Public Plazas

April 21, 2017, 2pm PDT
Chicago Cubs fans looking to bask in the glory of the team's first World Series victory since 1908 will find a new public plaza and lawn next to the stadium. The plaza will be open to the public on non-baseball days too.
Chi.Streetsblog
October 27, 2015, 1pm PDT
Are there too many urban parks and plazas? If not, why do some fail? In this collaborative article, several urban planning gurus from different cities respond to these questions. They provide both shared and unique perspectives.
UrbDeZine
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
May 10, 2011, 8am PDT
The Metropol Parasol sweeps majestically up out of the Plaza de la Encarnacion in Seville, Spain. The world's largest wooden structure, it was completed only last month.
Yatzer
March 29, 2011, 8am PDT
Transit planning consultant Jarrett Walker pools his readers' brains together to rough out what circumstances would need to be in place to create a truly transit-activated public space.
Human Transit
February 14, 2011, 6am PST
Three public plazas in the center of Philadelphia are set to see much-needed makeovers, and soon.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
January 31, 2011, 11am PST
San Jacinto Plaza is the historic heart of El Paso, Texas. City officials are planning a major redevelopment of the plaza, perhaps even expanding its traditional borders and using New York's Bryant Park rebirth as a model.
The El Paso Times
September 7, 2010, 10am PDT
A new book by Robert Gatje gives public squares and piazzas the coffee-table treatment, meticulously detailing what makes these historic spaces work.
The Architect's Newspaper
June 2, 2010, 10am PDT
A group of planners and designers recently headed out to audit Petrossian Square in Manhattan, carefully observing how people use the space.
Planning Commissioners Journal
April 25, 2010, 7am PDT
The City of Paris is looking to update the historic Place de la Republique, and is running a closed competition to find the right design. Barcelona-based Mateo Arquitectura gives us a glimpse at their ideas for the space.
ArchiCentral
September 24, 2009, 8am PDT
Fred Kent of the Project for Public Spaces was recently entangled in a dispute with architect Frank Gehry over the impact of iconic architecture in cities. Though Gehry's work has its moments, Kent says city emphasis on icons is a mistake.
The Project for Public Spaces
July 10, 2009, 9am PDT
The new public plazas in New York City have gained much popularity among locals -- and earned much money for the city. Officials have been renting out the spaces to advertisers, blurring the lines between public and private.
The New York Times
May 4, 2009, 5am PDT
Nine new sites have been selected by New York City's Department of Transportation for conversion into public plazas.
Streetsblog