Place making for people: Urban Spaces are continuously taken over by the widespread residential, commercial and administrative developments in the city. People are suffering a poor life quality; they have few or no public spaces and amenities. To create and restore the public life that can contribute to the quality of urban life in cities remains a major challenge for architects and urban designers today. The challenge is to design urban spaces that people will want to use (Carmona M. et al. 2003), as people are the measure of the success of any place making. Successful public places are filled with people; they flourish socially and economically, and more important they could attain this success for a long life and contribute to the urban quality of life through sustainability. Urban Park Design: Simultaneously, recent trends show an increasing interest in urban park design. Urban parks primarily evolved as recreation urban space. Today, urban parks have developed into living public places full of physical, social and cultural activities. The new paradigm shift in park design recognizes people's needs, their spatial behavior and activities as well as the social, cultural, political and economic context. People-Place relationship: Between the theory and practice: Today, urban spaces are not seen as static objects, but rather as relations, process and situations of a dynamic and ever changing nature (Nilsson F. 2004). Place making is an intrinsic part of the social practice of place (which reflects the realities of people's everyday life, activities and spatial behavior), people and place play a simultaneously interchangeable and dependent role. This research identifies this people-place relation as the key to make successful public places. However, architects and urban designers are often driven by ideologies and theories rather than social studies of place (Fisher T. 2004). Place has occupied a central part in the different theoretical approaches. However, theories of place, in general, have focused on ideologies rather than realities explaining visual and formal values rather than human activities. Simultaneously, social studies and place making has occupied a major part in urban design, to study the relation between space and spatial behavior and try to identify the basic elements of successful urban space through people's behavior pattern. A. Rappoport and C. Alexander are considered the most famous authors in this field. However, these social studies were often ignored due to their complex and changeable nature. Towards formulating a critical approach to urban park design: Place making for people remains a challenge for architects and urban designers today. However, they lack the tool or methodological framework to study the relation between the spatial organization of place and the nature and consequences of its social practice. Through an analysis of several examples of public urban parks, this thesis proposes a critical approach for architects and urban designers to design an urban park, which considers the people-place relation ship as its conceptual framework. This approach is hence, experimented against several case studies.