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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.

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Tag Archives: Urban Design

April 3, 2013
GSA Changes Could Help DC
Washington City Paper

“How many of you go to L’Enfant Plaza to dine or for entertainment?” the General Services Administration’s Genevieve Hanson asked a crowd of about 50 developers and interested members of the public last week.

April 2, 2013
April 1, 2013
March 31, 2013
Cincinnati’s Riverfront Master Plan Ready to Reach Vision
Global Site Plans

In the course of the last decade, American river cities have sustained continued interest from policy makers and urban planners who have worked to create targeted opportunities for significant long-term investment and economic development.

March 28, 2013
LaHood – Chicago Riverwalk a Done Deal
Chicago Streetsblog

At a waterside press conference this afternoon with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, outgoing U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood promised that the roughly $100 million federal loan that will bankroll the Chicago Riverwalk will definitely be finalized by June.

March 27, 2013
Parking Madness Contest, Cleveland vs Spokane
DC Streetsblog

Another day, another parking atrocity. Eight cities have already faced off in Parking Madness, where we attempt to find the worst parking crater in an American downtown.

Long Live the Urban Courtyard!

Courtyards aren’t just for the wealthy – or European. Why Seattle developers should hop on the courtyard train to make private, serene urban spaces a possibility for all.

March 25, 2013
March 21, 2013
Can We Design Future Proof Buildings
Urban Times

‘Hi-Tech’, by it’s nature, soon becomes out-of-date as technology moves with the times, so as an ‘architectural style’ it could only ever be a fad or short-term solution.

March 20, 2013
Height Isn’t Density
Vibrant Bay Area

Much noise has been made over the height of the Civic Center Station Area Plan (SAP), a development emblematic of density battles around the Bay. Quiet and Safe San Rafael (QSSR) has called it “very high density”, citing increases to the unit-per-acre arrangement as proof.

Bill to Limit Zoning and Design Controls in North Carolina
Plan Charlotte

The N.C. House is scheduled to vote this afternoon on a bill, “Zoning/Design & Aesthetic Controls,” (House Bill 150) that has enthusiastic support from the state’s home-building industry but that gravely concerns planners around the state, as well as some local elected officials.

March 18, 2013
Why Not Skyscrapers Out of Wood?
Atlantic Cities

After ruinous fires that laid waste to wide swaths of the urban landscape, cities more than a century ago were eager for technology to come to the rescue, with new building materials and methods.

March 4, 2013
True Urban Mixed Use
The Lexington Streetsweeper

I have not decided yet whether this emerging trend from the DC area is merely interesting or somewhat disturbing.

March 3, 2013
Annual List of Richmond’s Top 10 Innovators
R Home

Neighborhood gentrification is a mixed bag of opportunities and costs for many Richmond residents. Neighborhoods are beautified — but often at the expense of longtime residents who can’t keep up with the efforts of new neighbors.

March 1, 2013


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