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Tag Archives: Urban Design

February 27, 2017
Healing the Healer Through Urban Design

As designers look for ways to improve patient outcomes in hospitals, creating a better working environment for those on the front lines of care is a must.

Many Uses in Denver, Linked by One Vibrant Alley
Urban Land Institute

The connections among a mix of uses on a single urban block are normally left to the streetfronts that surround them, or to interior corridors. But in a historic district in Denver, it is an alleyway that pulls uses together.

February 26, 2017
Jan Gehl Gave Us Great Cities, But What’s Next?
Financial Review

Jan Gehl collaborated with others the world over – with differing levels of success – to give postwar modernist cities with wide streets and flat parking lots a human touch. But what’s next in his vision of the urban future?

Urban Design In An Age of Recession
Journal of Urban Design (abstract)

Two papers in this special themed issue offer empirical research to demonstrate the uneven impacts of recession in the UK, analyzing the impacts of the economic boom in central London in the years 2008–2015 to the recession driven ‘toxic’ high streets of suburban Newcastle.

February 23, 2017
Austin Council Still Puzzled About CodeNEXT
Austin Monitor

Most City Council members still don’t know what to make of the first draft of CodeNEXT, the long-anticipated overhaul of the city’s zoning code that was first unveiled late last month.

February 22, 2017
Urban Design in the Neoliberal Era
Journal of Urban Design (abstract)

Against the backdrop of an ongoing global recession, Greece continues to face economic problems. How has urban design fared in the struggling state?

February 20, 2017
Using Urban Diaries in Times of City Change
Huffington Post

Almost 50 years ago, the Parisian flâneur tradition of “looking around” cities became a central aspect of academic inquiry about, and activist response to, urban change. How can urban diaries influence effective city planning and development outcomes?

Indy Developing 100 Downtown Acres
Indianapolis Business Journal

We’re quietly building toward one of the largest opportunities for new urban development in Indianapolis’s history, the 103 acres west of downtown and the White River that was formerly the General Motors metal fabrication and stamping plant.

New York’s Vast Flop
New York Review of Books

No urban design project in modern American experience has aroused such high expectations and intense scrutiny as the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site in New York City.

Economic Booms Are Bad For Urban Design
Journal of Urban Design (abstract)

Cash-rich developers looking for a chance to make a quick buck often produce bad architecture and urban design when there are opportunities for making positive changes in the built environment.

February 16, 2017
A Great Idea: Tactical Urbanism

The latest trend in urban design and planning gets them off of the paper and out of a big room, testing ideas in the real world. It is fun and hands-on, and making many converts.

A Conversation With Urban Designer Eran Chen

Founded in 2007 by Eran Chen, ODA’s distinctive residential projects seem to ripple and blossom in the urban realm. From housing to libraries to mixed-use structures, ODA’s design philosophy is both socially inclusive and visually compelling. I spoke to Eran Chen about his ideal city.

8 Steps To Effective Urban Design
The Urban Developer

In a recent interview with Urbis National Director James Tuma, The Urban Developer investigated a series of urban design strategies that are key to achieving better cities.

February 15, 2017
Playground, Or Design Statement?

We weren’t sure who should write about this beautiful play structure seen in Dezeen in a post titled Matter Design’s architectural play equipment encourages kids to crawl, jump and fly.

NYC’s Story of the Squats
Urban Omnibus

The story of the squats of the Lower East Side — heroic acts of reoccupying abandoned buildings and violent clashes with the police — are now the stuff of myth and history.

February 14, 2017
L.A.’s 100 Coolest Buildings
Boing Boing

From Spanish-style adobe to Art Deco to Googie to Midcentury Modern to new experimental forms, L.A. is one of the most eclectic cities for architecture. Los Angeles Magazine curated this great list of 100 architectural gems worthy of a visit.

February 13, 2017
Design Startup Reshaping Local Government
Fast Company Design

Public, a new nonprofit, wants to bring the tenets of good design to local governments. By approaching government bureaucracy as a design problem, agencies can better learn what their constituents want, and then design successful programs based on those insights.


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