Public Spaces

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
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.
New York Times
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.
Shareable
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.
Miller-McCune
February 28, 2010, 7am PST
The City of Seattle is looking to revive some of its often forgotten and neglected urban spaces: alleys.
The Seattle Times
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.
Inspiration Wall
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.
The Guardian U.K.
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.
Fast Company
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.
The New York Times
Feature
October 29, 2009, 10am PDT

Famed landscape architect Lawrence Halprin died this week at the age of 93.

Tim Halbur
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.
The Los Angeles Times
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.
Urban Omnibus
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.
Metropolis Magazine
July 8, 2009, 8am PDT
<em>The Infrastructurist</em> offers four case studies of cities that have removed highways. The result: less congestion.
The Infrastructurist
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.
Gotham Gazette
March 17, 2009, 10am PDT
Jay Walljasper argues that the need for accessible, vibrant public space grows along with the bad times.
WorldChanging
January 27, 2009, 8am PST
When Sony was preparing to build a virtual meeting space for Playstation 3 users, they took the unusual step of hiring a real-world architect, Kenji Ikemoto.
Business Week