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Tag Archives: Urbanism

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
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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
Ten Small Cities Near D.C. With Awesome Urbanism
Greater Greater Washington

Central cities are booming all over the US as Americans rediscover the benefits of walkable urbanism. But the boom isn’t confined to only big cities. Smaller cities are also enjoying a renaissance of their own.

October 13, 2016
William H Whyte’s Original Plan for Bryant Park

William H. “Holly” Whyte, the former Fortune magazine editor best known in urban circles for his classic book The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces, famously did a report on Bryant Park in the 1970s that was ultimately used as a basis for transforming what was then known as “Needle Park.”

October 12, 2016
Fake Versus Real Urbanism in Fort Worth
Fort Worth Weekly

If you’ve spent any time at all along 7th Street lately, you’ve no doubt noticed that a Tom Thumb is being built across from Trinity Park and the So7 development in what is being called “Left Bank,” at 7th and Stayton Streets.

October 3, 2016
Smart Growth Advocate Speaks of Healthy Cities to Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mr. Benfield, a guru of healthy urbanism, was in town last week for a Sustainable Pittsburgh brown bag lunch program co-sponsored by 19 nonprofits. Many of them are leading advocates of environmental solutions and smart growth for Pittsburgh.

October 2, 2016
How Migration to Cities Mars Their Future
Washington Post

Although Jacobs spent a lot of time pondering what could make urban economies succeed — the theme running across several of her books — she devoted much less attention to the possibility that success might create its own complications.

September 26, 2016
Cox and Kotkin: Urbanism, Texas-Style
New Geography

Cities, noted René Descartes, should provide “an inventory of the possible,” a transformative experience for those who migrate to them. This was certainly true of Descartes’ Amsterdam, and increasingly true of Texas’s fast-growing metropolises.

September 25, 2016
Grab a Microscope for Insanely Detailed Ink Cityscapes
The Creators Project

When the competition uses flashing colors and bone-rattling sound, it can be hard to get people to pay attention to a drawing. But if said drawing is 6.5 feet tall and you’ve spent 12 hours a day filling in its wildly detailed scenery, then you might have a chance.

September 22, 2016
The Interesting and Dangerous Sidewalk Rut
Dirt Americana

The rut is an embedded extension of the downspout, helping to channel water from the house, across the sidewalk, to the curb and into the storm sewers. It’s a clever solution, and it’s ubiquitous in certain neighborhoods of the small eastern Pennsylvania cities.

September 19, 2016
September 18, 2016
Shaping the Urban Brain
Scientific American

Cities shape how we think, feel and behave. Can we create cities that improve our brain health?

September 14, 2016
How to Read a Flawed Book About Cities
Otis White

A little more than 10 years ago, I read one of the most wonderful—and deeply flawed—books about cities I’ve ever picked up. It was called, “City: Urbanism and Its End.” Its first flaw was as apparent as its subtitle. Urbanism’s end? Somebody forgot to tell the cities.

September 12, 2016
The First Principles of Urbanism: Part I

Before we can predict how technology might shape cities, we have to identify the essential efficiencies — and costs — of urban environments.


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