parks

7 Uses for Failing Shopping Malls

Ideas (some good, some not) for what to do with these hulking, empty retail spaces.

popos.sfplanning.org

How to Make Privately Owned Public Spaces Truly Open to the Public

The city of San Francisco has now mapped all of its downtown POPOS, and it's ensuring for the first time that residents really have access to them.

KCA Architects

An Artist Transforms Old Milk Cartons Into Fluffy Clouds

A new exhibit on New York's Governors Island turns trash into funky plastic sculptures.

Fabian Brunsing

Inhospitable Park Bench of the Day: The Pay and Sit

Don't get too comfy.

NY4P

Measuring a Neighborhood's Green Spaces So They Can Grow

One New York City neighborhood had basically given up on open space. But thanks to some new data, they were able to advocate for it, and get it.

Kaid Benfield

Tips for Creating Public Spaces People Actually Want to Use

A city's residents understand how to make exciting streets, squares and parks. Here's how to engage them in the process.

Cloughjordan Ecovillage

What Are the 7 Keys to a Strong Community?

Parks, community schools, and other essential elements.

Natalie Schachar

Doody Calls: Will Buenos Aires Ever Learn to Pick Up Its Poo?

Dog poop covers the streets, sidewalks, and parks of Argentina's capital. The city government says it's working on a plan, but it's not easy to change a culture.

Reuters

The Power of the Movable Chair

A New York design competition aims to add more flexibility to The Battery.

YouTube/PaperPlanefr

Chestnuts Singing in a Public Park

A public art installation turns falling nuts into light and sound. For tree preservation, of course.

Flickr/larryrrr

Flushing Meadows and the Battle for the Real New York

Mayor Bloomberg may have finally gone too far with a proposal for a 25,000-seat soccer stadium and shopping mall.

Flickr/The Shopping Sherpa

The Tricky Politics of Vacant Lots

A Philadelphia local transformed a lot into a park on his own dime. But the city says the conversion was illegal, and is threatening to sue.

US National Park Service/ASLA

This Is What a City Guide Should Look Like

A new website offers tours and information on Washington's urbanism.

Biomorphis

A High Line to Speed Commutes in Edinburgh

The proposed park bridges two sides of an old elevated railway, creating a more direct route across town.

10 Amazing 'Living' Green Roofs

Long popular in Europe, these designs are gaining a foothold in America and beyond.

Ashley Wells

These Nifty Solar Panels Can Transmit Sunlight Underground to the Lowline

A team shows off its invention, which would make underground parks possible.

Reuters

Foreclosure Crisis Opens and Closes a Treasure Trove of Parks

With one of the nation's highest foreclosure rates, Atlanta thought it had found the perfect opportunity to build more parks.

lululemon athletica

Cracking Down on Yoga in the Park

Lawmakers in D.C. want a cut from instructors hosting fitness classes in public parks.

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What Makes a Public Space Good for Democracy?

The best world capitals to raise a democratic ruckus.