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Placemaking

Using Urban Diaries in Times of City Change

February 22, 2017 by Chuck Wolfe

Almost 50 years ago, thanks to Kevin Lynch, Jane Jacobs and many others, the Parisian flâneur tradition of “looking around” cities became a central aspect of academic inquiry about, and activist response to, urban change.In the changing city of today, during these divisive political times, I am often asked how this...[read more]

Two New Tools for Planning a Healthy Urban Canopy

February 21, 2017 by Leda Marritz

Trees are a vital part of urban communities, providing social, environmental, and economic benefits. However, the urban environment is a difficult one for most trees due to the added stresses of soil compaction and lack of available soil, among many other challenges. Once established, their success is often further complicated by...[read more]

Good Design Is Sustainable

February 15, 2017 by The Dirt ASLA

Good landscape design is intrinsically sustainable. While a certain level of ecological sustainability may be achieved by adhering to a checklist of environmental best practices, long-term sustainability is achieved by engaging broader cultural, economic, and socio-economic goals. It’s now widely recognized that city dwellers tend to live a less wasteful and more energy-efficient lifestyle than those who live in the suburbs or rural areas.[read more]

Climate Action on the City Level: How Do Boston and L.A. Compare?

February 8, 2017 by The Global Grid

The new White House has left only three mentions of “climate” on its website, including two that have nothing to do with climate change and one that calls President Obama’s Climate Action Plan an “unnecessary” policy (more on the website turnover). What is not unnecessary is preparing ourselves for severe storms, cleaning up pollution,...[read more]

Urban Lessons from Hong Kong and Tokyo

February 7, 2017 by Timo Hamalainen

One of the best things is strolling across cities around the world. They’re all different, yet remarkably similar. It’s the perfect opportunity for reflecting how your own city or cities compare. Two places I’ve recently had the pleasure of exploring are Hong Kong and Tokyo.These Far East mega-cities may seem an odd couple at first, but...[read more]

Placemaking for Peacemaking

February 3, 2017 by Project for Public Spaces

Even though, by definition, public spaces are open and accessible to everyone, for refugees and immigrants they often become sites of danger and exclusion.[read more]

A Little Slice of Heaven

February 2, 2017 by William Carson

For Owen Carson, working as an ecologist in the world of conservation it’s not uncommon to find rare species of plants and animals on properties that he inventories – in fact, most of these tracts contain an array of listed species, uncommon natural communities, and outstanding water resources.  But there is one piece of...[read more]

River District Appeals to Families with Fun, Nature and Walkability

January 30, 2017 by Jillian Glover

I am writing a short series, “Cities for Families” to showcase how local governments, non-profits and the private sector are working to create a family friendly city. This third edition spotlights the private sector, examining how Wesgroup Properties is achieving this goal with its latest project, River District.[read more]

8 Reasons Place Should Matter to Humanitarians

January 26, 2017 by Project for Public Spaces

The majority of the world’s displaced (over 60% of refugees and 80% of internally displaced persons) now live in urban areas, while the humanitarian system has largely been designed to serve people in camp or rural settings.[read more]

Infrastructure as Permaculture

January 20, 2017 by Tyler Caine

The majority of the developed, American landscape has been crafted around automotive transport. As auto technology matured, increasing amounts of resources and area have been devoted to expanding and solidifying our road network. The result has often been environments that are built for a monoculture of cars and their passengers rather...[read more]

Sound Places: Chamber Musicians Take to the Streets

January 19, 2017 by Project for Public Spaces

Back in October, PPS provided you with a preview of how chamber music and placemaking are coming together in the unprecedented Sound Places program. Since then, program partners Chamber Music America (CMA), the Louisiana Division of the Arts (LDOA), and Project for Public Spaces (PPS), with grant support from the National...[read more]

An Introduction to Placemaking

January 18, 2017 by Leda Marritz

Public space is more than just a pleasant amenity in our towns and cities, it is an important connection between our homes, businesses, institutions, and the rest of the world. It’s where we bump into each other and wave hello. It’s also where nearly half of violent crimes happen (Bureau of Justice Statistics), where people run into law...[read more]