Civic buildings and spaces

Porchfest season swings coast to coast

Porchfest is a free music event where people sign up to play on their front porches, lawns, or stoops on a given afternoon. 

A mixed-use waterfront for the city

A series of public spaces on the water that would allow people to live, work, and play in a water-related neighborhood in Ithaca—an unusual amenity in Upstate New York.

Three kinds of plazas create powerful outdoor rooms

Recent trips to Spain and Germany have me appreciating the nuances of three plazas I had the pleasure of experiencing. Each plaza was a different character and scale.

UDA @ 50 – Democracy in Action

This year marks the 50th anniversary Urban Design Associates (UDA), founded in 1964 by David Lewis, FAIA and Ray Gindroz, FAIA.  UDA has prepared a Pop-up exhibit of the firm’s work to be held at the Carnegie Museum of Art Grand Staircase Mezzanine from October 28 through November 6, 2014.

The attempt to bring 'place' to the Houston suburbs

Houston has some of the most impressive sprawl on the planet. The success of Sugar Land Town Square is inspiring other public spaces, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Celebrating Public Art: Chicago in the summer

A recent trip to Chicago on the first weekend of summer reinforced the importance of great public art.

Placemaking initiative is a departure for Southwest

PPS is working with Southwest Airlines on a multiyear partnership to fund public space visioning, improvements, programming, and management in cities that Southwest serves. 

Tennessee dad arrested for attempting to pick up kids after school on foot

In a tragedy of personality and wrong decisions, a man was arrested for picking up his child on foot at an elementary school.

Amazing collaboration transforms decay into a new heart for small town

The modest rural town of York, Alabama, is now home to one of the most inspiring new public spaces I have seen anywhere. 

Tactical approach leads to grand vision

Providence, Rhode Island, seeks to transform its major plaza — now compromised by buses and other vehicular traffic — into a gateway to the city. Getting to this point required a series of small steps.

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