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Placemaking

A Visual Tour of Sustainable Urban Design Principles

February 3, 2016 by CC Huang

Our Prezi provides a visual tour of sustainable urban design, providing our rationale and key examples from China and around the world. While the 12 Green Guidelines were developed for use in China, they represent an emerging international consensus on sustainable urban development and could be used in any country.[read more]

What will make Arab Cities Sustainable?

January 25, 2016 by Ivan Bruce

Connect4Climate and Urban Specialists from the World Bank Group were invited to present during the EcoCity World Summit held in Abu Dhabi in October last year. The conference brought together hundreds of practitioners focused on eco city development and low carbon planning from a variety of backgrounds including researchers, private sector, development organizations and students. At the conference Salim Rouhana, Urban Specialist, World Bank Group, focused his presentation on the key drivers that should be considered in urban upgrading projects[read more]

Can Retail Space be an Extension of the Public Realm? A Look at Seattle’s Third Place Books

January 7, 2016 by Project for Public Spaces

For sociologist Ray Oldenburg, each of us needs three places: the home, the workplace or school, and beyond that, a third place – a public space on neutral ground where people can gather and interact while experiencing a sense of ease and belonging. Is that Third Space Books for Seattle?[read more]

Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Public Spaces Worldwide

If one night out of the year were to demonstrate the value of public spaces for healthy, inclusive cities, New Year’s Eve might be the best example. Many urban areas attract millions of partygoers ever year, eager to ring in the New Year with public events and rich community-level traditions.[read more]

Christmas Markets as Place-Makers

December 28, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

Pop-up installations are all the rage. What is more pop-up than an open air market? It is in the nature of such markets to be not there one day and there another, bringing additional people into public spaces.[read more]

How Cities Around the World Use Public Space to Celebrate the Holidays

December 24, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by WRICities
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For cities, holidays signal a transformation in atmosphere. Street lights change colors, decorations are hung, and festivals turn sleepy downtowns into largescale celebrations for locals. Just as families and individuals adorn their homes with ornaments and trimmings, cities use their public space to welcome the end of the year and local holidays.[read more]

Project for Public Spaces and the National Main Street Center Launch Placemaking Trainings in Five Pilot States

December 15, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Project for Public Spaces (PPS) and the National Main Street Center, Inc. (NMSC) are launching Cultivating Place in Main Street Communities, a series of intensive trainings designed to strengthen and expand Main Street’s capacity for implementing placemaking strategies and public space improvements.[read more]

Little Free Libraries: Creating a Sense of Place One Backyard at a Time

December 11, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Inspired by the global movement that began in Hudson, Wisconsin, in 2009, LLKW grew from a similar do-it-yourself spirit and several Kitchener residents interested in promoting literacy and reading while also building community. Here are few key placemaking principles that helped LLKW create a Little Library movement in this region.[read more]

Sustainable Consumption and Lifestyle Initiatives in Asian Cities

December 7, 2015 by Charles Arthur

Today, seven of the world’s ten most populous cities are located in the Asia-Pacific region: Beijing, Delhi, Dhaka, Kolkata, Mumbai, Shanghai and Tokyo. These mega-cities are generators of wealth and hubs for innovation and cultural activities. On the downside, these cities continue to harbour poverty and environmental disasters.[read more]

Be a Mississippi-River "Model Citizen" – How to Walk from Baton Rouge to St. Louis in About An Hour

December 3, 2015 by J. Kevin Byrne

"Let's see if am understanding this side trip," she finally said. "It involves walking a half mile along a model of the Mississippi aside an old German prisoner-of-war camp in the middle of the South, correct?"[read more]

How Bridges Can Benefit From Placemaking

November 20, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

ridges play multiple roles in the built environment. As functional infrastructure, they facilitate transport for hundreds of thousands of people per day. They can be architectural marvels, cultural icons, and tourist attractions. While they are physical connectors, making movement possible between different geographical areas, they can also serve as social connectors, facilitating commerce and interaction between people.[read more]

In Chicago, New Parks Are Civic Infrastructure

November 19, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA
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All the landscape architects said the creation of interesting public spaces can “get people out of their homes and into their community,” as Bird said. And while landscape architects and designers might not be able to change the world in as broad strokes as they may like, they can at least, as Ford put it, “create a comfortable bench for different people to engage with each other, to have a conversation they might not normally have.”[read more]