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Placemaking

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]

Lucas Museum’s Waterfront Location Raises Land Use Questions in Chicago, Illinois

March 26, 2016 by The Global Grid

Potential alternative site for Lucas Museum in Chicago at US South Steel Works.The George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is slated to open in Chicago, Illinois in 2018. Ma Yonsong of MAD Architects produced a sleek and sloping all-white design to house George Lucas’s personal collection of art, valued at over $600...[read more]

Meet the New Green Face of Affordable Housing

March 23, 2016 by Kaid Benfield
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 When you think of "affordable housing," what's the image that comes to mind? For lots of people, including many of those most in need of it, the picture is not a pretty one: it's a scene of dreary, deteriorating high-rises or shabby, poorly constructed "garden" apartments with no garden in sight. Moreover, the projects come with...[read more]

The Likeways Approach Towards Urban Navigation

February 13, 2016 by Martin Traunmueller

Sick of walking along boring routes through the city suggested by Google Maps? The Likeways mobile application offers a novel approach towards wayfinding to its users.[read more]

Light, Quick, and Cheap: 5 Placemaking Projects That Inspire Us

February 12, 2016 by Project for Public Spaces
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Great public spaces do not have to be design-heavy, multi-million dollar projects situated in city centers. In fact, sometimes the most exciting spaces are low-key, low-cost, and in the most unexpected locations.[read more]

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
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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]