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It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy: We assume families don’t want to live downtown, we therefore don’t design for family, and, sure enough, families don’t come, or they don’t stay.

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Tag Archives: Urban Design

June 25, 2017
June 22, 2017
The L.A. River’s Design Charrette
Landscape Architecture Magazine

The big conundrum of the Los Angeles River—that it is so imposing yet so divorced from the city—shows in the visions for its future proposed in early June by seven architecture, engineering, and landscape architecture firms.

Banking on the Value of Green Design
Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce

Developers operating in a competitive marketplace see the appeal of sustainable design in attracting tenants.

June 21, 2017
The ‘Clubification’ of Urban Public Spaces?
Journal of Urban Design (abstract)

This paper reports on a case study on the forms of urban public spaces governance that are emerging in the UK out of a rearrangement of governance responsibilities between local government, communities and private interests.

New Urbanism and Toronto’s Development Pattern
Journal of Urban Design (abstract)

This paper includes a detailed comparison of the design features and urban form characteristics of 10 urban fringe neighborhoods in the Toronto region, and examines the extent to which a new suburban development pattern has been created under the influence of the New Urbanism movement.

Architecture Competitions in an Urban Planning Context
Journal of Urban Design (abstract)

This paper analyzes discussions and controversy surrounding the architecture competitions that have been part of a large-scale waterfront redevelopment plan called the Fjord City plan in Oslo, Norway.

June 20, 2017
Designing the City of Tomorrow Today
Scientific American

People clearly are equally captivated by the opportunities they find in cities. That is why more than half of humanity lives in these centers of enterprise and innovation, with that number rising quickly. Thus, how we shape our cities will profoundly affect our future.

June 18, 2017
Stretch of Indy’s Ohio Street Has Magnetic Allure
Indianapolis Business Journal

A half block on the south side of Ohio Street between Talbott and Delaware streets is one of my favorite places in downtown Indianapolis. But it is not part of a flashy new project.

Climate Change as a Design Problem
New York Times

Discussions of climate change begin in cities and towns where the rising ocean is an existential threat. But when he chose to embark on a series on the topic, Michael Kimmelman, the Times’s architecture critic, started instead with a long look at landlocked Mexico City.

June 15, 2017
Why Looking at Buildings Can Give People Headaches

Over tens of thousands of years, the human brain evolved to effectively process scenes from the natural world. But the urban jungle poses a greater challenge for the brain, because of the repetitive patterns it contains.

June 13, 2017
Monumental Architecture Folly
National Review

If you’re looking for a textbook example of the Washington swamp Donald Trump vowed to drain, the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Memorial, designed by celebrity architect Frank Gehry and soon to be erected in the capital’s monumental core, has plenty to offer:

June 12, 2017
UK Rail Station’s Tribute To Mathematician Got The Wrong Answer

Despite being built in his honor, Princeton professor John Conway said he hadn’t been asked about Cambridge North’s station design, and hadn’t seen the new building since it opened in 1970. After reviewing photographs of the building, he noticed something: “They’re wrong.”

June 11, 2017
Good Urbanism and Placemaking Have No Size Requirements
Economics of Place

Northville, WI, Madison, WI, and Chicago share two things in common- they accept who they are, and they do what they do very well. You won’t find many gimmicks in these towns. Instead they accentuate their positive aspects to create unique experience for people.

Uncertainty and Design Practice in Shanghai
Journal of Architecture & Urbanism (abstract)

Building on the Foucauldian notion of apparatus, this paper unpacks the condition of uncertainty in Shanghai’s experimental architecture design practice and examines the negotiations of power emerging among the diverse actors taking part in this process.

June 8, 2017


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