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Tag Archives: Urban Design

January 9, 2017
Ford Presents City of Tomorrow Plan

Ford wants consumers to think of it as both an automotive company and a mobility company. To that end, it used its press conference at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit to discuss its City of Tomorrow plan, among other news.

The Complete Guide to ‘Border Vacuums’

As Jane Jacobs preached, large-scale highways, parks, and big buildings can all divide communities, discouraging street life and sucking the life out of cities. Here’s how to spot (and fix) them.

Interview: Undoing Miami’s “Paved Paradise”
Huffington Post

An interview with Meg Daly, the visionary behind The Underline: a 10-mile long, nature-inspired cycle and pedestrian track that will run through the heart of Miami alongside US Route 1.

Photos: 7 Utopian Design Experiments

Throughout history, religious reformers and visionary starchitects alike have attempted to answer that question by establishing spiritual communes and crafting masterplans for cities of the future. Below, we highlight seven that didn’t quite pan out.

January 5, 2017
How Would You Design A City From Scratch?
The Guardian

The government’s plan for 14 garden villages across the country offers a fantastic opportunity to create ideal living spaces. But where do you start? Here, five writers set out their architectural, cultural, transport and political visions.

Should A City Host A Design Week?

With more than 100 design weeks around the world, design worshippers are hard-pressed to visit them all. Yet new cities are always being added. So why are so many municipalities trying to link their names with ‘Design’ and what can being a host bring to a city?

January 4, 2017
Illuminating Pathways with San Leandro Lights
Boom California

The growing smart cities movement, which aims to use data and tools including urban sensors to improve the provision of urban services, tends to track machines more than people. We aim to change that.

Is There A “Charleroi Effect”?
Art Media Agency

Since 1997, much has been written about the “Bilbao effect”. But is the creation of “mega-museums” still adapted to our society today? We probe this question by examining Charleroi, which has chosen to privilege depth in a project that combines urbanism and culture.

January 3, 2017
U.S. DOT Ladders of Opportunity: Design Ladders Summary Report
Transportation Research Board

The U.S. Department of Transportation has released a report that describes the outcomes of Every Place Counts, a pilot program that leveraged federal, state, and local resources for practices that enhance mobility and access while building opportunity and equity for local neighborhoods.

December 21, 2016
Taipei Hands Over World Design Capital Designation to Mexico City
Yahoo! Finance

The Convocation Ceremony, the last of the International Signature Events to take place as part of World Design Capital Taipei 2016, was held this evening. During the ceremony, Taipei officially handed over the designation of World Design Capital to its successor.

December 20, 2016
Fairy Tale Architecture: Flatland
Places Journal

The brother-sister duo of writer Kate Bernheimer and architect Andrew Bernheimer curate a series in which diverse architects explore the intimate relationship between the domestic structure of fairy tales and the imaginative realm of architecture.

Phoenix Urban Designer Recognized for Innovative Alley Plan
Downtown Phoenix Journal

Phoenix urban designer and landscape architect Tiffany Halperin proposed that all alleys in the city of Phoenix be repurposed as pedestrian and bicycle corridors, getting second place in the This is Phoenix 2016 design competition.

December 19, 2016
Street Tree Design For Livable Cities
Original Green

Street tree placement is pretty easy. But it’s shocking how often a city, a Department of Transportation, or a developer gets them wrong.

The New Suburbia: More Urban
New York Times

Some suburbs around New York City are becoming decidedly less suburban, as new apartment buildings and condominium communities close to mass transit help expand the downtowns of these villages and towns. Multifamily housing is also popping up near highways and main thoroughfares.

The Rise of the 18 Hour City
Indianapolis Business Journal

At this time of the year we often look back at the year just passed, but we also look to the future. Driverless cars, smart grids, building materials that scrub the air, deep-green infrastructure, and drones that deliver our dinner are fun to think about and will certainly bring changes to the form of our […]

The Beauty of Modern Courtyards
The Age

Courtyard homes existed as far back as 3,000 BC in India and China, in ancient Roman villas, and in traditional Mexican haciendas. Islamic architecture made extensive use of inner courtyards

December 15, 2016
The Urbanist Podcast: Jane Jacobs

In a special episode of ‘The Urbanist’, we look at the life and legacy of Jane Jacobs, one of the most influential urban thinkers and city activists of our time.

December 14, 2016
500 Hundred Years of Failed Utopias

USC Libraries considers what utopia means today, 500 years after Sir Thomas More coined the term for his idealized fictional island.


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