Public Spaces

October 13, 2008, 8am PDT
New York's Central Park was recently named to the APA's list of the country's 10 best public spaces. Sewell Chan wonders if the designation will really mean anything new for the park.
The New York Times
September 3, 2008, 8am PDT
Bill Thompson of the ASLA reports on a public space in Silver Spring, Maryland that upends everything landscape architects and planners think they know about what makes a successful public space.
ASLA's The Dirt blog
September 2, 2008, 10am PDT
A new study shows that city planners aren't following the guidelines established in last year's Gender Equality Duty, which requires planners to consider the different ways that women use public space.
University of Cambridge
August 26, 2008, 1pm PDT
Civic amenities, public spaces, and even housing could one day be formed by living trees. Researchers are looking into this new idea.
Popular Science
August 21, 2008, 7am PDT
Calling it a violation of public spaces, a new report from a civil liberties group in the UK has criticized the banning of public drinking in more than 600 places in England and Wales.
August 6, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>A Montreal business group sold sponsorship rights to Budweiser for an outdoor event on a closed street, but restauranteurs setting up outside think the deal goes too far as they are forced to sell the watery beer to their patrons.</p>
The Globe and Mail
August 3, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>The new Harley-Davidson Museum recently opened it's doors to the public, and the architecture firm Pentagram designed both the enormous exhibit space and the outdoor public spaces that connect the museum to the grid.</p>
The New York Times
August 3, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>In the summer, a handful of New Yorkers like Calvin Tsao remake public space into their own personal dining rooms.</p>
The New York Times
July 31, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Stores in Vancouver suburbs have installed a device outside their stores called a 'Mosquito' that emits a high-pitched frequency that the average adult can't hear. The device is effective in decreasing vandalism, but at what cost to public space?</p>
The National Post
July 29, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>New York's DOT is proposing a new plan to transform Astor Place from feeling like a freeway median to a pedestrian-friendly public space.</p>
The Villager
July 26, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>A Dallas suburb considers whether to change its sign regulations to allow a massive cuckoo clock in a public space. European cities often have them, but American cities rarely do.</p>
Dallas Morning News
July 23, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>The annual transformation of riverbanks to beaches has begun in Paris, where the River Seine becomes a widely visited outdoor public space known as Paris Plages.</p>
The Guardian
July 22, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>New York City's car-free "Summer Streets" events are proving to be popular. A three-and-a-half minute video offers a look at Saturday's Williamsburg Walks event on Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn.</p>
July 22, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>Washington D.C.'s National Mall is crumbling. Many say now's the time to start thinking about a new future for one of America's most prized public spaces.</p>
July 21, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>This article from <em>LA Weekly</em> looks at L.A.'s parks deficit and what some are trying to do to address it.</p>
LA Weekly
July 20, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Guerrilla gardening- planting flowers and edibles in untended pockets of cities- is a growing phenomenon. This article looks at a group of Toronto residents who've turned ugly medians into lush gardens.</p>
CTV Toronto
July 8, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>In an effort to raise extra money, cities and counties in Florida have been selling advertising in public spaces. Some say it's a good way to get extra revenue, but others worry about the visual pollution of public areas.</p>
Herald Tribune
July 7, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Street posters play an important role in participatory civic life, according to this article from <em>re:place</em> magazine.</p>
July 6, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>With tourist season in full effect, the Czech city of Prague is hoping to clean up its notoriously dirty streets with a new ban on littering and urinating in public places.</p>
Ceske Noviny
July 5, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>In this column, landscape architect Bill Thompson, FASLA, takes a look at the shortcomings of Boston's City Hall Plaza as a public space and what he feels are misguided efforts to preserve it.</p>
Land Online