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Chamber Musicians are Placemakers, too!

October 20, 2016 by Project for Public Spaces

New Orleans street scene, 2012 | Image via Louisiana Division of the ArtsWhat do you get when you cross chamber music and placemaking? This is not a joke! The Sound Places program, the first of its kind, combines music, placemaking, and civic engagement by integrating musicians-in-residence into community life in Louisiana. Chamber Music...[read more]

Chicago Residents Utilizing Gentrification Index to Identify At-Risk Neighborhoods

October 19, 2016 by The Global Grid

Transit-Oriented Development being built in the Logan Square neighborhood.Long-time residents of Chicago’s Pilsen, Logan Square, and Bridgeport communities have complained anecdotally that their neighborhoods are gentrifying. John J. Betancur and Youngjun Kim, researchers with the Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community...[read more]

Making Streets More Friendly in St. Paul, MN

October 5, 2016 by Project for Public Spaces

Victorian Bridge Haitian dance performance by Afoutayi Music & Dance Company Photo by Jon PavlicaLaughter, lively music, and delicious food from around the world fill St. Anthony Avenue in St. Paul, Minnesota as a crowd whoops it up at the Better Bridges Bash.Even chilly temperatures and gusty winds can’t dampen folks’ enthusiasm—nor...[read more]

On Urban Diaries: a 'Seeing the Better City' Prequel

October 5, 2016 by Chuck Wolfe

Andy Boenau (@boenau) is a Richmond, Virginia planner who manages a go-to podcast about human-scale urban solutions.  His "on-air" questions are always designed to invoke practical hints and examples for listeners, and I track his topics and guests on a regular basis.  This week, I was both flattered and pleased to be featured...[read more]

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]

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]

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]

Looking for Utopia

August 25, 2016 by Laura Tozer

Picture: Hans TakThis blog was originally posted on What's Next, a web magazine accompanying the International Architecture Biennial Rotterdam 2016.CAN WE GET BETTER AT FLEXING UTOPIAN THINKING AS WE TRY TO TELL STORIES ABOUT LOW CARBON FUTURES?We were looking for utopia. Our time in the IABR exhibit was almost up, but I had found my way...[read more]

How the National Park Service Should Evolve

August 23, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

San Gabriel Mountains National Monument / Conservation AllianceAs the National Park Service (NPS) celebrates its centennial, it’s time to look ahead and think about how America’s national parks should evolve over the next 100 years. A new report from the Center for American Progress (CAP) argues that the NPS will need to become far...[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]

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]

The Secrets of a Comeback Neighborhood

February 22, 2016 by Klaus Philipsen

Each Mayor and city council would like to have access to a secret recipe that would wake up lackluster communities and neighborhoods from slumber and decline and turn them around so they become pleasant places that generate taxes and have happy residents.[read more]