Public Spaces

In a field that seems divided between aesthetes and the activists, landscape architects may be closest to reconciling the two trends.
Nov 10, 2015   The Architect's Newspaper
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?
Oct 29, 2010
Architecture critic Sarah Williams Goldhagen says that streets can't create public interaction in the way that unstructured spaces like urban parks can.
Oct 25, 2010   ASLA's The Dirt blog
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