Public Spaces

A spate of recent cyclist deaths on London's streets brings the conflict between road users into high relief. Sam Jacobs argues that "brute engineering" alone isn't enough to resolve the conflict, we need to utilize intelligence and creativity.
Nov 25, 2013   Dezeen
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.
Dec 31, 2009   The Guardian U.K.
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.
Dec 23, 2009   Fast Company
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.
Nov 5, 2009   The New York Times
Famed landscape architect Lawrence Halprin died this week at the age of 93. Halprin is highly regarded in his field, but in terms of urban planning many of his designs have not stood up to the test of time. Managing Editor Tim Halbur explores his legacy. Exclusive
Oct 29, 2009  By Tim Halbur
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.
Oct 1, 2009   The San Francisco Chronicle
New parks are popping up with a quickness in San Francisco, where planners have fast-tracked the conversion of street spaces into pedestrian parks.
Sep 22, 2009   The Architect's Newspaper
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.
Aug 17, 2009   The Los Angeles Times
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.
Jul 22, 2009   Urban Omnibus
Julia Galef takes a look at Secure Cities, a new website that maps the effect of security measures on public space since 9/11.
Jul 14, 2009   Metropolis Magazine
<em>The Infrastructurist</em> offers four case studies of cities that have removed highways. The result: less congestion.
Jul 8, 2009   The Infrastructurist