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Public Space

    • Concept rendering of LOVE Park, April 2015 | Hargreaves Associates

Designers show Saucer some LOVE

Exhale, Saucer Heads: Saucer Watch 2015 is over. When JFK Plaza / LOVE Park reopens in 2017 it will feature a refreshed version of the iconic Fairmount Park Welcome Center, the…

    • The line between Dilworth Park and City Hall's north apron.

City Hall surroundings need a guiding design vision

“Once you get renewal started it spreads out like a fan and benefits much greater sections of the city…” Those words, from Mayor Richardson Dilworth in 1959, are etched into the…

    • JanesWalk 2015

May 1-3: Join us for Jane's Walk

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” - Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961)…

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ABOUT PUBLIC SPACE

Public space includes everything from the sidewalk in front of your house, the road on which you drive to work, and the playground in which your child plays on the weekend.  Each of these spaces was designed to achieve specific functions, and some succeed while others fail.  Just like any other part of a city, many different factors explain the success of certain public spaces, and a lot of it is context-specific.  For example, why does Rittenhouse Square always appear to be more lively than Washington Square, even though they are of a very similar size and layout?  Why is Reading Terminal always busting at the seams with people when the Kimmel Center plaza remains empty at times when a show is not playing?  Why are streetscape improvements such as widened sidewalks and street trees the key to unlocking the potential of some commercial corridors and not others?  These questions and more are part of public space planning.

UPCOMING EVENTS IN PUBLIC SPACE

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