Public Spaces

January 19, 2011, 7am PST
This piece from <em>Next American City</em> looks at plans to dramatically rework streetscapes in Boston, and cheers the effort.
Next American City
January 12, 2011, 9am PST
Critic Philip Kennicott attends a lecture by architect Robert Gatje on great public squares and bemoans the fact that Washington, D.C. has a serious lack of them.
The Washington Post
December 27, 2010, 10am PST
A new Independence Mall stands in the historic heart of Philadelphia, a decade after the old mall's demolition. According to <em>The Inquirer's</em> Inga Saffron, the new space has been a major boon for tourists but has alienated many city residents.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
December 26, 2010, 11am PST
Deborah Marton, Executive Director of the Design Trust for Public Space, asks, "Obviously public space should be beautiful and well designed for circulation, but what else should it do?"
Glass House Conversations
December 12, 2010, 11am PST
Los Angeles is ugly. But it doesn't have to be, argues Sam Lubell.
The Architect's Newspaper
December 8, 2010, 12pm PST
More parks in the U.S. should fight funding issues through privatization, writes John Stossel.
Reason
December 8, 2010, 10am PST
Hundreds of public spaces -- from public parks to subway stations -- are open for bids from sponsors for naming rights.
The Wall Street Journal
October 29, 2010, 12pm PDT
Jay Walljasper says that Barcelona, once looked upon as a dirty, second-rate city now is a must-see like Paris or Rome. How did the Spanish turn Barcelona around?
Citiwire.net
October 25, 2010, 12pm PDT
Architecture critic Sarah Williams Goldhagen says that streets can't create public interaction in the way that unstructured spaces like urban parks can.
ASLA's The Dirt blog
October 13, 2010, 2pm PDT
The American Planning Association has released its 2010 selections for great public spaces, streets and neighborhoods, ranging from a sculpture garden in Alabama to New York's transformed Bryant Park.
American Planning Association
October 5, 2010, 10am PDT
Officials in London are relying on the creation of 86 new public spaces throughout the city to cut down on criminal behavior.
London Evening Standard
September 26, 2010, 1pm PDT
Jan Gehl sits down with Greg Linsday to talk about his new book, <em>Cities for People</em>, if Phoenix could take lessons from New York, and "the needs of the urban habitat of homo sapiens."
Fast Company
September 8, 2010, 10am PDT
With the centennial of the Panama-California Exposition that created San Diego's Balboa Square approaching, the city is considering turning back the neighborhood to its former car-free glory.
The Architect's Newspaper
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
September 4, 2010, 11am PDT
The increase in outdoor music festivals, guerrilla gardening, temporary restaurants, cinemas and pop-up shops are all examples of "a growing appetite for transforming our apparently prosaic, profit-led landscape into something else."
The Guardian
June 27, 2010, 7am PDT
A public art project that appeared in Brisbane, Australia proposes a "priority seating area for people who want conversation" in order to encourage friendly chatter on public buses.
I (heart) Public Space
June 26, 2010, 7am PDT
Martin Pedersen of Metropolis Magazine explains how a city ordinance termed the 'plaza bonus,' lead to the creation of more than five hundred "privately financed, privately owned, but public spaces."
Metropolis
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
May 27, 2010, 8am PDT
With one of Philadelphia's best-supported public parks in danger of losing the private funding that keeps it maintained, <em>Philadelphia Inquirer</em> architecture critic Inga Saffron looks at the sad state of the city's parks.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
May 7, 2010, 11am PDT
Blair Kamin applauds a new plaza at the Trump International Hotel + Tower, and calls an aging public space nearby 'an eyesore.'
The Chicago Tribune