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Historic Mental Hospital Will Transform Into North Carolina’s “Central Park”

13:00 - 5 July, 2019
Historic Mental Hospital Will Transform Into North Carolina’s “Central Park”, Dorothea Dix Park. Image Courtesy of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
Dorothea Dix Park. Image Courtesy of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

The largest park project in the United States is underway at Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh, North Carolina. The city purchased the Dorothea Dix campus from the State of North Carolina in 2015 with the intent of creating a great destination park in the heart of the community. This year, Raleigh City Council adopted the Dorothea Dix Park Master Plan, and now an implementation plan is underway for Phase 1. Designed to span decades, the creation of the 300 acre park will include the site of North Carolina’s first mental hospital.

Dorothea Dix Park. Image Courtesy of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Dorothea Dix Park. Image Courtesy of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Dorothea Dix Park. Image Courtesy of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Dorothea Dix Park. Image Courtesy of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates + 7

Plaza Life Revisited: Field Guide Release

15:00 - 27 June, 2019
Plaza Life Revisited: Field Guide Release, Machine learning heat map showing the spatial distribution of people in 51 Astor.
Machine learning heat map showing the spatial distribution of people in 51 Astor.

Join us for the release of Field Guide to Life in Urban Plazas.

The guide outlines a research effort focused on New York City, the primary location of urbanist William H. Whyte’s “Street Life Project,” which formed the basis for his seminal book and film The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces (1980). The new guide seeks to understand how different types of public spaces have changed some 40 years later. What’s changed about how people use the public realm, and what makes for successful spaces?

The project looks at 10 plazas in Manhattan constructed or renovated in the last 15 years,

Construction Begins on Focketyn Del Rio's "Porous" Kaserne Cultural Center

07:45 - 27 May, 2019
Construction Begins on Focketyn Del Rio's "Porous" Kaserne Cultural Center, Current State of Existing Structure. Image © Adria Goula
Current State of Existing Structure. Image © Adria Goula

A historic site in the heart of Basel will soon be revived as Kaserne Cultural Center, the city’s new urban hub by Focketyn Del Rio Studio.

The 45 million CHF (44.7 million USD) transformation project is the first publicly-funded large facility in the Kleinbasel district, and will unite and unlock two previously disconnected and enclosed spaces on the Rhine River. The 9,000 sqm project by the Swiss firm is currently under construction and is expected to be complete in 2021.

Courtesy of Focketyn Del Rio Studio Current State of Existing Structure. Image © Adria Goula Current State of Existing Structure. Image © Adria Goula Current State of Existing Structure. Image © Adria Goula + 18

Yangpu Riverfront South Section Phase II / DA Landscape

20:00 - 14 May, 2019
Yangpu Riverfront South Section Phase II / DA Landscape, © Xiaohui Jin
© Xiaohui Jin
  • Landscape architects

  • Location

    Anpu Road,Yangpu District, Shanghai, China
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Xiaoqing Yang
  • Landscape Designers

    Xiangyang Zhang, Junjie Wang, Yanfei Zhang, Jie Sun, Xianzhi Zhang, Wenying Lv, Min Zou
  • Architect

    Tongji Original Design + SUCDRI
  • Area

    6700000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Public Spaces Aren't Really Available for Everyone

07:00 - 3 May, 2019
Public Spaces Aren't Really Available for Everyone, World-recognized Shibuya crosswalk in Tokyo, Japan. Image © Sean Pavone
World-recognized Shibuya crosswalk in Tokyo, Japan. Image © Sean Pavone

When we talk about public space, we often imagine a park with happy, relaxed people on a sunny day. In actuality, this is a very restricted approach. A young woman does not cross a deserted street at dawn in the same way as a white man wearing a suit or as an immigrant who may not be welcomed by local citizens. Have you ever felt discriminated while visiting a public space?

