Public Places

The entrance staircase of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has always been a gathering place. Visitors will sit and wait on the front steps for their friends, or take a breather there after attempting to absorb the museum's massive collection. The steps, and the four-block-long fa├žade of the museum, were recently refreshed by famed landscape architecture firm OLIN and reopened last week.

When you think Moscow, Red Square comes immediately to mind; the onion domes looming over a wide, stark plaza meant primarily for military processions. But the culture of Moscow is changing, and Jan Gehl Architects has more recently been doing some interesting work on public spaces for the city.