November 19, 2013

Dana Wall- Palisades Park, Santa Monica, CA.

This park is consistently utilized for varying purposes, and by both residents of and visitors to Santa Monica. It’s a block away from the main downtown district, and is also adjacent to the Santa Monica pier. While it can be a tourist attraction, the park extends north along Ocean Ave. where it gains more of a community feel. People are always exercising, relaxing, eating, and taking pictures here.

November 19, 2013

Barton Springs 
Austin, Texas

A public pool created by man-made dams and filled by natural spring water.  A popular tourist destination in Austin and home to endangered salamanders, Barton Springs is open year round for swimming, sunning, and the odd hula hooper. Downstream from the main pool, a shallow, unregulated pool is used for a dog park.

Betsy Cooper

November 19, 2013
Grand River Avenue, East Lansing, MI
Source: Google Maps
Kelly Richardson

Grand River Avenue, East Lansing, MI

Source: Google Maps

Kelly Richardson

November 19, 2013

Source: SF Planning Department

POPOS in San Francisco. 

Jamilla Afandi

PS  a guide to san Francisco’s privately-owned public open spaces

November 19, 2013

Gardens by the Bay in Singapore

Sources:

http://www.ourawesomeplanet.com/awesome/2013/05/gardens-by-the-bay-singapore.html

http://www.kuriositas.com/2013/09/the-supertrees-of-singapore.html

This public park was developed on reclaimed land and is intended to raise quality of life by enhancing greenery and flora in the city. The “Supertrees” are vertical gardens that house a wide variety of plant species, filter and collect rain water for irrigation, and run on photovoltaics. The complex also consists of an elevated walkway, food and beverage facilities, a cultural heritage garden, horticulture biomes, and spaces for festivals and other events. It is intended to become Singapore’s premier urban outdoor recreation space, but it’s unclear to me whether the locals actually enjoy this space or if it’s more of a showcase of sustainable practices in Singapore and a tourist attraction.

Tricia Pontau

November 19, 2013

Avenida Central y La plaza de Cultura San Jose, Costa Rica

Pedestrian street leading to a concrete plaza on top of the Museo del Oro. Highly active area with formal and informal retail, hotels, and cultural attractions (Pictured is the side of the Teatro Nacional). 

Adam Kokenakes

Photos 1 2 3

November 19, 2013

Santa Monica Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA

Owned by Downtown Santa Monica, Inc, Third Street Promenade is a public space that receives ample pedestrian flows and street performers. A stretch of Third Street that is blocked off from traffic for pedestrian use only. Although it is a friendly public space during the day, hanging out around here after the store-hours might get you unwanted attention from the police. 

Souces: www.flickr.com; www.friends4expo.org

Charlie Tso 

November 19, 2013

Post Office Square, Boston

This is a mid-sized park in the heart of the Financial District, across the street from the old Post Office building.  It’s a lot smaller than the Common or the Public Gardens, but it’s still beautifully kept up and surrounded by some of the tallest buildings in the Boston skyline.  I used to work right around the corner and we’d eat lunch here whenever it was nice out.

It’s a great place to hang out on a hot day since there’s so much shade and a bunch of fountains, too.  I’ve seen all kinds of activities in this space, aside from lunch-eating: after-work yoga, weddings, concerts, etc.  It’s a much-needed oasis in the middle of an otherwise bustling business center.

Chris Herlich

Sources: http://landnotes.org/tag/boston/

http://nutritimentation.blogspot.com/2013/06/free-fitness-classes-in-post-office.html

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/11072475

November 19, 2013
Hurt Park - Atlanta, Georgia
Confused Public Space
http://www.empoweryoungwomen.org/eyw/ERC%20Testing%20Event/2012TestDay.htm
Allison Roland

Hurt Park - Atlanta, Georgia

Confused Public Space

http://www.empoweryoungwomen.org/eyw/ERC%20Testing%20Event/2012TestDay.htm

Allison Roland

November 19, 2013
The people of Meghalaya, India have manipulated rubber trees to form braided bridges across the rivers. Frequent flooding rots wooden bridges, but living trees are durable and resist rotting. It can take 15 years or more to create a usable bridge of this kind. Douglas Smith

The people of Meghalaya, India have manipulated rubber trees to form braided bridges across the rivers. Frequent flooding rots wooden bridges, but living trees are durable and resist rotting. It can take 15 years or more to create a usable bridge of this kind. 

Douglas Smith

November 18, 2013

Location: Lhasa, Tibet

Great public space

Source: personal photos

Alex Bazan

November 18, 2013

Plaça del Diamant (Diamond Square), in Barcelona’s district of Gràcia

-Mabel Kessler

sources:                                

https://ssl.panoramio.com/photo/94801848

https://ssl.panoramio.com/photo/73892723

November 18, 2013

Campus Martius, Detroit

Photo Sources:

http://www.campusmartiuspark.org/

http://nedhardy.com/2013/10/03/no-this-is-detroit/

Julia Upfal

November 18, 2013

Evan Severs, East Fourth Street, Cleveland, OH

East Fourth Street is in the heart of downtown, but was an old, underused thoroughfare.  The street was closed off and redeveloped, at a price tag of $110 million, and converted into 600,000 square feet of retail and residential property.  The area is now a hotspot throughout the day, especially crowded during lunch and dinner hours due to the number of great restaurants!

http://blogs.democratandchronicle.com/rocfood/2012/09/06/a-favorite-food-destination-cleveland/

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/08/realestate/commercial/08fourth.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

November 18, 2013
One of a series of privately owned public open spaces (POPOS) in San Francisco’s Financial District and South of Market (SoMa) neighborhoods. This one is on the 15th floor of the building at 343 Sansome St. Starting a few decades back, the city required developers to provide public open space in all newly constructed buildings over a certain height in the Financial District. This one is a particularly great spot for lunch (I worked two blocks away) with lots of sun (when the fog dissipated) and nice views of the bay. Also, because of extensive advertising by the city parks department, this spot got a lot of use despite being otherwise well-hidden.
Mitch Herz
photo from: http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/343-sansome-rooftop-deck-san-francisco?select=ReBvyaJ_IvLKcNiYaE5ISQ#gaB0dSQDgAy47BtBBDIA9Q

One of a series of privately owned public open spaces (POPOS) in San Francisco’s Financial District and South of Market (SoMa) neighborhoods. This one is on the 15th floor of the building at 343 Sansome St. Starting a few decades back, the city required developers to provide public open space in all newly constructed buildings over a certain height in the Financial District. This one is a particularly great spot for lunch (I worked two blocks away) with lots of sun (when the fog dissipated) and nice views of the bay. Also, because of extensive advertising by the city parks department, this spot got a lot of use despite being otherwise well-hidden.

Mitch Herz

photo from: http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/343-sansome-rooftop-deck-san-francisco?select=ReBvyaJ_IvLKcNiYaE5ISQ#gaB0dSQDgAy47BtBBDIA9Q