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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

August 1, 2016
Why Are New Cities So Boring?

Moving past the revived and renovated, where are the great new urban places? If we are urbanizing so quickly as a planet, where are the new streets and districts that pulse with activity and character?

July 28, 2016
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June 30, 2016
June 20, 2016
Dispatches From the First YIMBY Convening
The C Is For Crank

As those who follow me on Twitter may have noticed, I spent the last four days in Boulder, Colorado, at the first-ever conference for self-identified YIMBYs–urbanists who say “yes in my backyard.”

June 14, 2016
The Trouble With Terminators
Places Journal

Why not make buildings today as they once were made? This is actually a really good, really radical question.

Why Is The CNU Still Relevant?
The Black Urbanist

As of Saturday June 11, the Congress for New Urbanism has convened for 24 times. Since its inception, it’s gone through an evolution, powered by its roots in the architectural tradition of design and critique. It’s precisely this history which makes it still relevant in the greater design, development and governance conversation.

June 8, 2016
Re-Framing Urban Space
Housing Studies (abstract)

How should urban design be applied for emerging hybrid and high-density conditions?

June 2, 2016
Eye Tracking Technology and Visual Preference
Journal of Urbanism

Urban planners and designers use visual preference surveys to gather public opinion on potential designs for developments. Using eye-tracking technology, we administered a visual preference survey

May 23, 2016
The Boarding Houses that Built America
The American Conservative

During America’s century-long ascent from sleepy colonial backwater to great industrial giant, the urbanization of the country was funneled through a consistent apparatus: the boarding house.

The Crucial Need for Incremental Density
Urban Kchoze

One of the first articles I wrote for this blog illustrated the theory at the basis of my understanding of urban dynamics, that transport defined how a city grew and how it functioned.

May 18, 2016
May 15, 2016
Story of Cities #42: Medellín’s Embrace of Radical Urbanism
The Guardian

Twenty-five years ago, Medellín was the most dangerous city on earth. Yet its most infamous criminal, Pablo Escobar, also helped create the conditions that sparked an extraordinary revival – by taking the city to the brink of collapse.

May 12, 2016
Podcast: History and Politics of Mapping the City

Compass and ruler in hand, we examine the history and politics behind the mapping of our cities. We look at new approaches in Toronto and find out more about the Graphia project, where Scandinavian aesthetics meet Hong Kong.

California’s Latino Urbanism

Can social habits change a city’s architecture? James Rojas, an urban planner who pioneered the idea of “Latino Urbanism,” says that’s exactly what is happening in California’s cities and around the country.

May 11, 2016
Urban, Hip Boise Defies Idaho Stereotypes
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Boise is awesome — the nightlife is amazing and all you need is a bicycle to get around,” 28-year-old Robert Ordonez, visiting from Alaska, said as he paused to check a tire at a public bike-repair station (they have public bike-repair stations!) on the Boise Greenbelt.

May 10, 2016
What Urbanists Can Expect from London’s New Mayor
Next City

A member of the Labour party and a bus driver’s son who grew up in social housing, Khan focused his campaign on worker’s and human rights. Here’s a look at his statements on streets, transportation and affordable housing.

May 4, 2016
Seattle “YIMBY” Movement Begs for Growth
The Stranger

In response to the lack of affordable housing and Seattle’s rapid growth, a NIMBY movement is taking hold and attempting to strangle development. But a new YIMBY counter-force is also growing in order to attain more affordable housing.

May 2, 2016
Living in the City: Anonymity and Spontaneity
Smart Growth Seattle

It seems “urbanist” is one who talks about cities, and buildings, and policies, and articles, and statistics. But living in a city is how we can experience and know why they work and why they are better. This story is all about quarters.

April 28, 2016
Podcast: The Urbanist – Density

How do you tackle overcrowding without expanding a city’s footprint? We explore a new study by Hassell and chat with Joel Kotkin, who’s challenging the conventional “pack-and-stack” and high-rise strategies.

April 27, 2016


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