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In Mexico we occupy streets in a very particular manner—it may seem chaotic, but it is actually very complex and organized.

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Tag Archives: Urbanism

December 14, 2016
Project for Lean Urbanism Announces Four Pilots
Hank Dittmar

Four cities have been chosen to test a new approach to neighborhood revitalization. The community-driven method, called Lean Urbanism, enables citizens to more easily shape their communities.

Building on Black Urbanism in Our New World
The Black Urbanist

With the new political environment that we are facing, what’s next for black urbanism? I’d like to take a stab at naming a few things that need to happen.

December 12, 2016
Design Guide Helps Planners Hack Tactical Urbanism
Next City

terature on and toolkits for tactical urbanism have proliferated over the past decade, but the Street Plans Collaborative — authors of the popular book Tactical Urbanism: Short-term Action for Long-term Change — felt there was still a need for nittier, grittier guidance.

November 28, 2016
Brownstones and the Invention of Gentrification
City Notes

I just picked up The Invention of Brownstone Brooklyn, an American urban history classic. It explores how and why Brooklyn transitioned from a prime candidate for slum clearance to the treasured capital of the country’s “new middle class”. Here are some notes.

Examining a Sinking City
New York Times

For centuries, Venice has a been a gorgeous shell — the colorful, fragile remains of its former imperial past. It is a stop on an itinerary, not a final destination. “There is no use pretending that the tourist Venice is not the real Venice,” Mary McCarthy wrote in “Venice Observed,” published in 1956.

November 27, 2016
The Texas Way of Urbanism
Aaron Renn

Texas cities are places many urbanists love to hate. I worked in Houston several years ago and it wasn’t my personal cup of tea. I much prefer living in a higher density, traditional urban pattern.

November 15, 2016
November 14, 2016
Squeezing the Balloon in Missoula
Granola Shotgun

I spent a week exploring Missoula which is geographically between those two towns. Missoula is the kind of small rural college town that appeals to me, having the advantage of a compact walkable downtown while providing a generous supply of nearby single family homes.

Video: Florida and Kotkin in Conversation
Aaron Renn

Richard Florida and Joel Kotkin recently had a major joint appearance in Kansas City, one with a great deal of agreement on many topics. The event was taped and is definitely worth a watch. If the video doesn’t display for you, click over to watch on You Tube.

November 10, 2016
Y-Combinator’s Techno-Suprematism and the Trump Era

Fred Scharmen—designer and assistant professor at Morgan State University’s School of Architecture and Planning—joins us to discuss the potentials and pitfalls of a technocratic urbanism, and whether the former king of cat memes can really offer anything to cities.

November 7, 2016
Density Is at the Center of San Diego Climate Fight
Next City

San Diego environmentalists and urbanists are sounding the alarm. They say if the city doesn’t take steps to increase density in its inner-core neighborhoods it won’t be on track to accomplish its climate goals.

November 3, 2016
November 2, 2016
Designing the Urban DMA

Great cities and neighbourhoods always have a particular kind of urban intensity – what we might call the “character”, “buzz” or “atmosphere” that emerges over time. One way to understand these properties is to think about a city’s “urban DMA” – its density, mix and access.

November 1, 2016
Small Blocks and Minneapolis’ 38th Street Station
Joe Urban

In Chapter 9 of “The Death and Life of Great American Cities”, Jane Jacobs notes, “Most blocks must be short; that is, streets and opportunities to turn corners must be frequent.” This notion has been used for a new street at the Lander Group’s 38th Street Station plan.

The Age of Aquarius: An Urbanist Battle in Brazil
The American Conservative

Aquarius, the new film from Brazilian critic-turned-director Kleber Mendonça Filho, sells the battle for redevelopment of an apartment complex in Recife, Brazil as nothing less than a battle for the soul of a nation.

October 31, 2016
PORT Urbanism Wants to Redesign Your City
The Architects Newspaper

PORT Urbanism is positioning itself to fill a very particular niche in the world of city making. The office is neither a landscape firm nor an architecture firm alone: It approaches projects with a vision that ranges from grand scheme master plans down to design at a human scale.

October 30, 2016
Our Precious Urban Lives
New York Times

At some point in the last 20 years, Jane Jacobs’ dream died and became something else. Those urban villages, once diverse melting pots, became shiny, wealthy and inward-looking. This is how it is playing out here in Sydney.

October 25, 2016
The Color of Cities
Deutsche Welle

A German researcher journeyed from Norway to Greece, visiting 22 cities to find out if there’s such a thing as a “color character” of a city – and if so, how does it affect us?

October 23, 2016
October 18, 2016
October 17, 2016
MONU #25 Looks at Independent Urbanism

This new issue of our magazine deals with various phenomena impacting cities of countries that became newly independent which we call “Independent Urbanism”.

October 16, 2016


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