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Tag Archives: Urban Planning

June 22, 2017
June 21, 2017
How The Future Of Work Will Reshape Our Cities
The Urban Developer

The growth industries and professions of the future will shape our cities in very different ways to the industries and professions that shaped our cities in the past. There are profound implications for urban planning and property, if we’re ready for them.

Love and Representation in Planning
Lisa Schweitzer

Planning requires representations of place. You can’t talk or deliberate about a future of anything unless you have some handle on the thing as a thing; but we still need to remember that representations of place are still far removed from the place itself.

New Urbanism and Toronto’s Development Pattern
Journal of Urban Design (abstract)

This paper includes a detailed comparison of the design features and urban form characteristics of 10 urban fringe neighborhoods in the Toronto region, and examines the extent to which a new suburban development pattern has been created under the influence of the New Urbanism movement.

Architecture Competitions in an Urban Planning Context
Journal of Urban Design (abstract)

This paper analyzes discussions and controversy surrounding the architecture competitions that have been part of a large-scale waterfront redevelopment plan called the Fjord City plan in Oslo, Norway.

June 20, 2017
June 19, 2017
June 18, 2017
Stretch of Indy’s Ohio Street Has Magnetic Allure
Indianapolis Business Journal

A half block on the south side of Ohio Street between Talbott and Delaware streets is one of my favorite places in downtown Indianapolis. But it is not part of a flashy new project.

No Need to Expand Lexington’s Urban Boundary
Lexington Herald Leader

Lexington’s city planners have recommended that the Urban Services Boundary not be expanded for at least another five years, and that future growth be handled for now with more infill and redevelopment. They’re right.

June 15, 2017
Why Cities Should Employ Planners’ Intellectual Property

Cities pay large sums for experts to create models or refine existing ones, often with a great deal of input from the city authority. And yet cities ultimately retain the rights to use only a small proportion of the work for which they’ve paid.

June 12, 2017
How Planners Can Encourage ‘Vibrancy’, Safer Cities

Recent Wharton research looks at the role that urban planners have to play, analyzing high resolution data about cities, such as density or zoning, to help evaluate how efficient their built environment is in promoting “vibrancy,” and to potentially guide future development.

Perspectives on Post-2020 EU Spatial Policy
European Planning Studies (abstract)

This article analyses the implementation and main impacts of European Union Cohesion Policy and proposes a new strategic paradigm, built around a novel European Spatial Planning vision, backed by the main pillars and dimensions of territorial development and cohesion.

Capabilities in Knowledge-Based Regional Development
European Planning Studies (abstract)

In light of theoretical and empirical advancement, this paper introduces a capability framework to reveal the multi-layered and dynamic nature of capabilities in knowledge-based regional development.

Cultural Production in Peripheral Urban Spaces
European Planning Studies (abstract)

This paper has two main purposes: to investigate the nature of embeddedness of these practices and explore the ways of self-organization of cultural actors and their relationships with public policies.

June 11, 2017
Density-Fighters Pan Austin’s Zoning Overhaul
Next City

Knowing that the rollout of new draft zoning maps would send tempers flaring, Austin Mayor Steve Adler encouraged the public to “chill out” upon their April release. But so far the city’s CodeNext zoning overhaul process continues to provoke strong reactions from all sides.

Good Urbanism and Placemaking Have No Size Requirements
Economics of Place

Northville, WI, Madison, WI, and Chicago share two things in common- they accept who they are, and they do what they do very well. You won’t find many gimmicks in these towns. Instead they accentuate their positive aspects to create unique experience for people.

June 8, 2017
Q&A: Local Planning Legend on Urban Density in Houston
Houston Chronicle

Mary Lou Henry, an industry leader who in 2014 received the Texas Planning Legend award from the state chapter of the American Planning Association, has been a longtime board member of Scenic Houston. Henry met with the Chronicle to discuss Houston’s past, present and future.

Despite Unpopularity of Planned Cities, Columbia, MD Still Influential
Baltimore Sun

Though Columbia, MD, hailed as “the Next America” at its founding didn’t quite hold to James W. Rouse’s original vision, experts say it has hung together remarkably well. Even as urban design has evolved, Rouse’s work has paved the way for a new generation of planned cities.

June 7, 2017
June 6, 2017


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