Public Spaces

Developers get a lot of milage from building privately owned public spaces—but the public often doesn't. Planners in San Francisco are now requiring buildings to make hidden POPS known, so that the public can actually use them.
Feb 13, 2015   San Francisco Chronicle
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
Anne Schwartz compiles recent studies on the economic value of parks, describing how an investment in parks by the city will result in a healthier urban economy.
Jun 27, 2009   Gotham Gazette
Jay Walljasper argues that the need for accessible, vibrant public space grows along with the bad times.
Mar 17, 2009   WorldChanging
When Sony was preparing to build a virtual meeting space for Playstation 3 users, they took the unusual step of hiring a real-world architect, Kenji Ikemoto.
Jan 27, 2009   Business Week
As Mumbai recovers from the recent terrorist attacks, social worker Katia Savchuk reflects on how cities can be resilient to terrorism.
Dec 1, 2008   Where
Relative to those in Chicago's Grant Park or New York's Time Square, post-election celebration turnouts in San Francisco public spaces were sparse. But it's not because of urban design--it's the city's character.
Nov 13, 2008   The San Francisco Chronicle
A contest sponsored by the Vancouver Public Space Network asks the public to find Vancouver's heart, a civic square that best defines the city. Sean Ruthen ponders the city's relationships to the each its primary squares now.
Oct 30, 2008   re:place Magazine