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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]

Using Public Space to Bridge Divides

January 13, 2016 by Cape Town Partnership

In her January 2016 Cape Times column, Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana discusses how meeting each other in the country’s public spaces can help to bridge deep-seated divisions in South Africa’s society.[read more]

Could Your City Benefit from DIY Urban Planning? Yes, the Experience from Pro Helsinki 2.0 Suggests

January 12, 2016 by Timo Hamalainen

It’s been a bit more than a year since I and my urbanist comrades accomplished one of the most exciting things ever – well, at least as far as urban planning goes. Following about 10 months of work during evenings, weekends, and holidays, in October 2014 we finally published Pro Helsinki 2.0, the alternative master plan for Helsinki.[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]

Most Popular Posts of 2015

January 7, 2016 by Jillian Glover
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At the end of every year, I take note of what were the most popular posts of 2015 on this This City Life. Here are the top 5 posts.[read more]

How Copass is Connecting the Global Coworking Community

December 29, 2015 by Shareable .
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Coworking provides a nearly perfect solution which explains its rapid growth, but what happens when you’re on the road? How do you find a space and get the best deal? Several projects enable coworking space members to visit other spaces when they’re on the road. One of the standouts is Copass.[read more]

‘Steelhenge’ Takes Shipping Containers To Another Level

December 25, 2015 by Glenn Meyers

Swiss architecture firm Bureau A recreated the iconic Stonehenge with shipping containersfor the first edition of the biennale for independent art spaces in Geneva, BIG. Using 50 containers, the firm was commissioned to create an open air venue that would function as a space for attendees to congregate.[read more]

Responsible Sharing Economy Accelerator Begins in Barcelona

December 24, 2015 by Shareable .

Barcelona has a long history of supporting local and regional entrepreneurs as they get their start in the city. 22@ was one of the world’s first -- and arguably still one of the best -- examples of urban innovation districts dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship.[read more]

Cycling to the Boro-ichi Market in Setagaya, Tokyo

December 18, 2015 by Byron Kidd

Setagaya Boro-ichi has been officially recognised as one of Tokyo's intangible cultural assets dating back over 430 years. Beginning in he 1570s as a "free market" where taxes were removed to boost the ailing economy Boro-ichi flourished as a place to buy and sell old fabric scraps. Later Boro-ichi became a year-end market adding farming equipment and New Years goods to the list if items on sale and was held on December 15th each year.[read more]

Cities of Light Versus Dark Skies: Light Festivals and More

December 16, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

Baltimore's celebration of light has been dubbed "Light City Baltimore" and has been placed way into the lighter season of spring and will take place from March 28 to April 3.[read more]