January 22, 2016, 2pm PST
Public food markets can be key centers of urban commerce and social life. Late last year, a brainstorming event in London considered how they might evolve to accommodate modern lifestyles and technologies.
November 17, 2015, 6am PST
In advance of what may be a wider program, Philadelphia's alleys have been ranked for their aesthetic quality. Those in the "average" range are most suitable for retrofits.
The Architect's Newspaper
November 14, 2015, 11am PST
A pointed editorial decries the over-regulation that has followed the renaissance of public spaces in Los Angeles.
October 27, 2015, 1pm PDT
Are there too many urban parks and plazas? If not, why do some fail? In this collaborative article, several urban planning gurus from different cities respond to these questions. They provide both shared and unique perspectives.
October 18, 2015, 1pm PDT
The question is often asked and answered by urban planners and placemakers. The perspective offered here boils the essential qualities down to centrality, connectivity, and cachet, with a strong dose of urban "commoning."
September 2, 2015, 2pm PDT
A recent trend in returning the use of streets and other public space to the use of humans and other modes of transportation other than the car is more striking with some historical perspective.
August 30, 2015, 11am PDT
The piece begins not in New York but three thousand miles west in Seattle with Janette Sadik-Khan explaining how she triumphed over auto interests by taking back precious road space and returning it to the people in the form of plazas and bike lanes.
July 9, 2015, 6am PDT
Pushing back on a version of futurism that imagines cities as a collection of iconic structures devoid of people and interactions.
Project For Public Spaces
June 13, 2015, 11am PDT
An annual competition to recognize public spaces for their economic and social benefit has announced six finalists.
May 9, 2015, 5am PDT
Gehl Studio, the leading name in people-first design and one of the most influential forces in planning today, has philanthropic backing for a non-profit that will focus studies and work on the public sphere.
March 24, 2015, 12pm PDT
New York City broke ground recently on the Plaza de Las Americas—a designed public space that will support market uses and pedestrian activity while replacing an existing roadway in the Washington Heights neighborhood.
The Architect's Newspaper
March 18, 2015, 5am PDT
The elderly population in cities is growing, and research points to the health benefits of an active, connected lifestyle. So why are cities still so inhospitable to aging?
January 12, 2015, 10am PST
In an effort to build healthy, active public realms, many cities should considering some of the laws currently on the books that amount to shouting "get off my lawn."
December 30, 2014, 10am PST
Urbanful examines four cities making the most of scare public spaces by reactivating their alleys with programming and pedestrian-friendly designs.
December 16, 2014, 12pm PST
Parisian clean air politics turn out to be something of a class issue, even for a socialist mayor. The plans are seen as penalizing low income Parisians while benefiting elitist city dwellers who dislike traffic, overshadowing public health benefits.
December 9, 2014, 5am PST
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo made a game-changing announcement in the name of clean air and walkability
November 14, 2014, 2pm PST
Eric Scharnhorst, project manager at Gehl Architects, argues for a wide-scale census instrument detailing city life, not just pedestrian counts and fatalities.
November 12, 2014, 11am PST
Suburban Paris plays host to a disturbing trend: no comfortable public spaces for women, especially for women from immigrant and low-income groups.
October 29, 2014, 5am PDT
A recent protest movement to reuse London’s Parliament Square as a space for political discourse has been met with oppressive policing.
October 28, 2014, 2pm PDT
Faced with the prospect of states seizing control of federal lands to potentially sell to private owners, a resident of New Mexico argues against "the land grab out west."