public space

Pop-Up of the Day: A Portable Public Square

How one London neighborhood is dealing with its troubling public space problem, using a bike.

New Delhi's Urban Megapark Will Be 50 Percent Larger Than Central Park

A first glimpse at the new plan.

Urbanism for Introverts: Why Cities Need Quiet Spaces

Why cities need quiet spaces.

Everything Is Illuminated: The Secret Lights of New York City

Leni Schwendinger is leading a community effort to rethink the way neighborhoods look after dark.

Streets Can Be Public Spaces Too

A street shouldn't just be about transportation, but also about civic definition and social and commercial interaction.

The Important Difference Between a Public Space and a 'Common'

On building places that give a community its identity, and knit us together.

Centuries-Old Gardens Are the Latest Battleground in Istanbul

The ongoing debate raises bigger questions about who benefits from the city's changing landscape.

Awesome Impromptu Soccer Field of the Day: One Made of Lasers

Here's one way to activate public space at night.

Turkey's Protests Just Might End Peacefully

Officials suspend plans to raze Gezi Park.

Here's What Google Maps' Customization Might Mean in Practice

The new maps may eventually funnel us each into different experiences of the same neighborhood. Is that a bad thing?

How the Highway Killed Washington's Waterfront

And how the city plans to bring it back to life.

L.A. Wants to Turn Its Concrete 'River' Into a Real River

But bureaucratic snares and funding mishaps have jeopardized the process.

The Dynamic Potential of Urbanism Without Effort

Before applying any prescription, we need to first isolate spontaneous and latent examples of successful urban land use.

16 Rules for 'Smarter' Smart Growth

It’s time to update the so-called 1990's-era "ten principles" that emphasize compact development, transportation choices, and so on.

The Calgary Park That's United Historic Preservationists and Parkour Athletes

The city wants to renovate Century Gardens Park, but two unlikely groups are fighting to save it.

BIG's Newest Park Is Modelled After ... a City

The gigantic French green space is being billed as a "metropolis of retail, culture, and leisure."

Paris's Newest Lawnmowers Are ... A Flock of Black Sheep

It's all part of the city's new "eco-grazing" effort.

Urbanist Bracket Challenge: Final Four

Only one round left...

Despite Austerity, Athens Completely Revamps Its Downtown

Tramlines! Bike paths! Trees! The plans could turn an area of shabby charisma into one of real, walkable charm.