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In Mexico we occupy streets in a very particular manner—it may seem chaotic, but it is actually very complex and organized.

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Category Archives: Urbanism & Design

March 26, 2017
The Architecture of an Asylum
Huffington Post

On 300 acres in Washington D.C., where Dorothea Dix once helped organize a 19th-century mental hospital, the U.S. Coast Guard now operates its headquarters. The Department of Homeland Security soon will follow, with mixed-use development not far behind.

Tactical Urbanism in Action
Corporate Knights

In 2016, Vancouver, Paris and Calgary demonstrated that pilot projects can pave the way to consensus.

Housing Expansion Can’t Meet Lexington’s Needs
Lexington Herald-Ledger

Lexington is currently updating its Comprehensive Plan, providing an opportunity with this update to responsibly respond to changing demographics by recommitting to infill and redevelopment as our primary growth strategy.

Can Downtown Minneapolis Save Itself?

“Everyone points fingers at Amazon and the other reasons [Minneapolis’] downtown is dying — except looking in the mirror and asking ourselves, what are we doing wrong as a city?”

The Destruction of Seoul’s Bamgol Village
Colin Marshall

Each month I join Kurt Achin, host of Koreascape on Seoul’s TBS eFM, for an exploration of one of Seoul’s urban spaces. This month we join urban explorer Jon Dunbar of Daehanmindecline for a walk through an old neighborhood called Bamgol Village.

Density, Transit Could Save Denverites Thousands Annually
Streetsblog Denver

Denver is changing, and change is never easy. It’s understandable that the pressures of a growing city — where car ownership makes less sense and transit, walking, and biking start to take precedence on the streets — make some people uncomfortable.

Warehouse Demand Growing In Nebraska, Nationally
Omaha World-Herald

Area commercial brokers who connect buyers with industrial sites see demand only rising. They say e-commerce and the shrinkage of bricks-and-mortar retail stores are fueling the need for places capable of stocking merchandise that can be delivered fast to consumers.

March 23, 2017
Design Activism, Texas Style

Designers have an important role to play in making sustainable cities, both in their day-to-day work and through public education and advocacy. San Antonio–based architecture firm Overland has taken this lesson to heart.

Map Shows D.C.’s True Urban/Suburban Divide
Greater Greater Washington

Where does “the city” start and end? Some might say it’s the District line. But in reality, the lines between “city” and “suburb” are more unclear than you think.

Podcast: Urban Loneliness

Cities are busy beasts but being constantly surrounded by people doesn’t necessarily prevent us from feeling lonely. The hustle and bustle of city life can be overwhelming, especially for newcomers – so what’s the best way to tackle urban loneliness?

Milton Keynes at 50

As it celebrates turning 50-years-old, Milton Keynes is bracing for the challenges of the next half century.

March 22, 2017
Geodesign Helps Communities Address Growing Pains
Directions Magazine

San Francisco is experiencing some well-publicized growing pains. For a city that’s bounded by water on three sides, the question at hand is, “What happens when we run out of room?” Geodesign addresses this and other complex questions.

How Neuroscience Can Improve The Office Space

The ceiling height of an office can influence whether a team is better at figuring out big picture problems or hashing out complex details. Your focus, stress and energy levels are affected by the presence of green and blue in the office.

San Antonio Walkability Actually Getting Worse
Texas Public Radio

Walkable neighborhoods are associated with health, economic and environmental benefits, but San Antonio’s walkability is not improving. In fact, it’s gotten worse. How can we make San Antonio a more pedestrian-friendly city?


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