Placemaking

May 31, 2017, 1pm PDT
Another reason European placemaking has North American applications: it wasn't always perfect. Hazel Borys looks to simple town planning lessons from a village in Normandy.
PlaceShakers
May 29, 2017, 5am PDT
The word "sticky" when applied to the urban design context has come to mean attractive and comfortable—the kind of place that makes people want to stay away and make return visits. Detroit is the latest city to experiment with the concept.
Detroit Free Press
Blog post
May 15, 2017, 8am PDT
There’s very little that differentiates proposals by four distinguished planning and design firms to better connect my university to its immediate neighborhood and the wider city. Why is that, and does it have to be that way?
Dean Saitta
April 28, 2017, 9am PDT
Like music, environmentalism's tenets evolved from precedent, and Kaid Benfield hopes they are evolving still.
PlaceShakers
March 1, 2017, 10am PST
Placemaking: what does the term really mean? And how it can most effectively serve the needs of the most people. Scott Doyon shares some ideas.
PlaceShakers
February 15, 2017, 2pm PST
The care that goes into each Little Free Library makes each example special and unique. A little architectural expertise can't hurt either.
Quartz
January 30, 2017, 10am PST
Following the lead set by other franchises, professional sports teams are becoming real estate developers seeking to create vibrant places that attract commerce on non-game days.
Modern Cities
January 14, 2017, 1pm PST
Ben Brown on placemaking implications of today's politics
PlaceShakers
January 10, 2017, 10am PST
Disney's efforts to make a quaint American town both failed and succeeded in ways few could have predicted.
The Economist
December 15, 2016, 2pm PST
Ginger White Brunetti, deputy director of Denver Arts & Venues, discusses cultural policy in the Colorado capital.
Soft City
December 12, 2016, 1pm PST
Tulsa's Guthrie Green proves Tulsa, Oklahoma isn't just known for parking craters any longer.
Modern Cities
November 1, 2016, 11am PDT
Nasvhille's embrace of temporary urban interventions is producing amazing results that are capturing the imagination of both locals and tourists alike.
Modern Cities
September 12, 2016, 11am PDT
"My twitter stream is alive with the sound of placemaking," writes Chuck Wolfe. While preparing for this week's Placemaking Week in Vancouver, he explains the importance of PPS-led programming and hopes for various panels, proceedings and events.
The Huffington Post
March 30, 2016, 2pm PDT
Seattle's beloved Pike Place offers a case study in how careful governance builds the foundation for flourishing places.
Brookings
March 24, 2016, 12pm PDT
After three years, an ambitious placemaking plan for downtown Detroit has delivered results, but not as quickly as its architects hoped.
Crain's Detroit Business
March 21, 2016, 5am PDT
It's a term that gets bandied about by the "creative class" to describe an endless array of projects, from whimsical pop-up art to new uses for century-old buildings. But what does placemaking really mean?
Comstock's Magazine
March 7, 2016, 5am PST
Aaron Renn writes an argument against economic development investments in the form of stadiums, casinos and convention centers—favored by so many local governments.
Governing
November 17, 2015, 6am PST
In advance of what may be a wider program, Philadelphia's alleys have been ranked for their aesthetic quality. Those in the "average" range are most suitable for retrofits.
The Architect's Newspaper
Blog post
October 18, 2015, 1pm PDT
The question is often asked and answered by urban planners and placemakers. The perspective offered here boils the essential qualities down to centrality, connectivity, and cachet, with a strong dose of urban "commoning."
Dean Saitta
September 29, 2015, 5am PDT
No single tool builds "walk appeal" as powerfully as sidewalk cafes, which are both a cause and an effect of places we love to walk.
The Original Green Blog