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The Key Points of Manuel Valls' Plan Against France's 'Social Apartheid'

March 30, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

'Social Apartheid' in France

Two months ago, Prime Minister of France, Manuel Valls, denounced the existence of what he controversially called “territorial, social, and ethnic apartheid” in France. Friday, he unveiled shocking measures to change struggling neighborhoods, particularly with regards to social mix.[read more]

City Park Conservancies: A Treasure Trove of New Knowledge

March 29, 2015 by City Parks Blog

City Park Conservancies

The report 'Public Spaces/Private Money' cites the value that private partnerships and their resources have brought to parks but also cites the growing concerns around equity and the possibility of displacement of public agency resources and responsibility.[read more]

Acclaimed Minnesota State Capitol Undergoing $272M Restoration

March 29, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

State Capitol Restoration

 

State Capitol Buildings are incredibly important pieces of architecture in the United States of America. The history of each building’s origin and development over their lifetime can be quite fascinating. Here is the story of Minnesota’s State Capitol Building.[read more]

Historical Baumanskaya, Moscow Metro Station Closes for Renovations

March 28, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Moscow Subway Renovation

On February 8, 2015 the Baumanskaya Metro Station, in Moscow, closed for 11 months of renovations. The renovations will include changing its escalators, which were installed with its opening in 1944. They are currently the oldest working tunnel type escalators in the world, as well as the oldest in Moscow.[read more]

Wet Matter: New Ways of Understanding Our Oceans

March 26, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Oceans and Understanding

Wet Matter, Harvard Design Magazine’s latest issue, asks us to reconsider our oceans, which cover the vast majority of our planet. Edited by Pierre Bélanger, ASLA, the issue brings together a range of fields and an array of lenses to “unlearn our binary, dichotomous relationship with the ocean.”[read more]

Le Phare Skyscraper "Not Suitable" for Quebec City, Canada's Northern Climate

March 26, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Canada and Skyscrapers

In its proposed form, Quebec City's Le Phare project is “not at all well-suited to the northern climate” due to its “very limited” solar exposure and its height, which will provoke violent winds and make the square below “very uncomfortable year-round", according to André Potvin, professor at the Laval University’s School of Architecture.[read more]

Vancouver's Top Six Public Art Pieces

March 25, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Vancouver Public Art

Just like Vancouver’s ever-present mountains and ocean, it is easy to take something for granted once it is always there, but these public art installations always catch my attention and stir my emotions in some way. So here is some of Vancouver’s best public art.[read more]

Detroiters Agree: The Future of Downtown is Bright

March 25, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Detroit and the Future of Downtown

Beginning in 1999 with the revamping of the historic Eastern Market, through our work in Campus Martius Park, Cadillac Square, and the Detroit Riverfront, PPS has been honored to work with Detroit leaders and community members in the place-led regeneration of this spirited city.[read more]

Art Reclaims the Streets in Cape Town

March 25, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Cape Town and Public Art

Last Friday, walking in my beloved city, Cape Town was in her prime: blue skies above, and people all along St George’s Mall, ambling, sitting and chatting. There seemed to be more buskers than usual and just an energetic mood in the air, like maybe it was a holiday, despite it being the end of a long week.[read more]

Cities Without People

March 25, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

City Spaces and Populations

Some people believe that cities are all about bricks and mortar. While other people believe that they are first and foremost about people. These photographs show cities without people and are truly disturbing.[read more]

How Public Art Can Reveal Urban Experiences

March 22, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Cape Town Urban Life and Art

One of the first projects to engage with the Cape Town Partnership’s City Walk placemaking project around the Company’s Gardens, St. George’s Mall and the Fan Walk, City of Lives is a project that recognizes our city’s streets as being full of interesting people.[read more]

Meet Me at the Plaza: New Seats, New Scene at Harvard University

March 22, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Colleges and Public Spaces

 

It all started with the chairs. By simply placing some movable furniture in Harvard Yard in 2009, the University took the first steps in what would eventually become a long-term activation of its outdoor campus space. With just this small, temporary act of Placemaking, the change was dramatic and immediate.[read more]