Public Spaces

May 11, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>A Los Angeles activist and artist has taken to placing street signs mimicking the city's no parking signs on traffic islands, declaring them parks.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
May 7, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Cairo's first new green space in more than 100 years has opened -- on top of a 500-year old garbage dump.</p>
NPR
May 4, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>To build a sense of community and improve long neglected but heavily used bus stops, a community group in South Los Angeles has begun creating colorful outdoor living rooms to give residents a place to sit and chat.</p>
The New York Times
April 27, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Vacant lots and underutilized dirt patches are the the romping grounds of a new breed of activists. Known as "guerrilla gardeners", groups of people all over the world are reclaiming their cities' public spaces and landscapes by planting seeds.</p>
The Guardian
Blog post
April 21, 2008, 12pm PDT

Many viewers may not fully appreciate movies as a visual story-telling medium, but that fact came home to me dramatically the other night while watching “Juno,” the off beat, smart and funny film that just snagged a best screenplay Oscar. The deliberate use of architecture and public spaces, in particular, was quite effective although you probably won’t find these references in plot summaries or synopses.

Samuel Staley
Blog post
April 18, 2008, 5pm PDT

From public transit to public parks to public space, this past week brought a lot of interesting and innovative ideas in the world of urban planning.

Nate Berg
April 18, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>Using laser technology, two artists have created a new type of "temporary graffiti" -- light shows that use public places as canvasses for their laser art.</p>
Time
April 17, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Three years after Irvine, California's "Great Park" was approved, development of the planned public spaces, homes and businesses has struggled to move forward. The housing crisis is being blamed for the lack of action.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
April 12, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Short on funding, Toronto's waterfront parks agency is considering a plan to sell the naming rights to the park's amenities, allowing corporate sponsors to add their name to such public features as walkways and play areas.</p>
The Canadian Press
April 12, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>With one of the world's higher rates of air pollution, Mexico City is cracking down on one type of emission: cigarette smoke. Smoking has been banned in all public places in the city, including office buildings and restaurants.</p>
Reuters
April 3, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>This article from <em>Orion</em> looks at an "urban wilderness" in Brooklyn that is being reclaimed and reused by locals.</p>
Orion
March 31, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>Redevelopment plans for Washington D.C. highlight the increased emphasis on public spaces.</p>
The Washington Post
March 26, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>This piece from <em>The Tyee</em> offers ideas about how to recreate streets into lively public green spaces.</p>
The Tyee
March 25, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>A public art exhibit in a Baltimore park has elicited complaints and compliments from various voices in the city. But like it or not, the art is good for the city's consideration of and connection to its public spaces, according to this editorial.</p>
The Baltimore Sun
March 25, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>A policy requiring new commercial developments to include public spaces has created more than a dozen new public places in downtown San Francisco since the 1980s. Some say more effort is needed to make these public places known by the public.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
Blog post
March 21, 2008, 5pm PDT
We all know there's a lot of planning going on around the world. Much of it is poor, short-sighted and generally just no good. But there are also some really great ideas being developed and adopted, and they should be considered by cities and communities all over the world as instructive examples of good planning. Here are what I think are some of the best ideas in urban planning from the last week.
Nate Berg
March 20, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>This piece from <em>The Chronicle of Higher Education</em> looks at the role design plays in encouraging interaction amongst academics and calls out for better planning.</p>
The Chronicle of Higher Education
March 17, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Officials in Miami-Dade County have just released their parks master plan, an ambitious proposal that looks to go beyond creating park space by redefining the region's public realm.</p>
The Miami Herald
March 14, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>This article from the <em>Brooklyn Daily Eagle</em> looks at the increasing public demand for Complete Streets in Brooklyn.</p>
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle
March 7, 2008, 8am PST
<p>With a focus on public spaces, Flint, Michigan, is looking to revitalize itself.</p>
Making Places