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A Memorial to a Sad Future

September 23, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Climate Chronograph / Erik Jensen and Rebecca SunterThe winner of the Memorials for the Future competition, which was sponsored by the National Park Service, Van Alen Institute, and others, offers a depressing vision: a monument to our collective failure to stave off climate change. Climate Chronograph by Erik Jensen, Assoc. ASLA, and...[read more]

A sense of the temporary

September 20, 2016 by Robert Kwolek

There is a troubling, permanent sense of the temporary in London, something you can feel in neighborhoods across the social strata, from Hackney to Kensington. This is unhealthy both for the city and its individuals because it prevents residents from putting down roots, and feeling at "home" in their city. Regular readers know...[read more]

Benches Can Pay Their Way

September 15, 2016 by City Parks Blog

This article has been adapted from the September 2016 issue of Parks & Recreation Magazine, the official publication of the National Recreation and Park Association. Through its pursuit of key issues, trends, and personalities, the magazine advances American parks, recreation, and conservation efforts. You can read the full-length...[read more]

Why My Twitter Stream is Singing About Placemaking

September 13, 2016 by Chuck Wolfe

My Twitter stream is alive with the sound of placemaking.  While those are not the exact Sound of Music lyrics we remember, I am as guilty as anyone for hyping Placemaking Week in Vancouver, British Columbia (which begins September 12), using the increasingly popular twitter hashtag, #placemaking.Three...[read more]

Making Benches Work

September 12, 2016 by City Parks Blog

This article has been adapted from the September 2016 issue of Parks & Recreation Magazine, the official publication of the National Recreation and Park Association. Through its pursuit of key issues, trends, and personalities, the magazine advances American parks, recreation, and conservation efforts. You can read the full-length...[read more]

Observing the City: Exploring Dreams, Not Memes

September 9, 2016 by Chuck Wolfe

The participation of diverse voices in city decision-making processes is critical to successful urban change. By diverse, I mean not just professionals, politicians and pundits, but everyday people who live and work in city spaces. But before we can participate, we need to hone the power of personal observation.Like the Londoners...[read more]

Urban National Parks: The 21st Century Face of the National Park System

September 1, 2016 by City Parks Blog

The following is the first in a series of blog posts highlighting urban units of the National Park System.Urban national parks are often the unsung heroes of America’s national park system. As Americans continue their migration to cities in pursuit of economic opportunity, our national parks are rising to meet their needs. These ever-...[read more]

The Mesmerizing “Liquid Shard” Brings Pershing Square Back to Life

August 18, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

The moribund Pershing Square Park in downtown Los Angeles briefly came back to life over the past few weeks, thanks to artist Patrick Hearn’s monumental and mesmerizing Liquid Shard, which is made of holographic mylar and monofilament and spans some 15,000 square feet. Riding invisible wind currents, the piece undulates along a span 15...[read more]

Architecture of Place: Buildings that Work for People

August 17, 2016 by Project for Public Spaces

Some may be surprised to hear PPS echoing a version of the modernist mantra “form ever follows function,” but it’s important for us to remember what that phrase is really all about. When it was first coined by Louis Sullivan, it was a humanist idea: that the form of a building should serve first and foremost the human uses that occupy it...[read more]

Placemaking on Main Street: Revitalizing Rural Communities

August 15, 2016 by Project for Public Spaces

 In the small Saskatchewan town of Maple Creek (pop. 2,500), residents gather on Jasper Street in the downtown’s Historic District |Photo by Town of Maple CreekMany residents of small towns and rural communities care deeply about the future of their towns and they value their uniqueness and a strong sense of community. At the same...[read more]

Equity and Inclusion: Getting Down to the Heart of Placemaking

August 5, 2016 by Project for Public Spaces

Placemaking, a collaborative process by which we (residents, architects, activists, community leaders and planners alike) shape our public realm together, is fundamentally about inclusion and shared community ownership.[read more]

Go Pokémon GO!: The Social Life of Virtual Urban Spaces

July 28, 2016 by Project for Public Spaces

Perhaps foreshadowing its future, here Pikachu (the most famous of the Pokémon) and a Pokeball, floats through the streets of NYC in 2007 | Image by Rian CastilloSince its launch only a few weeks ago, Pokémon GO has become a global phenomenon, and the public’s response to the mobile game has been both positive and negative. This comes as...[read more]