Placemaking

October 31, 2014, 1pm PDT
Dan Reed examines the Green Line in Minneapolis near the campus of the University of Minnesota as a case study of how transit can improve streets.
Greater Greater Washington
October 25, 2014, 9am PDT
In the fifth of his "place-decoding" series from France, Chuck Wolfe recalls how we carry with us the ability to mine pride from place, even in places that are, perhaps, least expected to shine.
The Huffington Post
October 15, 2014, 8am PDT
For the last several decades, North American cities have used growth as a primary economic engine. Increasingly less dense new growth is subsidized by the more dense core, but requires a growth rate that is not supportable in the long term.
PlaceShakers
October 9, 2014, 10am PDT
In his fourth "place-decoding" essay from France, Chuck Wolfe illustrates how a traditional placemaking intervention is especially powerful when underlying urban fundamentals align.
Huffington Post
October 2, 2014, 11am PDT
A new cross-disciplinary report cites 32 case studies to offer practical solutions for integrating trees into civic spaces and surface car parks.
Trees in Hard Landscapes: A Guide for Delivery
September 30, 2014, 7am PDT
Inspired by the Paris Plages temporary urban beach along the Seine, a temporary beach in a park in Downtown Detroit is inspiring the Motor City to rethink its public spaces.
Project For Public Spaces
September 25, 2014, 5am PDT
In his third "place-decoding" essay from France, Chuck Wolfe recalls all that we can learn from walking between settled places.
The Huffington Post
September 24, 2014, 7am PDT
Kaid Benfield shares his placemaking pitch.
NRDC Switchboard
September 13, 2014, 11am PDT
In his second Huffington Post article on "place-decoding," Chuck Wolfe argues for considered attention to enhancing people's abilities to discern the city around them.
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
September 5, 2014, 9am PDT
Chuck Wolfe champions the role of France's attachment to place as a laboratory for decoding the essential elements of urbanism.
The Huffington Post
August 23, 2014, 11am PDT
The Denver Community Planning and Development department unrolled a new social media campaign this week utilizing #favoriteplacedenver to celebrate the city's unique characteristics.
The Denver Post
Blog post
August 12, 2014, 8am PDT
Denver's investments in placemaking—guided by the city's great appeal to Millennials—are a mixed bag of hits, misses, and open questions.
Dean Saitta
August 6, 2014, 2pm PDT
Restaurants, retail, offices, and adobe homes pop-up in and around the long-suffering downtown damaged by urban renewal.
Better Cities & Towns
August 5, 2014, 5am PDT
The new American Dream will transform cities and towns in the 21st Century. To understand it, we have to grasp a few features of the previous American Dream.
Better Cities & Towns
July 27, 2014, 5am PDT
In its annual competitive funding effort, the Citizens' Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) has selected four small towns and rural communities to host a two-and-a-half day rural design technical workshop.
Citizens' Institute on Rural Design
Blog post
June 17, 2014, 12pm PDT
As cities work hard to evolve their perspective on the role of streets as public places in smarter city-making, remember this: Good cities know that streets move people, not just cars. Great cities know that streets are places to linger and enjoy.
Brent Toderian
April 21, 2014, 1pm PDT
A research team at MIT Urban Studies and Planning, led by Susan Silberberg, released a paper examining “the interactions between placemaking, community participation, and the expanding ways communities are collaborating to make great public places.”
Project For Public Spaces
April 7, 2014, 9am PDT
San Francisco recently launched the Living Innovation Zones program to generate space-activating public art installations around the city. The city hopes the program will create “catalysts for exploration, innovation and play.”
The Architect's Newspaper
February 8, 2014, 5am PST
Last Wednesday, an estimated 700,000—more than the city's population of 635,000—welcomed the Seahawks home, without major incident. Writing in The Atlantic Cities, Chuck Wolfe describes five lessons for placemaking through words and photographs.
The Atlantic Cities