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Public Spaces

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Cities need to increase density, but the design of buildings can drastically affect people’s quality of life. Architects are using new tactics and tools to create innovative structures where light, air, and space are not compromised.
Fast Company
August 8, 2019, 1pm PDT
Self-driving cars are likely to become part of the urban landscape in the future, and they have the potential to drastically alter urban environments—in good and bad ways.
The Washington Post
June 2, 2019, 11am PDT
While they're often treated as mere assets to be maintained or abandoned for other uses, public spaces can be an active part of cities' plans for equitable revitalization.
Governing
April 22, 2019, 10am PDT
The Seattle Department of Transportation recently released its first-ever public life study.
Streetblog USA
September 22, 2018, 9am PDT
A new map shows where privately owned public spaces are located to encourage more public use.
Curbed New York
September 17, 2018, 7am PDT
Richard Florida talks with sociologist Eric Klinenberg about his new book and the places and organizations that help hold society together.
CityLab
April 3, 2018, 1pm PDT
There are a lot of great places to celebrate in Texas, and the state chapter of the American Planning Association is in the second year of a program that calls attention to the role of planners in making them happen.
Great Places in Texas Announcement
September 15, 2017, 10am PDT
James Vincent finds the claim that Apple stores are on their way to becoming "town squares" laughably pretentious.
The Verge
May 6, 2017, 5am PDT
Melissa Hege, AICP, shares her thoughts on what every urban enthusiast should know about good streets and great places.
Modern Cities
April 26, 2017, 1pm PDT
If companies like Startship and Marble get their way, sidewalks will play host to hundreds of rolling delivery bots. It's one solution to "last-mile" logistics, but are pedestrians prepared to give way?
The Guardian
Blog post
March 13, 2017, 5am PDT
It was clear to the City of Toronto that engaging less confident cyclists that make up 60% of the population, yet seldom come to community meetings, might be the key to dramatic mode shifts in the city. Here's how it happened.
Dave Biggs
March 2, 2017, 7am PST
Hoping to shake city folks out of our everyday stupor, Charles Wolfe has written a book on observing the city.
CityLab
January 17, 2017, 10am PST
Gainesville turns contaminated land into a contemporary public greenspace to serve as the city's “Central Park."
Modern Cities
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
December 22, 2015, 8am PST
Josh Stephens reports on the Pershing Square Renew Design Challenge, an effort to redo one of the "world's worst squares and plazas." The new Pershing Square may hearken back to the years before its misguided 1992 redesign.
Next City
November 10, 2015, 6am PST
In a field that seems divided between aesthetes and the activists, landscape architects may be closest to reconciling the two trends.
The Architect's Newspaper
Blog post
November 3, 2015, 2pm PST
Women and men experience public spaces differently. It is all too common for women to experience street harassment when in public spaces. Nina Flores explores the ways that this issue is being combatted in the online public realm.
Jennifer Evans-Cowley
October 4, 2015, 1pm PDT
Too often, street-side parklets become little more than semi-private patios for the businesses that sponsor them. Pavement parks, replacing dangerous intersections, may be a more worthwhile option.
Next City
September 7, 2015, 9am PDT
A planner and developer waxes poetic, and keeps it pragmatic too, about the importance of landscape architecture.
Toronto Star
Blog post
July 13, 2015, 5am PDT
Minecraft has players across the globe busy building future cities. Cities recognize the potential of MineCraft as a tool for engaging the public in imagining the future of their city.
Jennifer Evans-Cowley