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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.

Urban Furniture

LOOP / FAHR 021.3

© Joao Morgado

© Joao Morgado

BUILD ME! / Enorme Studio

© Javier de Paz García

© Javier de Paz García

Pop-Up! / LMN Architects

© Trevor Dykstra

© Trevor Dykstra

LentSpace / Interboro

© Interboro

© Interboro

Jeanne D’arc on Wheels / ENORME Studio

© Lea Waeytens + Sarah Berthet-Nivon

© Lea Waeytens + Sarah Berthet-Nivon


Bus Stops

Bus Stop / Sou Fujimoto

© Yuri Palmin

© Yuri Palmin

Soviet Bus Stop / Christopher Herwig

Cortesía de Herwigphoto

Cortesía de Herwigphoto

Bus Stop / Smiljan Radic

© Yuri Palmin

© Yuri Palmin

Bus Stop / Alexander Brodsky

© Yuri Palmin

© Yuri Palmin

Bus Stop / Architecten de Vylder Vinck Taillieu

© Yuri Palmin

© Yuri Palmin

Lookouts

10Cal Tower / Supermachine Studio

© Wison Tungthunya

© Wison Tungthunya

Vessel Public Landmark / Heatherwick Studio

Cortesía de Getty Images

Cortesía de Getty Images

The Elastic Perspective / NEXT Architects

© Sander Meisner

© Sander Meisner

Top of Tyrol / astearchitecture

Cortesía de astearchitecture

Cortesía de astearchitecture

Viewing Tower Lommel / Ateliereen Architecten

Cortesía de Ateliereen Architecten

Cortesía de Ateliereen Architecten

Bridges

The Infinite Bridge / Gjøde & Povlsgaard Arkitekter

© Aarhus I Billeder

© Aarhus I Billeder

Pedestrian Bridge in Aranzadi Park / Peralta Ayesa Arquitectos + Opera ingeniería

© Pedro Pegenaute

© Pedro Pegenaute

Cirkelbroen Bridge / Studio Olafur Eliasson

© Anders Sune Berg

© Anders Sune Berg

Twisted Valley / Grupo Aranea

© Jesus Granada

© Jesus Granada

Festina Lente / Adnan Alagić,Bojan Kanlić& Amila Hrustić

Cortesía de Adnan Alagić, Bojan Kanlić

Cortesía de Adnan Alagić, Bojan Kanlić

Playgrounds

Rotebro Sports Hall / White Arkitekter

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© Thomas Zaar

© Thomas Zaar

Five Fields Play Structure / Matter Design + FR|SCH

Cortesía de Matter Design + FR|SCH

Cortesía de Matter Design + FR|SCH

Park ‘n’ Play / JAJA Architects

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© Rasmus Hjortshøj

© Rasmus Hjortshøj

City in Sky / Mu Wei + Sam Cho + Yu Hui

© Li Xiao & Jiang Jiang

© Li Xiao & Jiang Jiang

Elysium Playground / Cox Rayner Architects

© Christopher Frederick Jones

© Christopher Frederick Jones

Squares

Usaquén Urban Wetland / CESB / Obraestudio

© Daniel Segura

© Daniel Segura

Tapis Rouge public space in an informal neighborhood in Haiti / Emergent Vernacular Architecture

© Gianluca Stefani

© Gianluca Stefani

New Permanent Garden / Gabriel Orozco

© Andy Stagg

© Andy Stagg

Courtyard of Averbode Abbey / OMGEVING

Cortesía de OMGEVING

Cortesía de OMGEVING

DT Plateau / 4of7 + Institute of Transportation CIP

© Ana Kostic

© Ana Kostic

Sports Spaces

Pigalle Duperré / Ill-Studio

© Sebastien Michelini

© Sebastien Michelini

Park ‘n’ Play / JAJA Architects

© Rasmus Hjortshøj

© Rasmus Hjortshøj

Play Landscape be-MINE / Carve + OMGEVING

Cortesía de OMGEVING

Cortesía de OMGEVING

Aarhus Harbor Bath / BIG

© Rasmus Hjortshøj

© Rasmus Hjortshøj

Plaza Israel Plads / Sweco Architects + COBE

© Rasmus Hjortshøj

© Rasmus Hjortshøj

Parks

Confluence Park / Lake|Flato Architects + Matsys Design

© Casey Dunn

© Casey Dunn

Parque Şışhane / SANALarc

© Olivve Wimmer

© Olivve Wimmer

Red Ribbon Park / Turenscape

Cortesía de Turenscape

Cortesía de Turenscape

Paprocany Lake Shore Redevelopment / RS + Robert Skitek

© Tomasz Zakrzewski

© Tomasz Zakrzewski

Promenada / Enota

© Miran Kambič

© Miran Kambič

Urban Landscape

Superkilen / Topotek 1 + BIG Architects + Superflex

© Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan

Plaza Urdanibia / SCOB

© Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula

Red Planet / 100architects

© Amey Kandalgaonkar

© Amey Kandalgaonkar

LightPathAKL / Monk Mackenzie Architects + Landlab

© Russ Flatt

© Russ Flatt

Guaíba Orla Urban Park / Jaime Lerner Arquitetos Associados

© Arthur Cordeiro

© Arthur Cordeiro

Urban Parks

Jaworznickie Planty Water Playground / RS + Robert Skitek

© Tomasz Zakrzewski

© Tomasz Zakrzewski

Earthly Pond Service Center of International Horticultural Exposition / HHD_FUN

© DuoCai Photograph

© DuoCai Photograph

Padre Renato Poblete River Park / Boza Arquitectos

© Felipe Díaz Contardo

© Felipe Díaz Contardo

Koper Central Park / Enota

© Miran Kambič

© Miran Kambič

Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project / Turf Design Studio, Environmental Partnership, Alluvium, Turpin+Crawford, Dragonfly and Partridge

© Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan

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