, 2pm PDT
Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the NEA, has long make the link between the arts and economic development. He is one of the big hitters behind ArtPlace, a public-private collaboration to foster creative placemaking.
ArtPlace
Feature
September 15, 2011, 10am PDT

Planetizen and Project for Public Spaces want you to help us determine the best public spaces in the United States and Canada.

Tim Halbur
August 24, 2011, 9am PDT
A new public space is coming to 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, and the city plans to crowdsource its name.
University City District