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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

May 7, 2017
Artists Call Attention To St. Louis’s Demolitions
St. Louis Public Radio

It may seem counterintuitive for two architects-turned-artists to have crafted an artistic exploration of urban landscape around the idea of tearing down buildings, but that’s exactly what Andres Luis Hernandez and Amanda Williams want you to concentrate on.

The Complicated Architecture of Albert Speer, Jr.
New Yorker

Controversy surrounding Albert Speer, Jr.,’s designs for the 2022 World Cup, in Qatar, has invited the one thing he has worked his entire career to avoid: comparisons to his father, who was Hitler’s favorite architect.

May 4, 2017
How Disneyland’s Main Street, USA, Changed American Cities
KCET, via: Anaheim

Walt Disney didn’t set out to revolutionize urban design when he created Disneyland – that’s what his Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, or EPCOT, was for. But it was Disneyland and its Main Street, USA, that ultimately changed the way we think about the built environment.

Q&A: The Importance of Designing Resilient Landscapes
Architecture & Design

We interviewed landscape architect Claire Martin, who will chair a discussion with the Netherlands’ Sylvia Karres and Turkey’s Alexia Sanal on urban public projects and resilience, and how these concepts must necessarily respond to many forces in the contemporary city.

May 3, 2017
How the High Line Changed NYC
The Village Voice

Is the High Line a hyper-elite vestige of ‘growth-machine’ politics and hyper-gentrifying creative city boosterism, or is it a truly public space on par with Central Park?

Design Competition Explored How Tampa Can Undo Its Postwar Planning
The Architects' Newspaper

The competition brief asked, how might the re-calibrating of infrastructure serve as an opportunity to re-choreograph the flows and the movements of people and habitat to and from its natural lifeline running through the city, and how might it bring the River into the city?

May 2, 2017
Urban Planner Designs Cities For A Future Without Constraints

In Tomás Saraceno’s vision, these civilizations won’t be limited by standard constraints such as asphalt, citizenship, or even gravity. Saraceno is designing for the Aerocene era, a speculative future in which human habitats float like clouds and cluster in all three dimensions.

May 1, 2017
April 30, 2017
The Handmaid’s Tale Gets Architectural Tribute
Fast Company Design

The new Hulu adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s searing 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale has been accompanied by a rather unorthodox, viral marketing campaign–the latest component of which is a Pentagram-designed art installation on New York City’s High Line.

Creating The ‘Slow City’
The Conversation

In the 1960s, progressive urban planners and designers like Jane Jacobs and William H. Whyte argued that catering for slow pedestrians rather than fast cars results in better city design. How can we build on their ideas to create not only better design, but better cities as a whole?

April 26, 2017
Architecture in the Basement
Urban Omnibus

For the last 36 years, Janet Parks, curator of the Avery Archives, has been mayor of New York’s architecture community, located in the lower level of Columbia University’s Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library.

Designer Michael Ford’s ‘Hip Hop Architecture’
Cleveland Plain-Dealer

Michael Ford had a life-changing moment when he went on a school trip from Cass Tech in Detroit to the architecture school at University of Detroit Mercy. It was there that Ford met Professor Dan Pitera, a self-described “political and social activist masquerading as an architect.”

Rethinking Urban Schools in the 21st Century
Urban Policy & Research (abstract)

During the twentieth century, the shaping of a “community within a community” that informed liberal educational thought materialised in campus-style schools that were exempt from planning laws, contributed to sprawl, and duplicated facilities provided by local authorities.

April 25, 2017
Has Seattle Finally Figured Out Redevelopment?

Over the last few years, virtually every neighborhood in Seattle has seemingly been inundated with large development projects. What has the city learned during its redevelopment process?

Exploring Placemaking in Amsterdam
Project for Public Spaces

As PPS prepares for Placemaking Week 2017 in Amsterdam, we’re more inspired each day by this city’s unique mix of history and cultural innovation, and with the seemingly countless number of place-focused initiatives that are taking place throughout the region.

The Representational Geographies of New Urbanism
Journal of Urbanism (abstract)

This paper seeks to contribute to our geographical understanding of New Urbanism as an important reform movement by exploring its representational rather than physical experience within the United States.

April 20, 2017
Learning From Jane Jacobs, Who Saw Today’s City Yesterday
New York Times

Although Jacobs was wrong about many things — most significantly in her refusal to imagine race as something that can shake things up in urban life — she was prescient as well, even in her later years, in books that virtually no one reads today.

April 19, 2017


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