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Tag Archives: Urban Planning

January 12, 2017
Codes of Conduct
Urban Omnibus

Just a few months ago, New York City’s zoning code celebrated its 100th birthday. With the passage of time, zoning — the set of laws that determine what can be built where — has become both mythologized and mystifying.

SWA’s Plan to Integrate An Informal Market With Houston
The Architects' Newspaper

Houston suburb Airline is (unsurprisingly) a 20-minute drive from George Bush Intercontinental Airport and just short of that from Houston’s city center, but is plagued with poor infrastructure. How is planning firm SWA planning to develop the area?

January 11, 2017
Why Planners Want Uber’s Urban Knowledge
Washington Post

In advance of Uber Movement’s release, open-data advocates worried it would continue a trend: that Uber is the sole custodian of its data, and if cities want to understand its impact, they’re left to sort through piecemeal information the company releases — on its terms.

January 10, 2017
Mapping Urban Underground Potential
Phys.org

An EPFL researcher has taken a methodology designed to improve underground urban planning around the world one step further. The study, which combines geology and economics, encourages a more rational approach to underground development while safeguarding natural resources.

January 9, 2017
Ford Presents City of Tomorrow Plan
HybridCars

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’
CityLab

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.

Photos: 7 Utopian Design Experiments
Artsy

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.

What Planning Jargon Do You Want to See Disappear?
Next City

It’s a new year and a new opportunity to think about how to be a better you. Maybe that means less sugar or more reading or more time away from your phone. Or maybe it means rethinking the words we use when talking about cities.

January 8, 2017
How Should Urban Planners Respond to Airbnb?
Journal of the American Planning Association (abstract)

We ask whether Airbnb rentals generate significant neighborhood impacts like noise, congestion, and competition for parking; reduce the permanent rental housing supply and increase rental prices; or provide income opportunities that help “hosts” afford their own housing.

January 5, 2017
Should A City Host A Design Week?
Monocle

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?

The Transect and the Future of the Suburb
Granola Shotgun

Stilettos are exactly the right footwear for a wedding held in a grand ballroom downtown. Rubber boots are the better option when slopping pigs on a farm. But stilettos in the mud or rubber boots at the wedding? It wouldn’t end well in either situation.

January 4, 2017
What Happens When A City Runs Out of Cemetery Space?
The Conversation

Annual numbers of deaths are predicted to double between 2011 and 2051. Despite a shift towards cremations over the last century, our cities’ diverse religious and cultural communities will always require space for burial. So where will we bury? And how will we bury?

New York City’s Planning Chief to Step Down
New York Times

New York City’s top planning official plans to step down at the end of the month after starting one last big project: a plan that would pave the way for a new generation of skyscrapers and public improvements in the blocks around Grand Central Terminal.

January 3, 2017
January 2, 2017
Norfolk’s Vision 2100 Report Offers Guidance for City’s Future
Inside Business: The Hampton Roads Business Journal

To survive and thrive in the 22nd century, Norfolk needs investments in its economic and neighborhood fabric, along with a strategic and specific action plan to respond to how rising water will change the city. Those guidelines are in the city’s new Vision 2100.

Neighborhood Participation and Political Conflict
International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (abstract)

Building on three years of participant observation and 30 life-history interviews with activists in the Los Angeles community of Venice, this article introduces an ecological perspective to examine neighborhood participation and the reproduction of political conflict.

December 21, 2016
Infrastructure Planning: in a State of Panic?
Urban Policy and Research (abstract)

Drawing from the state of exception literature, I call on the notion of urgency to explore infrastructure planning as it manifests at the juncture between strategic planning and implementation.

December 20, 2016
December 19, 2016
Interview: Race, Displacement, and City Planning
Gothamist

This week, Gothamist sat down with Hunter College urban planning professor Tom Angotti, professor of urban affairs and planning at Hunter College and an editor of Zoned Out!, a new book on the impact of government planning and housing policies on communities of color.

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