Public Spaces

February 28, 2010, 7am PST
The City of Seattle is looking to revive some of its often forgotten and neglected urban spaces: alleys.
The Seattle Times
January 13, 2010, 5am PST
Blogger and landscape architect Lisa Town gathers a few D.I.Y. tables and chairs designed for creating instant public seating space for street food, including a hydrant tabletop.
Inspiration Wall
December 31, 2009, 2pm PST
Britain is becoming increasingly privatized as urban regeneration projects put entire neighborhoods in the hands of developers. One project spans 34 of Liverpool's streets, putting public space in private control.
The Guardian U.K.
December 23, 2009, 1pm PST
The designers of New York's popular High Line park have a radical new proposal for Cleveland's Public Square that turns the one square into four new ones.
Fast Company
November 5, 2009, 9am PST
Developer Bart Blatstein reimagined an old brewery in the outskirts of Philadelphia into an adapted Italian piazza. Locals worried it would be be too theme park-y, but community leaders are pleased with the results.
The New York Times
Feature
October 29, 2009, 10am PDT

Famed landscape architect Lawrence Halprin died this week at the age of 93.

Tim Halbur
October 1, 2009, 8am PDT
In San Francisco, the mid-Market St. area has struggled for decades with blighted conditions. An area property owner thinks that digital billboards could solve the problem, and has put a proposition on the local ballot to get them built.
The San Francisco Chronicle
September 22, 2009, 5am PDT
New parks are popping up with a quickness in San Francisco, where planners have fast-tracked the conversion of street spaces into pedestrian parks.
The Architect's Newspaper
August 17, 2009, 1pm PDT
In Malibu, CA, private property extends to the high tide waterline, where public land begins. An unofficial group of "urban rangers" is giving tours and dance performances along that line to explore the absurdity.
The Los Angeles Times
July 22, 2009, 2pm PDT
The gush of an uncapped fire hydrant in the summer is a welcome relief for urban dwellers, but the water loss is staggering. Landscape architect Adrienne Cortez decided to find a solution to keeping people cool and similarly activating public space.
Urban Omnibus
July 14, 2009, 6am PDT
Julia Galef takes a look at Secure Cities, a new website that maps the effect of security measures on public space since 9/11.
Metropolis Magazine
July 8, 2009, 8am PDT
<em>The Infrastructurist</em> offers four case studies of cities that have removed highways. The result: less congestion.
The Infrastructurist
June 27, 2009, 1pm PDT
Anne Schwartz compiles recent studies on the economic value of parks, describing how an investment in parks by the city will result in a healthier urban economy.
Gotham Gazette
March 17, 2009, 10am PDT
Jay Walljasper argues that the need for accessible, vibrant public space grows along with the bad times.
WorldChanging
January 27, 2009, 8am PST
When Sony was preparing to build a virtual meeting space for Playstation 3 users, they took the unusual step of hiring a real-world architect, Kenji Ikemoto.
Business Week
December 1, 2008, 2pm PST
As Mumbai recovers from the recent terrorist attacks, social worker Katia Savchuk reflects on how cities can be resilient to terrorism.
Where
November 13, 2008, 10am PST
Relative to those in Chicago's Grant Park or New York's Time Square, post-election celebration turnouts in San Francisco public spaces were sparse. But it's not because of urban design--it's the city's character.
The San Francisco Chronicle
October 30, 2008, 10am PDT
A contest sponsored by the Vancouver Public Space Network asks the public to find Vancouver's heart, a civic square that best defines the city. Sean Ruthen ponders the city's relationships to the each its primary squares now.
re:place Magazine
October 23, 2008, 2pm PDT
Robert Sibley comments on the worldwide problem of homeless people in public spaces, and reflects on how Canadians can and should manage them.
The Ottowa Citizen
October 17, 2008, 10am PDT
That's how landscape architect Edward L. Daugherty sees his job. “I think if there is a thread in my work, it’s to help people use the space that is available,” he says in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a retrospective of his work opens.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution