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Tag Archives: Urban Design

February 2, 2017
Green ‘Ribbons’ Planned For Downtown L.A. Park

The urban design firm Brooks + Scarpa has unveiled their vision for Los Angeles’s future FAB Civic Center Park, which includes a two-acre tree-filled expanse and an events center covered with undulating strips of green turf.

February 1, 2017
The Urban Home as Fortress
The American Conservative

Brattle Street in Cambridge, Mass. runs west from Harvard Square towards Watertown. It’s known for containing sterling examples of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century architecture. Or it would be if they could be seen.

Simple Urbanism Is So Elusive

At first blush, the new Harriet’s Inn at 40th Street and Lyndale Avenue in south Minneapolis is a nice addition to the city and its urban fabric. But is it actually an urbanist’s dream? Far from it.

January 31, 2017
January 29, 2017
The Generic and the Specific in Urban Design
Journal of Urban Design

Why isn’t design in the professional world like it was in the architectural studio at university? That question has more implications than it seems.

January 26, 2017
Is ‘Design Thinking’ Really Revolutionary
Jared M. Spool

When the term Design Thinking first emerged on the scene, I found it completely puzzling. People were treating it as if it was a revolutionary new methodology to produce better products and services. How was it different than anything that came before?

Building to the Sky, With a Plan for Rising Waters
New York Times

New York developers want tenants in the towers’ 760 apartments to be able to live in their apartments for at least a week, no matter how high floodwaters may reach nor how long the power is out.

January 25, 2017
Baby Boomers Are Changing Retirement Community Design
McKnight's Senior Living

As changing consumer preferences and payment models lead some operators of senior living communities to reduce the number of skilled nursing beds in their offerings, they are looking for ways to build new communities to cater to a different type of resident.

Transit-Oriented Street Design in Beijing
Journal of Urban Design (abstract)

Using Beijing as a case study, this paper seeks to contribute to academic and professional debates about how general Transit-Oriented design principles can be translated into the Chinese context.

January 24, 2017
January 23, 2017
January 22, 2017
Improving the Design of Urban Loading Zones
Journal of Transport Geography (abstract)

Despite the ubiquity of loading zones in most commercially dense streets of medium and large cities, there exists no generally acknowledged procedure to establish their number, location and management system.

January 19, 2017
9 Global Lessons To Create The Perfect City
Fast Company Coexist

From eliminating cars to massive home building projects to designing for all citizens, cities around the world are experimenting with new urban innovations. Here are some of the best that should be widely adopted.

January 18, 2017
Design Competition Changed How U.S. Responds to Disasters
The Guardian

Nate Berg tells the story of Rebuild By Design, a competition – and now its own organisation – based on taking a more proactive approach to disaster response in cities; but how far can you prepare for the effects of climate change?

January 17, 2017
How to Design a Good Urban Grocery Store
Joe Urban

With a grocery store proposed as part of a mixed-use development at 46th and Hiawatha, it is time to review good urban standards for grocery store design.

The 6 Utopian City Designs That Will Make You Rethink The Future

In celebrating the 500th birthday of “Utopia”, the Ecotopia 2121 project, of which I am the coordinator, is harnessing More’s spirit to predict the futures of 100 real cities around the world — if they somehow managed to become super eco-friendly.

January 16, 2017
Developers Are Redesigning Miami, 9 Acres at a Time
Miami Herald

For decades, these three large city blocks in a prime location — straddling Miami Avenue and butting up against the Miami River and the Brickell financial district — lay inexplicably vacant. Now, in the seeming twinkling of an eye, they have been utterly transformed.

Modern Urban Design is Literally Killing Us
CTV News

Urban design wiped out sanitation-borne diseases such as cholera in the 19th century, now city planners have to tackle the lack of activity and obesity that are crippling Canada’s healthcare system, say two urban planning experts.

Neighborhood Design, Physical Activity, and Wellbeing
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (abstract)

In this research, we examine four types of neighborhood designs: traditional development, suburban development, enclosed community, and cluster housing development, and assess their level of walkability and their effects on physical activity and wellbeing.

January 12, 2017
NYC Releases Design Guidelines for Public Housing
Next City

In the eight decades since the first of New York City’s public housing was built, the city has changed dramatically. The New York City Housing Authority, on the other hand, has stayed largely the same.

January 10, 2017
Within and Without Architecture
Places Journal

The imaginative possibilities of miniature things lie not in their being shrunken versions of a larger thing. The world of the miniature opens to reveal a secret life.


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