Placemaking

Cleveland, Ohio

Street Closure, Park Experiment Hits a Snag in Cleveland

In July, a local nonprofit closed down an entire street in the Ohio City neighborhood of Cleveland for a placemaking experiment that had to be partially dismantled before the three-month duration of the program was complete.

August 14, 2019 - The Plain Dealer

Portland Food Carts

Ode to Third Places

Urban strategist Michele Reeves writes about the of third places importance in the urban fabric.

July 28, 2019 - UrbDeZine

mayor of South Bend

The First Mayor to Become President?

Pete Buttigieg, in his eighth and final year as mayor of South Bend, Indiana, a formerly shrinking Rust Belt city, is on a roll in his bid to capture the Democratic nomination to challenge President Trump next year. The Indy Star looks at his record.

April 3, 2019 - The Indianapolis Star

Main Street

Main Street as a Microcosm of the World

How can a three-day design workshop make a difference? Be a strong local partner able to convene community. Rob Steuteville at CNU Public Square shares lessons learned.

March 24, 2019 - CNU Public Square

Italy

A Good Read for Planners and Peers: Why Old Places Matter

A recent book brings a common sense framework to historic preservation debates.

February 13, 2019 - Charles R. Wolfe

Plan Voisin

Op-Ed: Utopian Thinking Poses Continued Dangers for Urbanists

Charles Wolfe calls attention to similarities between contemporary urbanism and yesterday's debunked utopias. The two may differ in substance, but both tend toward a certain level of dogma that isn't necessarily helpful on the ground.

October 30, 2018 - Public Square: A CNU Journal

Seattle View

How Setting Makes a Place: A Seattle Retrospective

Chuck Wolfe reflects on his rapidly changing hometown, arguing that Seattle’s signature location and setting—however rearranged by the regrades of the past, Freeway Park, or a pending James Corner-led waterfront remake—remains for all to see.

August 7, 2018 - Crosscut

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Reexamining Notions of Placemaking

Surveying the public discussion for answers about how to make sense of placemaking.

January 15, 2018 - Arch Daily

Lancaster Central Market

Making the 'Case for Healthy Places'

The Project for Public Spaces recently released a new report titled "The Case for Healthy Places: Improving Health through Placemaking."

December 21, 2017 - Project For Public Spaces

8 Tips for Suburban Placemaking

Suburban areas looking to improve public places can try following this advice.

October 14, 2017 - Build a Better Burb

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Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Hand Drawing Master Plans

This course aims to provide an introduction into Urban Design Sketching focused on how to hand draw master plans using a mix of colored markers.