Project For Public Spaces

April 3, 2016, 9am PDT
The recent thaw in U.S. relations with Cuba, as well as President Obama's visit last month, have spurred conversations about Havana's future. Its public spaces are worn, but they're busy and well-designed.
Project For Public Spaces
May 2, 2015, 5am PDT
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.
Policy Innovations
April 25, 2015, 5am PDT
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.
Project For Public Spaces
April 13, 2015, 5am PDT
'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.
James S. Russell
January 6, 2015, 2pm PST
What's new for placemaking advocacy in 2015? In short, being an effective communicator is in. Being self-concerned and oblivious is out.
PlaceShakers
November 14, 2014, 5am PST
Are you thinking about playborhoods, playsheds, and free-range kids? Berlin's Kolle 37 hits it out of the park. Literally.
PlaceShakers
October 1, 2014, 7am PDT
Greek orators, current solution-based efforts, and 25 photographs remind us of the central role of human opportunity in the urban environment.
The Huffington Post
September 11, 2014, 12pm PDT
James Rojas explains the importance of front porches in Latino-American communities.
Project for Public Spaces blog
April 4, 2014, 2pm PDT
Southwest Airlines joins Project for Public Spaces in an initiative to reactivate underused public spaces.
CNN Money - Fortune
January 20, 2014, 12pm PST
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.
The New York Times
December 3, 2013, 1pm PST
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.
PPS Placemaking Blog
April 4, 2013, 8am PDT
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.
Shelterforce Magazine
March 29, 2013, 11am PDT
Rather than succumb to the negative news surrounding Detroit's dire financial situation, businessman and booster Dan Gilbert is doubling down on his extensive investment in the city with an ambitious effort to enliven downtown's public spaces.
The Detroit News
March 8, 2013, 6am PST
In a compelling entry into the public dialog around placemaking, Project for Public Spaces argues that people, rather than merely places, create vibrancy in a community.
Sustainable Cities Collective
February 25, 2013, 2pm PST
The Project for Public Spaces (PPS) has released the results of a new study aimed at understanding how to "get more healthy food into...communities through farmers markets."
PPS Placemaking Blog
Feature
August 7, 2012, 4pm PDT

Public markets and multi-purpose streets date back to the very origins of cities.

Gary Toth
June 19, 2012, 7am PDT
The Project for Public Spaces has compiled a "how-to" list for re-claiming your community's public spaces.
Project For Public Spaces
June 18, 2012, 11am PDT
In his "Dream City" column, Will Doig looks at the attributes making tactical urbanism the hot revitalization trend for municipal authorities across the country.
Salon.com
April 28, 2012, 11am PDT
Planning to rent a movie this weekend? Before you do, check out the list of "Ten Great Movies for Placemakers" gathered by the folks at the Project for Public Spaces.
PPS: Placemaking Blog
March 14, 2012, 12pm PDT
Fred Kent, of the Project for Public Spaces, wades into the debate over architecture and design criticism with an affirmation of the importance of place, buttressing his argument with five successful contemporary buildings, and a Hall of Shame.
Project For Public Spaces