Public Spaces

October 4, 2011, 1pm PDT
Every year the APA reveals a list of great public spaces in America. Bicentennial Capitol Mall Park in Tennessee is just one of they have chosen. Other places include Milwaukee RiverWalk in Wisconsin and Monument Circle in Indiana.
American Planning Association
September 19, 2011, 6am PDT
Aaron Hanauer and Colleen Ayers explain that the "rural cemeteries", a form that began in the early 19th century, used to be a popular place for family outings. With land in cities at a premium, could they be so again?
On The Commons
September 15, 2011, 2pm PDT
Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the NEA, has long make the link between the arts and economic development. He is one of the big hitters behind ArtPlace, a public-private collaboration to foster creative placemaking.
ArtPlace
Feature
September 15, 2011, 10am PDT

Planetizen and Project for Public Spaces want you to help us determine the best public spaces in the United States and Canada.

Tim Halbur
August 24, 2011, 9am PDT
A new public space is coming to 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, and the city plans to crowdsource its name.
University City District
August 10, 2011, 6am PDT
Houston is leading the way in creating new public spaces. This article from The Project for Public Spaces looks at a few of the city's efforts.
Project For Public Spaces
August 9, 2011, 12pm PDT
Public art plays a role in cities across the world. But what role exactly, and for what purpose? <em>Glass House Conversations</em> explores these questions in this series.
Glass House Conversations
August 4, 2011, 2pm PDT
The Project for Public Spaces says that despite its reputation as a sprawling, planning-free city, Houston is turning the lack of city planning to its advantage by inspiring a bottom-up approach.
Project for Public Spaces blog
July 7, 2011, 8am PDT
The projects across the country having the biggest impact on the feel and function of cities are more often than not the work of landscape architects, according to the American Society of Landscape Architects.
THE DIRT
June 28, 2011, 10am PDT
New York's new big plans are actually quite small, according to this architectural review from <em>The Guardian</em>.
Guardian
June 22, 2011, 10am PDT
The La Independencia neighborhood in Medellin, Colombia sprawls up a hillside, leaving the inhabitants to walk up to 10 flights of stairs every day. An ambitious development program is considering building an outdoor network of escalators.
TheCityFix.com
June 13, 2011, 6am PDT
Anthony Townsend comments on a recent study that is wary of wireless access in public spaces. He says the study has an outdated understanding of how people use spaces today.
Urban Omnibus
June 7, 2011, 2pm PDT
Sadik-Khan writes a guest blog for Streetsblog on lessons Los Angeles could learn from New York's embrace of public spaces and streets.
Streetsblog
May 24, 2011, 7am PDT
Sally Augustin stumbled upon a curved park bench at the heart of a public space, and found herself drawn into the brilliance of its curves.
Metropolis Magazine
April 21, 2011, 8am PDT
UN-HABITAT (United Nations Human Settlement Programme) recently adopted its first ever resolution on public space, encouraging equity and the development of quality public spaces.
Project for Public Spaces blog
April 12, 2011, 9am PDT
With funding in question, the future of public libraries is uncertain. This slideshow explores how libraries function as a commons and public space in American cities.
Places
April 5, 2011, 7am PDT
New outdoor, publicly accessible ping pong tables are taking hold in New York City, adding an extra element of health and activity to some of the city's public parks.
The New York Times
April 2, 2011, 11am PDT
The "commons" are increasingly falling into the hands of private owners, prompting Jay Walljasper to what it means to have commonly shared spaces in the modern world.
Terrain
March 1, 2011, 2pm PST
Will digital communications make cities obsolete, or can online connections actually complement the face-to-face interactions and the cities that support them?
New York Times
February 27, 2011, 11am PST
As popularity of "temporary urbanism" initiatives rises, there are increasingly efforts to regulate these sites. Jonna McKone of TheCityFix analyzes the trend.
TheCityFix