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'Pokemon Go' Solved A Major Problem With City Streets

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 07.20.2016 | Technology

The streets, parks and sprawling strip malls of America’s cities and suburbs have become infested with a new urban species: the “Pokemon Go” pla...

Safer cities for all

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 06.28.2016 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

By Adèle Charbonneau Target 11.7 of the SDG on cities aims to "provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, ...

Behold, The 25 Most BeautifulPublic Spaces In Europe

ArchDaily | Priscilla Frank | Posted 05.27.2016 | Arts

The Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) has announced the finalists for the 2016 European Prize for Urban Public Space. An internatio...

The Unlikely Place I Found Body Acceptance

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 04.21.2017 | Women
Sheila Moeschen

The women's restroom in any place--a club, a restaurant, an airport, a mall--is a hub of anthropological activity.

Universities, Public Spaces and the Democratic Way of Life

Harry Boyte | Posted 05.30.2015 | College
Harry Boyte

Public spaces allow for expressions of higher education's best democratic values -- free exchange of ideas, thoughtful discussion, appeal to evidence and respect for different perspectives. Such spaces can engage people's private interests and identities.

New Survey Uncovers the Lure of the City

Jared Green | Posted 11.25.2014 | Green
Jared Green

Who needs peace and quiet when you have the run of the opera, street festivals, and sports games, something different every night? These numbers can certainly help smart urban leaders continue to make city life as compelling as possible.

Public Spaces That Still Deserve Better Food

Posted 07.16.2013 | Taste

Can we just get a decent sandwich? Please?

Local Art In Local Venues: IndieWalls To Transform Art Discovery And Acquisition

Jacob Slevin | Posted 01.12.2013 | Arts
Jacob Slevin

Today's new crop of companies targets every market under the sun, but they often remain exclusively focused on creating an online space, using particu...

Permanent Design Icon, David Rockwell, Speaking On Temporary Design

Jacob Slevin | Posted 10.23.2012 | Arts
Jacob Slevin

David Rockwell, portrait. Photo courtesy of Rockwell Group. I am sitting overlooking Union Square in New York City from the office of the incompa...

Swings! Tampa Bay (VIDEO)

Bus 52 | Posted 08.13.2012 | Good News
Bus 52

Hand-decorated swings are popping up all over St. Petersburg, Florida. Hanging from trees, overpasses, and anything else that would support both the weight of a transformed plank of wood and its passenger, are brightly decorated swings.

From Tunisia to Egypt, Democratic Expression Depends on Public Spaces

Jay Walljasper | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jay Walljasper

The influence of the new digital commons in democratic uprisings has been chronicled at length. But the importance of a much older form of commons has earned scant attention: the public spaces.

Recovering the Commons: Inteview with Scholars on the Climate Justice Frontlines

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Standing at the now infamous 7,500-acre mountaintop removal mine on Kayford Mountain in West Virginia, long-time scholars and activists Herb Reid and ...

Aesthetics and Happiness: How Space Affects Well-Being

Dylan Kendall | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dylan Kendall

If we know that space influences how we feel then why don't we make more effort to create "beauty" in places where feeling inspired is key to community?

Along For The Ride: FourStory goes to Cuba

Andrea R. Vaucher | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Andrea R. Vaucher

If you want to read about the adventures of a group of Orange County writers and activists who decide to tool around Cuba for a week (under the guise of a company retreat!)....do read on.

International Art on Governors Island: Watermill Center teams with Dutch for performance festival

Lauren DiGiulio | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Lauren DiGiulio

Throughout this month, Governors Island plays host to the Dutch government-sponsored New Island Festival, a two-week art extravaganza featuring provocative theater, installation, and music events.