Antoine Espinasseau

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100 Public Spaces: From Tiny Squares to Urban Parks

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The key to successfully designing or recovering public spaces is to achieve a series of ingredients that enhance their use as meeting places. Regardless of their scale, some important tips are designing for people's needs, the human scale, a mix of uses, multifunctionality and flexibility, comfort and safety, and integration to the urban fabric.

To give you some ideas on how to design urban furniture, bus stops, lookouts, bridges, playgrounds, squares, sports spaces, small parks and urban parks, check out these 100 notable public spaces.

Jardin D’hiver / FMAU + Simon de Dreuille

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Lavaur, France

Shaping the Future: What to Consider When Designing for Children

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Le Corbusier stated in his seminal text, Towards a New Architecture, that “...man looks at the creation of architecture with his eyes, which are 5 feet 6 inches from the ground.” Logical and rational codes such as this form the standard for much of architectural production - but of course, these "norms" are as constructed as architecture itself. This particular standard is especially irrelevant when designing for children, for whom the adult-centric assumptions of architecture do not and should not apply.

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Physical Education Ground of Saint-Paul Gardens / NP2F

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  • Architects: NP2F
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2900
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AG+, Cochery IDF

Evolution Ground Alfortville / NP2F

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  • Architects: NP2F
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2050
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2011

Monde & Medias / TVK - Trévelo & Viger-Kohler + NP2F

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  • Architects: TVK - Trévelo & Viger-Kohler, NP2F
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  162
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2013