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It’s not that everything is going to be gentrified because of transit — that’s not what we’re arguing. But in Los Angeles, you have the highest possibility of gentrification near stations than in other areas.

Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, UCLA Magazine Online

Tag Archives: Urban Design

March 21, 2017
When Design Hates You
Boston Globe

If you’ve suffered because a product didn’t accommodate your size, strength, or needs, then you’ve been a victim of design bias.

How Neuroscience Makes Design Smarter

We have used economics, creativity, and technology to shape the built environment—and now it’s time for science to become the final piece in this puzzle.

March 19, 2017
Who Builds Your Architecture? A Critical Field Guide

Who Builds Your Architecture? (WBYA?) asks architects and allied fields to better understand how the production of buildings connects their design and consulting practices to the workers who ultimately build them.

How Urban Design Can Help With Mental Health

The world’s cities aren’t very mentally healthy. While many of the more physical aspects of health have been addressed using urban design, most cities have not taken the same intentional approach with their citizens’ mental health.

March 15, 2017
Beijing Becoming World Class Design City
The Independent

It may be 3000 years old, but the Chinese capital is a thoroughly modern megalopolis. Beijing’s art and design scene is going from strength to strength.

D.C.’s Historic Canal Park To Undergo Transformation

James Corner Field Operations, the urban design and landscape architecture firm behind the High Line in New York City, has been selected by Georgetown Heritage to complete a similar transformation of a historic canal in the Washington D.C. neighborhood of Georgetown.

The Secret Art Language of NYC Playgrounds
New York Times

Growing up on the Upper West Side in the 1970s, the artist Julia Jacquette saw plenty of the urban decay for which that era is known. This has affected her career, in which she sought to rebuild and redesign the city’s parks to be more children-friendly.

March 14, 2017
Grand Rapids’ Skywalks Cover Nearly a Mile

Nearly every day, dozens of downtown Grand Rapids workers use the skywalks that stretch nine-tenths of a mile through the hotels and office buildings between DeVos Place Convention Center and Van Andel Arena.

March 13, 2017
In The Digital Age, Paris Revamps Newsstands

A new-look newspaper kiosk appeared on a Paris street Monday, the first of hundreds that will replace the iconic domed structures that have dotted the city since the 1860s.

March 12, 2017
Street Layout & Pedestrian Activity in Japan
Health & Place (abstract)

We examined whether street layout —a key urban design element— is associated with walking and sedentary behaviors in the context of a non-Western country; and, whether such associations differ between an urban and a rural area.

March 9, 2017
Living Off The Edge in Contested Public Spaces
The Conversation

There are few more telling signs of conflict in urban spaces than calls to send in the police. Geelong’s Little Malop Street Mall has been the subject of many such calls, as regular incidents keep the space in the media spotlight.

March 8, 2017
March 7, 2017
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.

Urban Design In An Age Of Recessions
Journal of Urban Design (abstract)

American cities are deeply imbedded in an unforgiving system of forces, relationships and patterns that frustrate urban designers and architects across the country.

March 6, 2017
Designing New Platforms for the U.S.’s Marginalized Communities
The Architect's Newspaper

The Architectural League’s Emerging Voices series spotlight individuals and firms with distinct design “voices” that can influence the discipline of architecture and urban design. We examine Leong Leong, a new firm that focuses on rebuilding marginalized communities.

March 5, 2017
City Architect Could Bring Harmony to Glasgow Planning

It was once a prestigious civic appointment common in all major cities across the UK. But the role of city architect largely fell from favour in the post-war era as the number of private developments steadily outpaced grand public works.

March 1, 2017
How Caracas Has Adapted To Everyday Violence
The Guardian

Tall walls, barred windows and armed security are increasingly common in the Venezuelan capital, where more and more Caraqueños avoid going out at night – travelling in convoy if they must leave home after dark.

Can “City of Design” Title Help All Detroiters?
Next City

Detroit nabbed the only City of Design designation in 2015, a nod to the Ford Motors home city and its $2.5B creative economy. Now, economic developers are partnering with creative leaders to spread Detroit’s design resources to entrepreneurs in impoverished neighborhoods.


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