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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.

Frida Escobedo, Architectural Digest

Category Archives: Urbanism & Design

March 9, 2017
Street Photographs Reveal Negative Impacts of Urban Life
Creative Boom

In 2015, photographer David Gaberle walked over 3,600 km through the world’s largest cities, photographing people in New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Sydney, London and Seoul. His mission? To examine the “human condition in the 21st century metropolis”.

Should We Resurrect Dead Buildings?

In light of plans to bring the neoclassical Penn Station and Frank Lloyd Wright’s lost pavilions back to life, Aaron Betsky argues that architects should focus on renovating existing buildings rather than replacing new with old, in this Opinion column.

March 8, 2017
Why Public Space Matters For Mothers
The Spinoff

A 19th century figure who drew artistic inspiration from lengthy walks through the city, the flâneur spent his days unencumbered by schedules, responsibilities or young children. But these days, writes Thomasin Sleigh, the city streets are the realm of the pram-pushers.

Abandoned Asylums Show Architecture Designed to Heal

While intellectual interest in ruins has been recorded for centuries, the popularity and controversy of contemporary “ruin porn” can be traced back to somewhere around 2009. A favorite subject within this field is the American insane asylum.

America’s Built Environment of the Future
Granola Shotgun

I’ve come to my own personal unified theory of America’s land use future. The short version is that we’ve got the built environment that we have and the overwhelming majority of it isn’t ever going to change much.

Québec: A Catalog of Density
Urban Kchoze

So, I’ve recently discovered an interesting tool to visualize census data for Canada, that made me want to do a kind of encyclopaedia of density, for typical forms of development in Québec, and maybe a bit from Canada too.

The Continued Rise of Skate Parks
City Parks Blog

Skate parks remain one of the fastest growing park facilities in the 100 largest US cities. Over 141 skate parks have been constructed since we started surveying city parks departments about them in 2010. There are 365 now, with 30 opening in the past year.

March 7, 2017
Utrecht Building Public Space Over Highway
Pop Up City

Pop-Up City has been asked to be a jury member of an in-residence program for Utrecht’s Berlijnplein, calling for international artists to temporarily settle on the roof of one of the Netherlands’ most prominent highways.

A New Age of Progressive Suburbanism?
New Geography

While CBDs and inner urban areas are lavished with costly projects designed mainly to benefit the minority of people who work there, suburban and regional centres – where the majority live, work and play – have been largely left to fend for themselves.

Murals and The Future of Latino San Francisco
Boom California

George Sterling called San Francisco a “cool grey city of love” in 1920; writer Rebecca Solnit now deems it a “cold gray city of greed” as new wealth has violently displaced longtime residents. The Latino neighborhood of the Mission has been particularly affected.

Designing Spaces of Care
The Dirt

Designers, physicians, and researchers are partnering to better understand what it’s like to have a neuro-cognitive disorder and then create more sensitive processes and empathetic spaces that can help alleviate the pain these patients experience while institutionalized.

The Design Profession’s Gender Equity Problem

It’s all too easy to find examples of gender imbalance in design. But reliable information about how this affects people and practices, not to mention viable ideas for eliminating it, is harder to come across.

How Ecotopia 2121 Is Reimagining the Urban World
City Metric

In celebrating More’s Utopia’s 500th birthday, the Ecotopia 2121 project, of which I am the coordinator, is harnessing Thomas More’s spirit to predict the futures of 100 real cities around the world – if they somehow managed to become super eco-friendly.

How Cars Carve The Social Fabric of Cities

The story of how Vancouver became the only major North American city without a freeway is an intriguing one, centred on citizen intervention rather than political will, which we recount in the latest episode of our new six-part podcast series, “The Strait and Narrows”.


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