Public Spaces

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.
Jul 10, 2014   Grist
<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?
Jul 16, 2012   The Economist
The Dirt looks at some new European public plazas that use interlocking paving materials with success.
Jul 7, 2012   ASLA's The Dirt blog
The smart phones that keep us constantly connected to cyberspace may have detrimental effects on our public spaces, writes Emily Badger.
May 20, 2012   The Atlantic Cities
Kaid Benfield laments the capital's "blah"-inspiring National Mall, and discusses three design competitions underway that could give it a second life.
Apr 20, 2012   Switchboard
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.
Mar 27, 2012   The New York Times
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.
Mar 8, 2012   The Atlantic
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.
Dec 15, 2011   The Christian Science Monitor
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.
Dec 3, 2011   The New York Times
Alyse Nelson says that when it comes to placemaking, sometimes all you need is some brightly-colored paint.
Nov 29, 2011   SightlineDaily
Planetizen regular Chris Whitis features some stunning shots of several of the winners of our recent Top 100 Public Spaces crowdsourcing survey.
Nov 8, 2011   Sitephocus