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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 8, 2017
June 6, 2017
Nostalgia Can’t Stop A Smarter L.A.
Los Angeles Times

Despite the nostalgia for L.A.’s sprawling past, we were right to vote down Measure S, just as we are right to build up the Metro, and to try to coax Angelenos out of their cars.

Philly’s University City District Bucks Hostile Design Trends

One of the tasks University City District has set for itself, and pursued with great skill, is “creative placemaking”. It installs street furniture and pop-up parklets that are meant to maximize public space, transforming underused corners of the city into attractions.

June 5, 2017
Design Lessons From A Century Of Sci-Fi
Fast Company Design

The curator for a new sci-fi exhibit at the Barbican explains how the genre has shaped design, from branding to architecture, over more than a century.

June 4, 2017
Three US Mayors Discuss Urban Design Legacy
Urban Land Institute

When Glenda Hood was elected mayor of Orlando, she joined the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, an organization spearheaded by Joe Riley, then-mayor of Charleston, South Carolina.

June 1, 2017
Bulgaria Artist Adding Googly Eyes To Rusty Street Objects

Post-socialist cities like Sofia in Bulgaria, aren’t known for their architectural diversity. They tend to be a bit monotonous. And rusty. Very rusty. But when you add googly eyes (aka eyebombing) to cities rumbling ruins gain a certain charm.

May 31, 2017
Can Urban Design Help End Street Harassment?
Strong Towns

I’ve challenged myself to brainstorm a few ways that changing our built environment might help us end street harassment, and make our cities and towns stronger along the way.

May 30, 2017
Is New Urbanism A Religion?
Straight Outta Suburbia

The idea that new urbanists are sanctimonious is both a charge of hypocrisy and a kind of metaphorical implication that new urbanism is like a religion that people just passively accept without any kind of evidence. But does this allegation hold water?

Man Aims To Design Flags For Every Neighborhood in Denver
7News Denver

Denver has dozens of neighborhoods, each with its own story rich in historical, cultural and architectural detail. That’s the inspiration behind an art project from a Denver man who has set out to design a flag for each of the city’s 78 official neighborhoods.

May 29, 2017
Curating Omaha’s Architectural Environment
The Reader

Who or what in Omaha is curating the way the city looks and functions? In contemplating this seemingly simple, albeit broad query, this writer asked several professionals their point-of-view on city curation.

Could This Futuristic Factory Solve Urban Pollution?
The Urban Developer

This vertical factory designed by architecture graduates Tianshi Liu and Linshen Xie of the U.S. was inspired by the rapidly-growing city of Manila, where urbanisation is spawning new industries and even more pollution.

May 25, 2017
The Weird Visions of Vancouver That Never Came To Be
Scout Magazine

Over the years architects, planners and developers have yearned to leave a lasting mark on Vancouver. Take a look at several city-altering designs from decades past that never quite made it — I like to refer to them as the good, the bad and the beguiling.

Interview: Architect Jeanne Gang on Design and Community-Building

Jeanne Gang is a rare bird among architects. Her 20-year old Chicago-based firm, Studio Gang, has cut a bold path, creating a broad portfolio of work that isn’t unified by form or typology as much as by deep research that explores social and environmental aspects of design.


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