Public Spaces

Too often, street-side parklets become little more than semi-private patios for the businesses that sponsor them. Pavement parks, replacing dangerous intersections, may be a more worthwhile option.
23 hours ago   Next City
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.
Oct 13, 2010   American Planning Association
Officials in London are relying on the creation of 86 new public spaces throughout the city to cut down on criminal behavior.
Oct 5, 2010   London Evening Standard
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."
Sep 26, 2010   Fast Company
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.
Sep 8, 2010   The Architect's Newspaper
A new book by Robert Gatje gives public squares and piazzas the coffee-table treatment, meticulously detailing what makes these historic spaces work.
Sep 7, 2010   The Architect's Newspaper
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."
Sep 4, 2010   The Guardian
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.
Jun 27, 2010   I (heart) Public Space
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."
Jun 26, 2010   Metropolis
A group of planners and designers recently headed out to audit Petrossian Square in Manhattan, carefully observing how people use the space.
Jun 2, 2010   Planning Commissioners Journal
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.
May 27, 2010   The Philadelphia Inquirer