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What has happened over time is that development has become less dense in the US. People like to move to a 5-acre ranch, and that creates this volatile mix of houses and flammable vegetation.

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Category Archives: Urbanism & Design

July 23, 2017
Chuck Marohn’s Fight to Fix the Suburbs
Time Magazine

After graduating from college, Charles Marohn went to work as a municipal engineer in his hometown. It was the mid-1990s, the area was booming, and Marohn was laying down the systems that helped the area grow. “I built sprawl,” he now says.

Can Food Malls Save Commercial Real Estate?
The Awl

A multitude of threats deriving from e-commerce, shifts in consumer spending habits and an excess supply of malls have put increasing pressure on shares of retail focused businesses. So what will save us?

Architecture Firm Proposes Green Reuse of Houston’s I-45
The Urban Edge

“We can’t say infrastructure is bad because it has made our city,” architect Marcus Martinez said. “It has been the engine of change to bring the city to what we know today. But now, it’s our responsibility to guide that next step.”

Shipping Containers Are Not Affordable Housing
Politico Magazine

While the containers themselves are cheap, the retrofit can boost the final price well into the the hundreds of thousands of dollars, making the final product less of a solution to the affordable housing crisis than one might think at first.

Ann Arbor Crafting New Downtown Design Rules

Ann Arbor officials are taking steps to try to improve the design of downtown buildings. Partly, they want to make sure developers aren’t using cheap materials on new building facades.

July 20, 2017
Atlanta’s Buckhead Getting Big Park Announcement Next Week
Curbed Atlanta

The good news: Buckhead’s quest to create one of America’s great urban spaces from dead air above Ga. Highway 400 is still very much alive and is reaching new milestones. The bad: Atlantans have to wait until next week for the 411.

Oakland’s New Suburban Dystopia at 51st and Broadway
Streetsblog S.F.

The Shops at the Ridge, a 300,000 square foot, 1,000 parking space development which redeveloped the Safeway/Longs Drugs complex on the northeastern corner, could have been the centerpiece of this revitalization. But it is even more a mess today than before.

Saving the East New York Landmarks
Urban Omnibus

While many concerned with gentrification focus on what new businesses and people crop up in the neighborhoods they call home, Zulmilena Then goes to bat for the buildings themselves.

Finding a Vision for the Sacramento Waterfront’s Future
Urban Land Institute

The Sacramento River acts as a barrier between the cities of Sacramento and West Sacramento, but members of the local district council are exploring how to transform the waterfront so the river serves as a destination that connects rather than divides the metro area.

Bollards Can Save Lives, Improve Urban Design

Good design can save lives – and sometimes, it’s the humblest designs that do the most good. You may rarely notice them, but bollards keep pedestrians safe by restricting vehicle traffic – and they can save lives in the event of an accident or terrorist attack.

5 Years In, Philly Council Hasn’t Rezoned Half of City

The remapping of Philadelphia’s neighborhood zoning is unfolding at a halting pace, although the process picked up speed in the last year, according to data presented at a Planning Commission meeting this past Tuesday.

New Designs Unveiled for Norwegian Capital

The part of Oslo’s government quarter damaged during the 2011 terrorist bombing will be replaced by one of two proposals – one by a team including Haptic and Nordic, and another by a team featuring A-Lab and LPO Architects.

Housing for the Age of Mass Displacement

In this month’s feature we speak to architects working with the concept of emergency shelter to find out how they are approaching the issue of mass displacement in the age of climate change, war, and crisis.

July 19, 2017
Studio Gang Envisions the Future of Memphis’s Riverfront
The Architects' Newspaper

Divided into five zones, the Memphis Riverfront Concept is designed to re-link the city’s downtown to the underutilized waterfront. The plan calls for changes, large and small, ranging from new park buildings to major ecological remediation.

U.K.’s Urban Playgrounds Hit By Austerity
The Guardian

The oldest adventure playground in Britain is under threat after losing council funding. As public services across the country are cut, is this a sign that cities are becoming increasingly hostile to children?

Is S.F. Homeless-Proofing a Library?

The San Francisco public library branch in Castro is just a block from Market Street on the edge of 16th Street, sandwiched by homes and business alike. It’s a popular place for families, but that’s not all. The library has also become a haven for the homeless.


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