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Tag Archives: Urban Planning

March 8, 2017
March 7, 2017
March 6, 2017
March 5, 2017
L.A. Battles Between High-Rises And Bungalows
Los Angeles Times

To better understand the battle for the future of Los Angeles, start with a long walk down a dim tunnel beneath the Hall of Administration. In a storage room under Grand Park where the county assessor keeps its map books, the clamor over Measure S seems far away.

City Architect Could Bring Harmony to Glasgow Planning

It was once a prestigious civic appointment common in all major cities across the UK. But the role of city architect largely fell from favour in the post-war era as the number of private developments steadily outpaced grand public works.

March 2, 2017
Use Your Camera Like a City Planning Tool
Next City

In his new book, “Seeing the Better City: How to Explore, Observe, and Improve Urban Space,” author, photographer and land use lawyer Chuck Wolfe argues that we might have more nuanced reactions to urban change if we’d all just slow down and take a closer look.

Reimagining Planning as ‘Market Maker’
Planning Theory & Practice (abstract)

In this paper we hope to show that the analyses that support planning as development hinderance are incomplete because of the theoretical limitations of the neoclassical tradition from which they emerge.

Shaping An Urban Amazonia
Planning Perspectives (abstract)

This paper discusses the massive colonization plan and settlement scheme implemented in the early 1970s by the Brazilian government as part of the development of the Amazonian territory, and accounts for some of the reasons for its failure.

March 1, 2017
Study Sparks Debate Over Density, Driving Relationship
American Planning Association

After using meta-aggression analysis, Mark R. Stevens of the University of British Columbia, concludes that planners should not rely on compact development as their only strategy for reducing driving, as it doesn’t have much of an impact. He ignited quite a debate.

February 28, 2017
February 27, 2017
February 26, 2017
Jan Gehl Gave Us Great Cities, But What’s Next?
Financial Review

Jan Gehl collaborated with others the world over – with differing levels of success – to give postwar modernist cities with wide streets and flat parking lots a human touch. But what’s next in his vision of the urban future?

February 23, 2017
Austin Council Still Puzzled About CodeNEXT
Austin Monitor

Most City Council members still don’t know what to make of the first draft of CodeNEXT, the long-anticipated overhaul of the city’s zoning code that was first unveiled late last month.

Systemic Approach of Urban Resilience
International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development (abstract)

Understanding the universality of complex systems order, which characterizes living systems, and which modernist city planning has violated, would allow planning more resilient cities.

February 22, 2017
February 21, 2017
Planning Factions: CEDers, Suburbanists and YIMBYs

Every profession has its factions. Someone can make it to the top of their profession by sticking strictly to one aspect of it, while another can reach an equally high position by adhering to a completely different aspect. Urbanism is no different.

Built Environment Policies to Reduce VMT
State Smart Transportation Initiative

As part of a larger 2015 project for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, SSTI investigated the influence of six built environment variables on passenger vehicle miles traveled.

February 20, 2017
Using Urban Diaries in Times of City Change
Huffington Post

Almost 50 years ago, the Parisian flâneur tradition of “looking around” cities became a central aspect of academic inquiry about, and activist response to, urban change. How can urban diaries influence effective city planning and development outcomes?

February 16, 2017
A Great Idea: Tactical Urbanism

The latest trend in urban design and planning gets them off of the paper and out of a big room, testing ideas in the real world. It is fun and hands-on, and making many converts.


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