Public Spaces

December 12, 2010, 11am PST
Los Angeles is ugly. But it doesn't have to be, argues Sam Lubell.
The Architect's Newspaper
December 8, 2010, 12pm PST
More parks in the U.S. should fight funding issues through privatization, writes John Stossel.
December 8, 2010, 10am PST
Hundreds of public spaces -- from public parks to subway stations -- are open for bids from sponsors for naming rights.
The Wall Street Journal
October 29, 2010, 12pm PDT
Jay Walljasper says that Barcelona, once looked upon as a dirty, second-rate city now is a must-see like Paris or Rome. How did the Spanish turn Barcelona around?
October 25, 2010, 12pm PDT
Architecture critic Sarah Williams Goldhagen says that streets can't create public interaction in the way that unstructured spaces like urban parks can.
ASLA's The Dirt blog
October 13, 2010, 2pm PDT
The American Planning Association has released its 2010 selections for great public spaces, streets and neighborhoods, ranging from a sculpture garden in Alabama to New York's transformed Bryant Park.
American Planning Association
October 5, 2010, 10am PDT
Officials in London are relying on the creation of 86 new public spaces throughout the city to cut down on criminal behavior.
London Evening Standard
September 26, 2010, 1pm PDT
Jan Gehl sits down with Greg Linsday to talk about his new book, <em>Cities for People</em>, if Phoenix could take lessons from New York, and "the needs of the urban habitat of homo sapiens."
Fast Company
September 8, 2010, 10am PDT
With the centennial of the Panama-California Exposition that created San Diego's Balboa Square approaching, the city is considering turning back the neighborhood to its former car-free glory.
The Architect's Newspaper
September 7, 2010, 10am PDT
A new book by Robert Gatje gives public squares and piazzas the coffee-table treatment, meticulously detailing what makes these historic spaces work.
The Architect's Newspaper
September 4, 2010, 11am PDT
The increase in outdoor music festivals, guerrilla gardening, temporary restaurants, cinemas and pop-up shops are all examples of "a growing appetite for transforming our apparently prosaic, profit-led landscape into something else."
The Guardian
June 27, 2010, 7am PDT
A public art project that appeared in Brisbane, Australia proposes a "priority seating area for people who want conversation" in order to encourage friendly chatter on public buses.
I (heart) Public Space
June 26, 2010, 7am PDT
Martin Pedersen of Metropolis Magazine explains how a city ordinance termed the 'plaza bonus,' lead to the creation of more than five hundred "privately financed, privately owned, but public spaces."
June 2, 2010, 10am PDT
A group of planners and designers recently headed out to audit Petrossian Square in Manhattan, carefully observing how people use the space.
Planning Commissioners Journal
May 27, 2010, 8am PDT
With one of Philadelphia's best-supported public parks in danger of losing the private funding that keeps it maintained, <em>Philadelphia Inquirer</em> architecture critic Inga Saffron looks at the sad state of the city's parks.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
May 7, 2010, 11am PDT
Blair Kamin applauds a new plaza at the Trump International Hotel + Tower, and calls an aging public space nearby 'an eyesore.'
The Chicago Tribune
May 3, 2010, 8am PDT
Boston's Rose Kennedy Greenway is an urban park built over the "Big Dig" highway tunnel, and as Robert Campbell of the Boston Globe puts it, "a design disaster."
Project for Public Spaces blog
April 12, 2010, 2pm PDT
The City has reached a deal to take over 172-acres of undeveloped land from the State, and redevelopment possibilities are flooding in - public park, high school, commercial buildings, NYU satellite campus, and more.
New York Times
March 4, 2010, 7am PST
This piece from <em>Shareable</em> looks at the urban work of Enrique Penalosa and how it emphasizes the importance of happiness in cities.
March 3, 2010, 6am PST
The public library is being re-imagined as an interactive space with multimedia learning labs, coffee shops and government services.