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Tag Archives: Urban Design

April 26, 2017
Architecture in the Basement
Urban Omnibus

For the last 36 years, Janet Parks, curator of the Avery Archives, has been mayor of New York’s architecture community, located in the lower level of Columbia University’s Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library.

Designer Michael Ford’s ‘Hip Hop Architecture’
Cleveland Plain-Dealer

Michael Ford had a life-changing moment when he went on a school trip from Cass Tech in Detroit to the architecture school at University of Detroit Mercy. It was there that Ford met Professor Dan Pitera, a self-described “political and social activist masquerading as an architect.”

Rethinking Urban Schools in the 21st Century
Urban Policy & Research (abstract)

During the twentieth century, the shaping of a “community within a community” that informed liberal educational thought materialised in campus-style schools that were exempt from planning laws, contributed to sprawl, and duplicated facilities provided by local authorities.

April 25, 2017
Has Seattle Finally Figured Out Redevelopment?
Crosscut

Over the last few years, virtually every neighborhood in Seattle has seemingly been inundated with large development projects. What has the city learned during its redevelopment process?

Exploring Placemaking in Amsterdam
Project for Public Spaces

As PPS prepares for Placemaking Week 2017 in Amsterdam, we’re more inspired each day by this city’s unique mix of history and cultural innovation, and with the seemingly countless number of place-focused initiatives that are taking place throughout the region.

The Representational Geographies of New Urbanism
Journal of Urbanism (abstract)

This paper seeks to contribute to our geographical understanding of New Urbanism as an important reform movement by exploring its representational rather than physical experience within the United States.

April 20, 2017
Learning From Jane Jacobs, Who Saw Today’s City Yesterday
New York Times

Although Jacobs was wrong about many things — most significantly in her refusal to imagine race as something that can shake things up in urban life — she was prescient as well, even in her later years, in books that virtually no one reads today.

April 19, 2017
Representational Geographies of New Urbanism in the U.S.
Journal of Urbanism (abstract)

This paper seeks to contribute to our geographical understanding of New Urbanism as an important reform movement by exploring its representational rather than physical experience within the United States.

April 18, 2017
Nordic Design For Public Spaces
Pop Up City

How are Scandinavians dealing with cold, dark winters in the design of their public spaces? Swedish architecture firm Utopia proposes a, partially indoor, public park in Stockholm that can be actively used all year round, not only in the mild summer months.

April 17, 2017
April 16, 2017
April 13, 2017
Putting The Public Back in Public Space
Doggerel

The design profession is growing more comfortable discussing issues like equity and social justice, but figuring out how to move from ideal to action can be difficult.

Remembering The Basics Of Good Urban Planning
Greater Greater Washington

GGWash used to run more posts about the basics of urbanism than we do today. A few years ago, we had a core group of writers that was still cutting its teeth in the planning world, and a byproduct of that was frequent content about simple things that make places better for people.

April 12, 2017
What Does Radical Urbanism Mean Today?
The Architects' Newspaper

What does it mean to be a radical architect or designer today? Never before have cities mattered as much to the future of humanity.

Feeling Safe, Comfortable in the Built Environment
Journal of Urbanism (abstract)

This paper reports on a pilot study that explores the link between Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design principles and people’s feelings of safety and comfort in an urban precinct of Adelaide, South Australia.

April 11, 2017
April 10, 2017
Why Design Buffs Must Visit Tokyo
The Telegraph

Tokyo’s rapid-fire post-war urban growth – and its tightly packed population (13.6 million at last count) – has resulted in the evolution of a city that excels at creating (and harmoniously coexisting in) the tiniest of spaces.

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