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Tag Archives: Urbanism

April 22, 2016
“Murbanism” or Mormon Urbanism
Granola Shotgun

I coined the portmanteau murbanism some years ago on a trip to Salt Lake. Mormon urbanism is shorthand for a theory I have about adaptation and resilience.

April 14, 2016
Urbanism Isn’t A Luxury, Yet
City Observatory

For most of the 20th century, cities and their accoutrements were associated with immigrants, people of color, and relative economic deprivation. The very phrase “inner city” became a synonym of “poor,” and in certain contexts “urban” itself became a word that referred to people of color, especially black people.

March 29, 2016
Story of Cities #10 Enlightened Edinburgh
Guardian Cities

Scotland’s capital was in a desperate state, plagued by social problems and limited space. Then a young, unqualified architect came up with a plan for Edinburgh New Town – and it heralded the greatest period in the city’s history

March 23, 2016
American Urbanists Should Look to Canada
Urban Edge

When urban planners talk about their ambitions for American cities, they often look towards the bike infrastructure of Copenhagen, the transit system of London, or the famous boulevards of Paris.

March 7, 2016
Small Streets to be Preserved in Hong Kong Plan
South China Morning Post

A HK$11.6 billion redevelopment of Kowloon City will mark a break from the Urban Renewal Authority’s tradition of putting up single “pencil” buildings and malls, as the body pledged to preserve small streets in the plan.

March 6, 2016
Enclave Urbanism as Telescopic Urbanism?
Cities Journal (Abstract)

Drawing on photo-elicitation interviews with middle class, white residents of a privileged neighborhood of Cape Town, this paper infers that many scholars rely on a narrow understanding of the nature and the geography of encounters in cities to make exaggerated claims about the effects of enclave urbanism.

March 3, 2016
Photography: The Real Life of Seoul
Los Angeles Review of Books

How do you convince someone to spend their limited travel time and money in Seoul? The officials tasked with promoting South Korea abroad have racked their brains over that very question for years and years

February 28, 2016
Birth of Gay Urbanism in 60s West Hollywood

The civil rights protests of the 1960s-70s – from the marches of Martin Luther King to the walkouts of the Chicano movement – were powerful forces for social change across America.

February 25, 2016
What I Learned Playing Sim City
City Observatory

Like most city lovers of a certain age, I spent many hours as a kid playing SimCity. For readers who are tragically uninitiated, SimCity is one of the iconic computer games of the 1990s, though new versions have been released as recently as 2013.

February 22, 2016
Sherlock Holmes on Urbanism
Vibrant Bay Area

I last read any of the Sherlock Holmes stories in 1973. I borrowed an omnibus edition from one of my girlfriend’s elderly aunts and quickly reconsumed the tales, many of which I’d read in earlier years.

February 21, 2016
Urbanism and Architecture’s Future in Vancouver Media

Recently, a number of developer–sponsored articles have surfaced on Vancitybuzz. Sponsored content is certainly not a new phenomenon, however its advent within this particular news source gives me pause to reflect.

February 18, 2016
T4 Releases Creative Placemaking Guide
T4 America Blog

We wrote this guide to introduce the concept to transportation planners, public works agencies and local elected officials who are on the front lines of advancing transportation projects.

February 16, 2016
Atlanta Suburbs Embracing “Urban Burb” Concept
WABE Public Radio

“Urban Burb” may sound like an oxymoron. But, according to Rosser International architect and Curbed Atlanta editor Michael Kahn, it describes a shift that’s happening in Atlanta’s suburbs.

February 8, 2016
Connecting Two Places Takes More than a Transit Line
Los Angeles Times

In his 2013 book, “Happy City,” urban theorist Charles Montgomery argues that car-dependent suburban sprawl makes people feel isolated and unhappy, and that a well-designed city is one that enables people to live connected lives.

February 2, 2016
The Future of Unlikely Places
Granola Shotgun

I have a peculiar theory about where the next generation of counter culture folks are going to set up shop.

February 1, 2016
Kinder Institute to Receive $7m from Houston Endowment
Urban Edge

When I came to Houston to lead the Kinder Institute nearly a year and a half ago, one of the first things we did was outline a couple of ambitious goals for our organization. We wanted to become the preeminent urban think tank serving cities across the U.S. Sun Belt and use our research and […]

January 26, 2016
New Group Opposes a More Urban Bethesda
Greater Greater Washington

Montgomery County is working on a new master plan for downtown Bethesda that would promote continued development and might allow the population to increase from 7,210 today to over 18,000.

LA’s Disappearing Roadside Burger Stands
Guardian Cities

Los Angeles’ fast-food stands are an iconic part of California’s tradition of car-oriented architecture. But as the city rapidly transforms, the hamburger stands are being erased from the urban landscape

January 24, 2016
Smart Urban Living Can be the Future
Sacramento Bee

Nearly 2.5 million people live in the Sacramento metropolitan area. Amazingly, less than 1 percent live downtown. Expand the definition of downtown to include the central city or the grid, and that number barely clips 1 percent.

January 19, 2016


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