In this edition of Editors’ Talk, editors from Los Angeles, São Paulo, Argentina, and Uruguay share their views on defining public spaces for everyone

10 Examples of Public Spaces from the Beaches to the Cities of Mexico

06:30 - 27 April, 2019

Parque Los Héroes / Francisco Pardo Arquitecto. Image © Jaime Navarro Cancha "La Doce" / All Arquitectura. Image © Zaickz Moz Monumento Emblematico al 150 Aniversario de la Batalla de Puebla / TEN Arquitectos. Image © Luis Gordoa Parque Lineal Ferrocarril de Cuernavaca / Gaeta-Springall arquitectos. Image © Arturo Arrieta + 12

Urban design is a branch of design intimately related to urban planning and landscape architecture; it focuses broadly on interpreting the form and public space with physical-aesthetic-functional criteria. Different experts in the field such as Jane Jacobs, Denise Scott Brown, Robert Venturi, Jaime Lerner, Jan Gehl, Kevin Lynch have devoted themselves to studying the needs of urban societies within the common spaces to give adequate responses to different contexts. These questions are renewed with new generations and the public space is transformed according to technological advances but what always remains is the sense of belonging of these sites that are only successful when users adopt them as own.

What is Co-Living?

04:30 - 25 April, 2019
What is Co-Living?, Cortesia de WeWork
Cortesia de WeWork

Many of us have already lived, are living, or will live in a shared student house - a good mix of cheap housing and intense socializing with friends and school mates. For a reasonable price, it is possible to have a single private room and share common spaces. In fact, not only university students are living this way nowadays. The concept of co-living is becoming more and more an attractive and effective solution.

By the People, For the People: What is Public Architecture, According to our Readers

05:00 - 19 April, 2019
Aarhus Harbor Bath / BIG. Image: © Rasmus Hjortshøj
Aarhus Harbor Bath / BIG. Image: © Rasmus Hjortshøj

Last week, we asked our social media followers, "What does public architecture mean to you?" These thoughts are intrinsic to the architectural debate and come into play in various types of projects, especially in those related to the planning of common-use spaces in cities.

What Makes a Great Public Place?

06:30 - 12 April, 2019
What Makes a Great Public Place?, A crowd of locals watch a movie at Discovery Green, Houston, TX, USA. Image Courtesy of PPS
A crowd of locals watch a movie at Discovery Green, Houston, TX, USA. Image Courtesy of PPS

This article was originally published by Project for Public Spaces as "What makes a successful place?", a brief guideline about how to develop great public spaces by following four qualities: Sociability, Uses & Activities, Access & Linkages, and Comfort & Image.

Great public spaces are those places where celebrations are held, social and economic exchanges occur, friends run into each other, and cultures mix. They are the “front porches” of our public institutions – libraries, field houses, schools – where we interact with each other and government. When these spaces work well, they serve as the stage for our public lives, but what makes some places succeed while others fail?

Bike Parking Design Guidelines

08:00 - 6 April, 2019
Bike Parking Design Guidelines , © Eduardo Souza
© Eduardo Souza

Studies show that public investment in integrated and safe cycling networks promotes urban transformation, providing more humanity, health and quality of life in urban spaces. While cities in the Netherlands and the Nordic countries have already incorporated bicycles into daily life, with a significant portion of the population using the means of transport for daily commutes, much of the world is still seeking a model to reduce congestion and increase its use. According to the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), investing in non-motorized transport allows congestion reduction, improves air quality, physical and mental health of residents, and local trade and brand visibility, once that cyclists tend to pay more attention to local commerce and take up less space than cars.

But along the cycle lanes and cycle paths it is essential to provide suitable places so that bicycles can be parked at the end of the trails. While bike stands are enclosed spaces, usually with some kind of surveillance and additional infrastructure, paracycles are the structures that allow to securely support and lock the bike. They can integrate in the urban furniture of a city, next to benches, plates, lamps and informative totems.

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Nikos Salingaros: 'Contemporary Public Spaces Are Designed For Lifeless Beings, Without Any Sex Or Sexual Desire'

07:00 - 4 April, 2019
Nikos Salingaros: 'Contemporary Public Spaces Are Designed For Lifeless Beings, Without Any Sex Or Sexual Desire', © Diego Hernández
© Diego Hernández

Within the framework of Espacios Oscuros research project, focused on observing and analyzing the experience of sexual diversity in public spaces of Santiago de Chile, architects María González and José Tomás Franco spoke with Nikos Salingaros, a mathematician and thinker known for his alternative theoretical approach to architecture and urbanism. Salingaros promotes design focused on human needs and aspirations, combining rigorous scientific analysis with a deep intuitive experience.

