Feature Article - January 2004
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Pull Up a Chair

How site furnishings transform a space into a place

By Kelli Anderson


Safety, environmental concerns and attention to the special needs of the disabled also means checking out those furnishings and amenities in light of EPA and ADA guidelines, which can be found on their respective Web sites, www.epa.gov and www.ada.gov.

Site furnishings and amenities like seating and water fountains are even available to suit the special needs of the half-pints among us—children—in well-suited spaces like playground areas.

The latest information on playground safety is available through a variety of sources, such as the National Playground Safety Institute at www.nrpa.org or through the National Program for Playground Safety at www.uni.edu/playground/home.html.

Not only are children delighted to perch themselves in seating where little feet don't dangle, but thankful too are the grownups who's backs are spared the aches and pains of hoisting little ones up to reach adult-sized drinking fountains and benches. There really is a little something for everyone.


If learning more about what it takes to turn a public space into a healthy, hopping hub of activity and community interests you, the following is a list of names making the Placemakers list of experts as compiled by the Project for Public Spaces. Together, these individuals comprise those academics, consultants, speakers, architects and impassioned visionaries who are shaping the understanding of Placemaking and revolutionizing their areas of expertise.

For a list of their books, Web sites and related resources, visit www.PPS.org.

William H. Whyte

Christopher Alexander

Allan Jacobs

Donald Appleyard

Roberta Brandes Gratz

Dan Burden

Clare Cooper Marcus

Fred Kent

Jan Gehl

Tony Hiss

Randolph (Randy) Hester Jr.

Jane Jacobs

James Howard Kunstler

Ray Oldenburg

Enrique Peńalosa