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Placemaking

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]

Public Space at the Crossroads of Everything

July 11, 2016 by Project for Public Spaces

“The urban community has become lost in strategic planning, master-planning, zoning and landscaping… All these have their own purposes, of course—but they don’t address the principal question, which is the relationship in a city between public space and buildable space.” — Dr. Joan Clos, Executive Director, UN-HabitatPublic space is...[read more]

City planners, waste professionals breathe new life into fallen alleyways

July 7, 2016 by Waste Dive

Credit: Waterfront Partnerhip, Healthy Harbor InitiativeUrban alleys, once bursting with thick fruit trees and teams of kids kicking balls, are being choked out by rotting garbage, rats, and rusted barbed wire fringes.Some cities like Philadelphia, Seattle, Denver, and Baltimore are reclaiming these spaces, transforming...[read more]

The Public Spaces of the Future: Up for Negotiation

June 23, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Demo:Polis / Carolina LeiteThe jury is in. Over the next fifty years, the world’s cities will face unprecedented stresses from a changing climate, growing populations, and issues of security, resource scarcity, and civil unrest. In the design professions, we like to think our work can help resolve these issues. In the U.S., over the past...[read more]

The Place Game: How We Make the Community the Expert

June 17, 2016 by Project for Public Spaces

Frequented Place Game site: New York’s Washington Square Park | Image by Juliet KahnePeople look to PPS as experts on public space. But where do we begin in understanding and identifying which characteristics make a place exemplary? On what are we basing our recommendations for how to make a public space into a better “place”? For us,...[read more]

Park + Community = Innovation

June 14, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Parks Without Borders – Before / NYC Parks and Recreation Parks Without Borders  – After / NYC Parks and RecreationHow can we make parks more accessible in the 21st century? How can we use them to build community? Innovators are rethinking what parks can accomplish for communities. The result is some exciting new projects, which...[read more]

University Landscapes Teach, Too

May 31, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

University of Virginia campus / Perfect Soccer Recruit“Landscapes have long been essential to the transfer of knowledge,” said Daniel Bluestone, a professor of history, art, and architecture at Boston University at Dumbarton Oaks’ symposium on landscape and the academy. In ancient Greece, “Hippocrates taught the art of medicine under a...[read more]

What Pike Place Teaches us about Place Governance

April 8, 2016 by Project for Public Spaces

Pike Place Market in Seattle is a leading example of how intentional governance can help vibrant urban spaces reach their potential as platforms for innovation. John Turnbull sat down for an interview to tell us more about the market and the role of the Preservation and Development Authority (PDA) in its operation.[read more]