Welcome to "2003: The Year in Pictures," an interactive feature that takes advantage of PPS's online Image Collection, a database of over 11,000 images of great places and placemaking. The images are available to registered users of the Image Database. If the image above appears as a small thumbnail on your screen, please log in to the Image Database before you continue.
We'd rather bury or tear up a waterfront highway, but sometimes the only option is to mitigate its impact. PPS worked with NJDOT and key stakeholders on Newark, New Jersey's Passaic Riverfront to plan for waterfront access and activities.
Working closely with NJDOT and engineers, we’ve recommended a landscaped median, wide crosswalks, a park full of activities, and a pedestrian bridge over the highway that is an extension of the institutions it is bridging.
Extensive visioning and placemaking in seven San Mateo County communities has suggested a new look for El Camino Real, and, more importantly, connections, housing and mobility choices for those living and working along it.
Downtowns and transit hubs need connections as well, so that traffic calming can be coordinated with better transit service and amenities, promoting ridership and downtown living, like this transit plaza in Daly City, CA.
PPS worked in seven towns along the El Camino Real Corridor in San Mateo, and developed unique solutions for each one that tied into a coherent vision for planning and development along the entire corridor.
In a project funded by the Urban Institute, PPS helped youth in Rijeka, Croatia identify key “places” in their community, and suggest improvements. This empty lot below Soviet “panelak” housing, was one of the sites chosen.
The Croatian youths, who ranged from ten to 18-years old, were led through the exercise by mentors trained by PPS staff. The local government has pledged to fund one of the four projects identified by the process.
Placemaking is an ideal tool to develop a culture of civic engagement in former Soviet countries like Armenia, where skepticism towards public participation prevails due to decades of heavy-handed Communist rule. This square, devastated by an earthquake over 15 years ago, has finally been cleared of temporary housing and is ready for a makeover.
PPS has been a vocal opponent of Bryant Park’s hosting of the semi-annual Seventh on Sixth Fashion Show. In 2003, Bryant Park’s central lawn was closed for a total of over six weeks, in September and February, for the invitation-only fashion show.
However, "Barcelona's newer architecture and public spaces are severely compromised by a narrow focus on their "design" value – not their community value," noted Fred Kent in his 2003 City Commentary. This example, Parc Diagonal del Mar, he called "truly awful."
In another Spanish town, Bilbao, we had an equally low opinion of the famous Guggenheim museum. In this picture, a thief finds solace in the continuous blank walls of the Franks Gehry-designed museum. Seconds later, we saw the thief try to swipe a tourist's camera.