Category Archives: Project for Public Spaces

Placemaking and the Battle For Human Scale Cities

The way we build matters. Sterile megastructures stress people out, and the domineering ‘architecture of doom’ favored by Hitler is still casting dark shadows across the globe. Contrast that to a streetscape that invites people to linger, sit and interact—a street with a human scale environment. In this piece, Stephen Burke of the nonprofit Project […]

Build It So They Will Come: 11 Principles For Creating Great Public Spaces

How do you create an effective public space? It’s not as easy as you might think. As the urbanist (and PPS mentor) William “Holly” Whyte said, “It’s hard to design a space that will not attract people. What is remarkable is how often this has been accomplished.” At the Project for Public Spaces, we have […]

Arts-Based Placemaking is Revitalizing Communities. Could it Help Yours?

Arts-based Placemaking is an integrative approach to urban planning and community building that stimulates local economies and leads to increased innovation, cultural diversity, and civic engagement. The benefits of using arts and culture to tap into a place’s unique character extend well beyond the art world. Across sectors and at all levels, leaders and policymakers […]