Project For Public Spaces

The Project for Public Spaces celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, spanning a seismic shift from modernist planning and urban decay of the 1970s to the urban resurgence and focus on smart growth of today. PPS's Ethan Kent reflects.
May 2, 2015   Policy Innovations
Southwest Airlines and the project for Public Spaces continue their partnership on the Heart of the Community program, awarding placemaking grants to six cities around the country.
Apr 25, 2015   Project For Public Spaces
'Placemaking,' the process by which cities and developers supposedly create appealing public spaces, is in a crisis, writes critic James Russell. Too many "made" places are generic and lack true relevance to the cities that build them.
Apr 13, 2015   James S. Russell
What's new for placemaking advocacy in 2015? In short, being an effective communicator is in. Being self-concerned and oblivious is out.
Jan 6, 2015   PlaceShakers
Are you thinking about playborhoods, playsheds, and free-range kids? Berlin's Kolle 37 hits it out of the park. Literally.
Nov 14, 2014   PlaceShakers
Greek orators, current solution-based efforts, and 25 photographs remind us of the central role of human opportunity in the urban environment.
Oct 1, 2014   The Huffington Post
James Rojas explains the importance of front porches in Latino-American communities.
Sep 11, 2014   Project for Public Spaces blog
Southwest Airlines joins Project for Public Spaces in an initiative to reactivate underused public spaces.
Apr 4, 2014   CNN Money - Fortune
By analyzing four public spaces using William H. Whyte's groundbreaking techniques for studying street life, a team of researchers led by Keith Hampton reached some surprising conclusions about how technology is changing our social interactions.
Jan 20, 2014   The New York Times
A study conducted by the Project for Public Spaces finds that New York's new CitiBike stations are a locus for more than just cycling. They provide wayfinding and street seating, serve as gathering places, and encourage random social interactions.
Dec 3, 2013   PPS Placemaking Blog
For far too long, the shaping of public spaces has been left to architects and urban planners, who plan from the top down. The most successful projects involve people directly in deciding how their public spaces will look, feel, and operate.
Apr 4, 2013   Shelterforce Magazine