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Elevator Music You Actually Want To Listen To

A Philadelphia art installation is rethinking that insipid old Muzak.

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These 324 Mirrors Create Amazing, Endlessly New Views of Sydney

It’s completely sublime.  

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What Buenos Aires Can Teach Us About Walkability

And other lessons in urbanism from the South American capital.

Swim to Work in This Goofy New 'Commuter Pool'

A wild idea for converting an old canal in London.

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What Makes a Public Space Good for Democracy?

The best world capitals to raise a democratic ruckus. 

Zac Ong

Pardon Me, But These Lasers and Blinking Lights Mean You Are Standing Too Close

Let strangers know they're invading your personal space with this annoying little gadget.

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Two Big Public Space Makeovers for Chicago

A 2.65-mile elevated park and a massive makeover for Navy Pier are both in the works.

Gary Leonard

L.A.'s Citywide Block Party

Sunday's 10-mile street closure in Los Angeles is a sign of progress in a city short on public space

Fairmount Park in Riverside, Calif. (Courtesy APA)

Great Neighborhoods, Streets, and Public Spaces for 2011

30 examples of great places in American cities from the American Planning Association

Classic Documentary on Public Space Now Available Online

The pioneering 'Social Life of Small Urban Spaces' explores public plazas and their uses

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Occupy Wall Street Protest Poses a Public-Private Conundrum

Demonstrators converge on privately owned public space, raising questions about legal rights

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Times Square Redesign: Less Beach, More 'Blade Runner'

A noirish take on New York's 'heart' from Norwegian firm Snøhetta