Our cities are, for the most part, hostile to the sensibilities of their citizens. (...) Almost everything has been aligned, standardized, emptied. So, how to meet different people, and how to expect a mix between strangers?

In this interview, Salingaros not only questions the way in which architects are designing the private and public spaces of our cities, ignoring –perhaps unconsciously– the human being in its diversity, but also suggests the emergence of a series of private community spaces that would be supplying the needs of expression and appropriation of all the inhabitants of the city.

100 Public Spaces: From Tiny Squares to Urban Parks

06:30 - 3 April, 2019
© DuoCai Photograph
© DuoCai Photograph

© Gianluca Stefani © Thomas Zaar © Tomasz Zakrzewski © Sebastien Michelini + 112

This collection is one of many interesting content groupings made by our registered users. Remember you can save and manage what inspires you on My ArchDaily. Create your account here.

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.

Sidewalks That Generate Energy Through The Steps

09:00 - 27 February, 2019
Sidewalks That Generate Energy Through The Steps, Cortesia de Pavegen
Cortesia de Pavegen

When we think of energy from renewable sources, the first that probably come to mind are solar and wind. And decentralizing power generation is something that has inspired engineers and inventors from all over the world.

So what about turning the mechanical energy generated when people walk into electrical energy? It can be done thanks to technology developed by Laurence Kemball-Cook,founder of Pavegen. Using platforms inserted within sidewalks Pavegen converts steps into electric power (while also generating data and even rewards). But before you go out there feeling like Michael Jackson in Billie Jean, you should understand how this system works.

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Open Call for Proposals: Contrei live land art festival

00:00 - 26 February, 2019
Open Call for Proposals: Contrei live land art festival, Contrei live - Open call for proposals
Contrei live - Open call for proposals

Open Call for Proposals
Artists, (environmental) Architects, Designers & Makers

Shade Structures for Outdoor Spaces: 6 Tips to Incorporate Into Your Next Project

06:00 - 24 February, 2019
Shade Structures for Outdoor Spaces: 6 Tips to Incorporate Into Your Next Project, Superior Shade at University of West Georgia. Image Courtesy of Superior Recreational Products
Superior Shade at University of West Georgia. Image Courtesy of Superior Recreational Products

In any successful architectural project, it is essential to provide users with a comfortable outdoor space. At any time of the year, modular shade structures can create spaces that protect from wind, dust, sun, rain, snow, and noise in a light, flexible and aesthetically pleasing way.

With this in mind, what should we look for when choosing shade structures for outdoor spaces? Below, we've provided you with Superior Recreational Products's top recommendations.

Superior Shade at Seabrook Island. Image Courtesy of Superior Recreational Products Superior Shade at University of West Georgia. Image Courtesy of Superior Recreational Products City of Cumming, Recreation & Parks Department. Image Courtesy of Superior Recreational Products Milwaukee County Zoo. Image Courtesy of Superior Recreational Products + 33

The New York City Privately Owned Public Space Logo Design Competition

09:00 - 8 February, 2019
The New York City Privately Owned Public Space Logo Design Competition

The New York City Privately Owned Public Space (POPS) Logo Design Competition is being held to solicit a design for a new POPS logo that may be featured on signage at over 550 POPS located across the city. A new POPS logo would be seen by millions of residents, workers, and visitors on any given day and encourage the public to take full advantage of these valuable, but sometimes unknown, public spaces.

Why Public Spaces are the Safest Investment for Secure Cities

08:00 - 2 December, 2018
Why Public Spaces are the Safest Investment for Secure Cities, © Rodrigo Tagle
© Rodrigo Tagle

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Architecture is powerful, and like nuclear energy, it all depends on how it is used. While it can create uninhabitable municipalities, it can also create safer cities that improve quality of life.

In various examples, urban design has provided a response to deteriorated or abandoned public spaces. It has shown that distribution and lighting are essential, but that it is also necessary to consider who will be using the space and how to make it an environment that generates community.