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Tag Archives: Urban Planning

May 3, 2017
How Robert Moses Shaped Portland, Too
The Oregonian

Moses’ vision for Portland was more or less the same one he had for New York: an industrial metropolis developed around massive highways, with residents thrown into shadow underneath the throughways or, better yet, pushed out to the city’s periphery.

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?

Interview: Charlotte’s Big Zoning Code Overhaul

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department has begun a large public initiative to produce a new zoning ordinance – the first big rewrite since a contentious one in the 1980s-1990s. Mary Newsom met with interim Planning Director Ed McKinney to hear how the process is going.

May 2, 2017
Miami Partners With Real Estate Tech Startup To Modernize Zoning
Miami Herald

Gridics, founded by three University of Miami graduate students with backgrounds in urban planning, architecture, real estate tech and engineering, announced last month that it has raised $1.1 million in seed funding. And it just gained a substantial partner.

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
How Migration Is Enhancing Europe’s Cities
Urban Land Institute

Calling it a “migrant crisis” is perhaps a misnomer. Problems concerning available urban living space predated the current migration patterns, according to the study authors. But how has the mass migration impacted European cities?

April 30, 2017
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 27, 2017
The Next Era in Zoning Codes
Columbia Business Times

In 1931, the academic journal Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science published an article called “History of Zoning.” It was an ironic title; the instituted practice of zoning was barely a decade old.

Dynamically Planned: Make Only Big Plans, the Sequel
Living Cities

In his latest writing on the Equipt to Innovate framework, Steven Bosacker takes inspiration from architect Daniel Burnham, plus the work of cities like New Orleans and Louisville, to discuss how urban areas can tackle their biggest issues by making appropriately big plans.

April 25, 2017
Four Steps Towards An Inclusive Houston
The Urban Edge

There’s no question that the Houston housing market – especially the suburban housing market – provides opportunity for people with good blue-collar and white-collar jobs. But the big picture masks growing inequality and disparity that is at least as bad than the national average.

Improving Planning By Gender Analysis
Regional Studies (abstract)

This paper proposes a way to assess the gender situation at the local level and, thus, to help enhance gender equality.

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.

Gender, Class, Race, and Space in Rotterdam’s Future
Cities (abstract)

Rotterdam policy makers, entrepreneurs, economists and politicians have been departing from its industrial, masculine and working class heritage and investing in what is commonly referred to as a post-industrial economy: one of consumption and services.

April 19, 2017
April 18, 2017
PPS, Brookings’ Strategy for Oklahoma City Innovation District
Project for Public Spaces

Today, a new report outlining a growth strategy for Oklahoma City’s emerging innovation district, an area encompassing the Oklahoma Health Center and Automobile Alley, was released by a joint initiative with the Brookings Institution and Project for Public Spaces.

April 17, 2017
April 16, 2017


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