Public Spaces

August 10, 2011, 6am PDT
Houston is leading the way in creating new public spaces. This article from The Project for Public Spaces looks at a few of the city's efforts.
Project For Public Spaces
August 9, 2011, 12pm PDT
Public art plays a role in cities across the world. But what role exactly, and for what purpose? <em>Glass House Conversations</em> explores these questions in this series.
Glass House Conversations
August 4, 2011, 2pm PDT
The Project for Public Spaces says that despite its reputation as a sprawling, planning-free city, Houston is turning the lack of city planning to its advantage by inspiring a bottom-up approach.
Project for Public Spaces blog
July 7, 2011, 8am PDT
The projects across the country having the biggest impact on the feel and function of cities are more often than not the work of landscape architects, according to the American Society of Landscape Architects.
THE DIRT
June 28, 2011, 10am PDT
New York's new big plans are actually quite small, according to this architectural review from <em>The Guardian</em>.
Guardian
June 22, 2011, 10am PDT
The La Independencia neighborhood in Medellin, Colombia sprawls up a hillside, leaving the inhabitants to walk up to 10 flights of stairs every day. An ambitious development program is considering building an outdoor network of escalators.
TheCityFix.com
June 13, 2011, 6am PDT
Anthony Townsend comments on a recent study that is wary of wireless access in public spaces. He says the study has an outdated understanding of how people use spaces today.
Urban Omnibus
June 7, 2011, 2pm PDT
Sadik-Khan writes a guest blog for Streetsblog on lessons Los Angeles could learn from New York's embrace of public spaces and streets.
Streetsblog
May 24, 2011, 7am PDT
Sally Augustin stumbled upon a curved park bench at the heart of a public space, and found herself drawn into the brilliance of its curves.
Metropolis Magazine
April 21, 2011, 8am PDT
UN-HABITAT (United Nations Human Settlement Programme) recently adopted its first ever resolution on public space, encouraging equity and the development of quality public spaces.
Project for Public Spaces blog
April 12, 2011, 9am PDT
With funding in question, the future of public libraries is uncertain. This slideshow explores how libraries function as a commons and public space in American cities.
Places
April 5, 2011, 7am PDT
New outdoor, publicly accessible ping pong tables are taking hold in New York City, adding an extra element of health and activity to some of the city's public parks.
The New York Times
April 2, 2011, 11am PDT
The "commons" are increasingly falling into the hands of private owners, prompting Jay Walljasper to what it means to have commonly shared spaces in the modern world.
Terrain
March 1, 2011, 2pm PST
Will digital communications make cities obsolete, or can online connections actually complement the face-to-face interactions and the cities that support them?
New York Times
February 27, 2011, 11am PST
As popularity of "temporary urbanism" initiatives rises, there are increasingly efforts to regulate these sites. Jonna McKone of TheCityFix analyzes the trend.
TheCityFix
January 31, 2011, 11am PST
San Jacinto Plaza is the historic heart of El Paso, Texas. City officials are planning a major redevelopment of the plaza, perhaps even expanding its traditional borders and using New York's Bryant Park rebirth as a model.
The El Paso Times
January 19, 2011, 7am PST
This piece from <em>Next American City</em> looks at plans to dramatically rework streetscapes in Boston, and cheers the effort.
Next American City
January 12, 2011, 9am PST
Critic Philip Kennicott attends a lecture by architect Robert Gatje on great public squares and bemoans the fact that Washington, D.C. has a serious lack of them.
The Washington Post
December 27, 2010, 10am PST
A new Independence Mall stands in the historic heart of Philadelphia, a decade after the old mall's demolition. According to <em>The Inquirer's</em> Inga Saffron, the new space has been a major boon for tourists but has alienated many city residents.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
December 26, 2010, 11am PST
Deborah Marton, Executive Director of the Design Trust for Public Space, asks, "Obviously public space should be beautiful and well designed for circulation, but what else should it do?"
Glass House Conversations