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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

April 19, 2017
Representational Geographies of New Urbanism in the U.S.
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 18, 2017
Nordic Design For Public Spaces
Pop Up City

How are Scandinavians dealing with cold, dark winters in the design of their public spaces? Swedish architecture firm Utopia proposes a, partially indoor, public park in Stockholm that can be actively used all year round, not only in the mild summer months.

April 17, 2017
April 16, 2017
April 13, 2017
Putting The Public Back in Public Space

The design profession is growing more comfortable discussing issues like equity and social justice, but figuring out how to move from ideal to action can be difficult.

Remembering The Basics Of Good Urban Planning
Greater Greater Washington

GGWash used to run more posts about the basics of urbanism than we do today. A few years ago, we had a core group of writers that was still cutting its teeth in the planning world, and a byproduct of that was frequent content about simple things that make places better for people.

April 12, 2017
What Does Radical Urbanism Mean Today?
The Architects' Newspaper

What does it mean to be a radical architect or designer today? Never before have cities mattered as much to the future of humanity.

Feeling Safe, Comfortable in the Built Environment
Journal of Urbanism (abstract)

This paper reports on a pilot study that explores the link between Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design principles and people’s feelings of safety and comfort in an urban precinct of Adelaide, South Australia.

April 11, 2017
April 10, 2017
Why Design Buffs Must Visit Tokyo
The Telegraph

Tokyo’s rapid-fire post-war urban growth – and its tightly packed population (13.6 million at last count) – has resulted in the evolution of a city that excels at creating (and harmoniously coexisting in) the tiniest of spaces.

April 9, 2017
Writer, Urban Designer Shares How Place Impacts Story

Writer and urban designer Hannah Palmer paid a visit to Arnold Hall Wednesday evening to share her experiences in understanding the link between story and place in a talk titled, “Stories in the Landscape: The Intersection of Creative Writing and Urban Design.”

UT-Austin Team Wins 2017 ULI Hines Student Competition
Urban Land Institute

A redevelopment plan for a Chicago site presented by a team from UT-Austin has taken top honors in the 2017 ULI Hines Student Competition, a competition that provides grad students the chance to devise a comprehensive design and development scheme for a large-scale urban site.

April 6, 2017
April 5, 2017
April 4, 2017
April 3, 2017
Historic Preservation One of Many Hurdles in Atlanta BeltLine Project
Next City

“My big interest is to retain the distinct character of our community so we’re not looking like every other part of the BeltLine,” Atlantan historic preservationist Chad Carlson says. “People want historic preservation because it provides a sense of place.”

Mexico City Mayor Talks Planning, Climate Change
The Harvard Crimson

Several speakers, including mayor of Mexico City Miguel A. Mancera, addressed a packed crowd at the Graduate School of Design Friday night to discuss negative effects of urbanization and climate change on cities.

Innovation Districts and Urban Heterogeneity
Journal of Urban Design (abstract)

This paper critically reviews the concept of mixed-use and investigates the concept of 3D heterogeneity using a fine-grained geographical information system dataset to scrutinize spatial and economic characteristics of a commercial downtown ‘innovation district’ in global Sydney.

April 2, 2017
The Autonomobile and the City
Architectural Record

Just as earlier technological innovations, like streetcar lines, railways, and horseless carriages, had transformative effects on urban morphology and life, so the advent of the autonomous vehicle—autonomobiles—will transform our cities decisively.

March 30, 2017
The Big Business of Imagining the Future
The Verge

Design fiction is created by a loose confederation of agencies, artists, engineers, and designers who are shaping our expectations of technology and society in decades to come by showing us what that incipient world might look like, down to its cliche brand logos.


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