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Tag Archives: Urbanism

June 19, 2017
Finding Opportunity in Leftover Urban Spaces
The Dirt

In Local Code, Nicholas de Monchaux pushes us to assign new value to forgotten pieces of our urban fabric – the dead-end alley, the vacant corner lot; infrastructure’s leftovers.

June 18, 2017
The City That Made Me an Urbanist

A few years ago, like many other young Americans, I ventured to Europe for a study abroad experience. In my case, I spent half a year in the city of York, England. What I saw in York thrilled me: a city that was actually a place for people rather than cars. What an idea!

June 11, 2017
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.

The Asianization of Future Cities in Filmdom
Journal of Architecture & Urbanism (abstract)

The clichéd 1930–1950 Western cinematic images of Shanghai as a fascinating den of iniquity, and, in contrast, as a beacon of modernity, were merged in Fritz Lang’s Metropolis.

June 8, 2017
Frank Lloyd Wright, Urban Visionary

For all his criticisms, America’s most celebrated architect wasn’t intrinsically opposed to cities. Instead, he urged us to examine what they had become and recognize that none of their failures were inevitable.

Clearing The Air On Urban Las Vegas
New Geography

Here’s a Corner Side Yard take on the Sin City — part urbanist, part sociologist, part economist, all observational — that details my thoughts on a truly unique place.

June 7, 2017
The Death and Life of Times Square
The New York Review of Books

In an era of drastically reduced civic expectations, Snøhetta’s brilliant reconfiguration of Times Square is an exemplar of how much can be achieved in city planning without the gigantic financial outlays and dire social displacements typical of postwar America.

Global Cities in the New Age of Populism
The Hill

Over the past year, leading cities — particularly in Europe and the United States — have had to confront an unexpected new reality: the rise of populist and nationalist movements that often find disdain with the basic values of urbanism itself.

June 6, 2017
George Tucker, America’s First Urbanist

George Tucker was a 19th century public intellectual who appreciated cities as engines of progress and offered some of the clearest early statements on their behalf. His ideas today still sound impressively modern.

June 4, 2017
How to Design a Vertical City for Kids
Tree Hugger

In many successful North American cities the cost of housing is going up and the suburban house with a yard is an unaffordable dream. Others want to live close to work, close to amenities and transit.

May 24, 2017
How One Harlem Store Changes Over Four Decades
Smithsonian Magazine

When it first caught the notice of Chilean-born photographer Camilo José Vergara in 1978, it was one of the last vestiges of old Harlem—the Purple Manor Jazz Club, with distinctive wavy window panes and painted accordingly.

May 23, 2017
Cyclists Use Cardboard Cutouts to Demand Safety
Boston Globe

Under cover of darkness, several cyclists late Sunday night placed eight large cartoon cutouts displaying advice about bicycle safety along portions of Massachusetts Avenue, sending a punchy visual message to drivers and city officials that more needs to be done to make roads safer for those on two wheels.

May 22, 2017
The Place Maker
Sactown Magazine

If you felt the pulse of the city quickening the last time you spent an evening out dining, shopping or gallery hopping in midtown, Oak Park or the R Street Corridor, Ron Vrilakas likely had a hand in that.

May 21, 2017
Branding Agency Goes All in on Urbanism
Philadelphia Magazine

At Media founder Antoinette Marie Johnson has long had a passion for cities and city living. That passion has been reflected both in the clients the branding agency has worked with since its founding in 2009 and in the workspace it occupies in the Bailey Building in Midtown Village.

May 18, 2017
The Front Yard of Row Houses
Urban Omnibus

Deep setbacks and some separation from the street are particularly conducive to making the front yard a social space, like in this block of early 20th century row houses in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.

11 Car Free Cities Around the World

Some of the world’s most popular cities are facing a manmade crisis: cars are wreaking havoc, snarling streets, and contributing to increased air pollution.

More Outdoor Spaces Than Ever
Architecture Now

Interiors are increasingly influencing outdoor public spaces in unexpected ways, according to Joanna Merwood-Salisbury and Vanessa Coxhead.

May 15, 2017
An Attack on Market Urbanism
Market Urbanism

The far-left “TruthOut” web page recently published an attack on YIMBYs,* describing them as an “Alt-Right” group (despite the fact that the Obama Administration is pro-YIMBY).

Hamburg’s New Concert Hall
Washington Post

The Elbphilharmonie, a concert hall in Hamburg encased in glass and set upon a giant brick warehouse, is surrounded on three sides by the waters of the city’s bustling harbor.

May 10, 2017
May 7, 2017
How Las Vegas Plays With Our Imaginations
Los Angeles Times

“Alien territory,” my father called it when I told him I’d be spending the winter and spring here. But in Las Vegas, as in Los Angeles, that phrase does not apply.

April 30, 2017
The Promise and Pitfalls of Public Art
Inside Philanthropy

Why are foundations drawn to public art? Which foundations are particularly active in this space? And what could possibly go wrong?


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