Public Spaces

July 3, 2013, 5am PDT
Just a few decades ago, clients were discouraging designers from providing comfortable resting spots in NYC's parks. For a crop of new public spaces, designers are dreaming up fanciful park furniture that beckons people to stop and stay a while.
The New York Times
April 30, 2013, 11am PDT
As the virtual and physical worlds become more intertwined, the role of the traditional architect and the information architect become more closely aligned. Emily Badger explores the ways that each discipline can help the other design public spaces.
The Atlantic Cities
December 25, 2012, 5am PST
Kaid Benfield delivers a photo essay full of holiday cheer that shows the suburbs aren't the only places that know how to accessorize for the season.
NRDC Switchboard
October 24, 2012, 1pm PDT
Sue Illman thinks so. And in this editorial for The Guardian, she argues that the success of the High Line signifies a new era in which the quality of our parks and public spaces, rather than our skylines, makes our towns and cities stand out.
The Guardian
September 20, 2012, 12pm PDT
Mackenzie Keast surveys the ten fundamental principles for placemaking identified by New York-based Project for Public Spaces (PPS) in their newly released handbook <em>Placemaking and the Future of Cities</em>.
Urban Times
September 12, 2012, 2pm PDT
Jay Walljasper chronicles the decline of lively public spaces in the era of "rampant traffic, proliferating privatization, heightened security...and the internet," and human kind's existential need for protecting and expanding the public realm.
On The Commons
July 16, 2012, 9am PDT
<em>The Economist</em> looks at the improvements made to London's public spaces over the last decade, as the city's first elected mayors strove to improve the capital city's environs. So why has the city failed to keep up with its global competitors?
The Economist
July 7, 2012, 11am PDT
The Dirt looks at some new European public plazas that use interlocking paving materials with success.
ASLA's The Dirt blog
May 20, 2012, 11am PDT
The smart phones that keep us constantly connected to cyberspace may have detrimental effects on our public spaces, writes Emily Badger.
The Atlantic Cities
April 20, 2012, 7am PDT
Kaid Benfield laments the capital's "blah"-inspiring National Mall, and discusses three design competitions underway that could give it a second life.
Switchboard
March 27, 2012, 10am PDT
Eran Ben-Joseph pens an opinion piece in <em>The New York Times</em> calling for the transformation of the parking lot to capture its true value as a public space.
The New York Times
March 8, 2012, 11am PST
Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg interviews Gwenaëlle Gobé, director of a new film called <em>This Space Available</em>, which seeks to document the rise of "visual pollution" and those who are fighting to stop it.
The Atlantic
December 15, 2011, 10am PST
With federal funding throw at homeland security over the last decade, architects and urban designers found an opportunity to develop great public spaces that are enjoyable as well as secure, writes Carol Strickland.
The Christian Science Monitor
December 3, 2011, 9am PST
Architect and planner Alexander Garvin takes a walk through New York City's public spaces, and says the city has been paying too much attention to new buildings and not enough on the public realm.
The New York Times
November 29, 2011, 5am PST
Alyse Nelson says that when it comes to placemaking, sometimes all you need is some brightly-colored paint.
SightlineDaily
November 8, 2011, 2pm PST
Planetizen regular Chris Whitis features some stunning shots of several of the winners of our recent Top 100 Public Spaces crowdsourcing survey.
Sitephocus
Feature
October 27, 2011, 10am PDT
The results of our crowdsourcing project, in collaboration with the Project for Public Spaces, reveal not an objective Top 100 but instead a handful of communities passionate about their own local public spaces.
Tim Halbur, George Haugh, Ethan Kent, Sarah Goodyear
October 24, 2011, 7am PDT
Michelle Bruch talks with placemaking expert Fred Kent about the makeover he helped orchestrate of Detroit's Campus Martius Park.
YongeStreet
October 15, 2011, 1pm PDT
Carl F. Meyer of Perkins+Will presents three things he strives for to make vibrant public spaces, and all three involve mixing it up.
Fast Company
October 7, 2011, 10am PDT
Terry Kerby speaks to professionals about the trend toward redeveloped and landscaped city center living and the re-evaluation of the merits of slums and suburbia that has sparked a resurgence of interest in high rise living and public space.
The Guardian