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.'
May 3, 2010, 8am PDT
Boston's Rose Kennedy Greenway is an urban park built over the "Big Dig" highway tunnel, and as Robert Campbell of the Boston Globe puts it, "a design disaster."
Project for Public Spaces blog
April 12, 2010, 2pm PDT
The City has reached a deal to take over 172-acres of undeveloped land from the State, and redevelopment possibilities are flooding in - public park, high school, commercial buildings, NYU satellite campus, and more.
March 4, 2010, 7am PST
This piece from <em>Shareable</em> looks at the urban work of Enrique Penalosa and how it emphasizes the importance of happiness in cities.
March 3, 2010, 6am PST
The public library is being re-imagined as an interactive space with multimedia learning labs, coffee shops and government services.
February 28, 2010, 7am PST
The City of Seattle is looking to revive some of its often forgotten and neglected urban spaces: alleys.
January 13, 2010, 5am PST
Blogger and landscape architect Lisa Town gathers a few D.I.Y. tables and chairs designed for creating instant public seating space for street food, including a hydrant tabletop.
December 31, 2009, 2pm PST
Britain is becoming increasingly privatized as urban regeneration projects put entire neighborhoods in the hands of developers. One project spans 34 of Liverpool's streets, putting public space in private control.
December 23, 2009, 1pm PST
The designers of New York's popular High Line park have a radical new proposal for Cleveland's Public Square that turns the one square into four new ones.
November 5, 2009, 9am PST
Developer Bart Blatstein reimagined an old brewery in the outskirts of Philadelphia into an adapted Italian piazza. Locals worried it would be be too theme park-y, but community leaders are pleased with the results.
October 29, 2009, 10am PDT
Famed landscape architect Lawrence Halprin died this week at the age of 93.
October 1, 2009, 8am PDT
In San Francisco, the mid-Market St. area has struggled for decades with blighted conditions. An area property owner thinks that digital billboards could solve the problem, and has put a proposition on the local ballot to get them built.
The San Francisco Chronicle
September 22, 2009, 5am PDT
New parks are popping up with a quickness in San Francisco, where planners have fast-tracked the conversion of street spaces into pedestrian parks.
The Architect's Newspaper
August 17, 2009, 1pm PDT
In Malibu, CA, private property extends to the high tide waterline, where public land begins. An unofficial group of "urban rangers" is giving tours and dance performances along that line to explore the absurdity.
July 22, 2009, 2pm PDT
The gush of an uncapped fire hydrant in the summer is a welcome relief for urban dwellers, but the water loss is staggering. Landscape architect Adrienne Cortez decided to find a solution to keeping people cool and similarly activating public space.
July 14, 2009, 6am PDT
Julia Galef takes a look at Secure Cities, a new website that maps the effect of security measures on public space since 9/11.
July 8, 2009, 8am PDT
<em>The Infrastructurist</em> offers four case studies of cities that have removed highways. The result: less congestion.
June 27, 2009, 1pm PDT
Anne Schwartz compiles recent studies on the economic value of parks, describing how an investment in parks by the city will result in a healthier urban economy.
March 17, 2009, 10am PDT
Jay Walljasper argues that the need for accessible, vibrant public space grows along with the bad times.