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Exceptional architecture and its impact on cities

The Guggenheim Museum, designed by star architect Frank Gehry, led to an economic boom in the Spanish city of Bilbao. This "Bilbao Effect" is appealing to many urban planners and politicians who look to better position their cities in economic and social terms by building exceptional architectural projects. Show More Summary

Star architecture and its impact on the city

(Technical University of Munich (TUM)) The Guggenheim Museum by star architect Frank Gehry led to an economic boom in the Spanish city of Bilbao. This 'Bilbao Effect' is appealing to many urban planners and politicians who look to better position their cities in economic and social terms by building exceptional architectural projects. Show More Summary

JOEL KOTKIN: The Screwed Millennial Generation Gets Smart. Despite the hype from the press and u…

JOEL KOTKIN: The Screwed Millennial Generation Gets Smart. Despite the hype from the press and urban planners, millennials are following in the footsteps of previous generations by locating on the periphery major metropolitan areas and Sun Belt cities, most of which are simply agglomerations of suburbs. This pattern seems certain to accelerate as millennials enter […]

Business and Technology Ideas for Cities of the Future

Cities are increasingly preparing for the future now that there are innovators stepping up to fill the need. City planners and designers, in partnership with tech companies, are looking to make their urban areas smarter, more sustainable, and more efficient. Show More Summary

This urban design tool helps planners understand the entire street network

A new program prototype by Remix lets designers play SimCity at street level For planners and transportation officials, the road to transit improvements often hits a speed bumps when it comes to data sharing and visualizations. A new...Show More Summary

How a mid-sized Canadian city became the envy of urban planners

Canada’s smartest city isn’t Sidewalk Toronto On the last day of 2017, an enthusiastic Twitter thread started making the rounds among urban-minded folks. Tagged #coollittlethings, the thread featured a dozen clever city-building ideas,...Show More Summary

Imagining The Adaptable, Sensor-Filled Street Of The Future

To get there, we need technologists to think more like urban planners, and for urban planners to think more like technologists–and for the two sectors to work together. Conversations about our future cities and streets hinge around smart,...Show More Summary

A manifesto for designing cities

"The city is a people's art, a shared experience," a Philadelphia architect and planner named Edmund Bacon once wrote, adding that any urban designer's job was to "conceive an idea, implant it, and nurture its growth in the collective minds of the community."

Is Elon Musk An Elitist Jerk?

Elon Musk has some unkind things to say about the state of public transportation today. His remarks did not sit well with transportation engineers and urban planners.

LOOK: Stubborn apartment block owner makes Harbin urban planners switch to plan B

3 months agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

We've seen many a "nail house" come and go over the years, but how about a "nail apartment block?" [ more › ]

The Urban Revival Is an Urban Myth, and the Suburbs Are Surging

3 months agoNews : The Daily Beast

Despite the disdain of many planners, pundits and politicians, most people live in the suburbs—and most of the jobs are there, too.

The Subtle Ways Urban Planners Are Rethinking City Designs To Prevent Terror

3 months agoNews : Huffington Post

After a rash of vehicular terror attacks, city planners are considering ways to add safeguards to urban centers.

Bill Gates' investment group spent $80 million to build a 'smart city' in the desert — and urban planners are divided

A subsidiary of Bill Gates' investment firm has committed $80 million toward building a "smart city" in Belmont, a parcel of land in Arizona. Business Insider spoke with several urban planning experts who disagree on whether it is the...Show More Summary

District of Columbia Center Point in Washington, D.C.

Urban planner Pierre L’Enfant designed Washington, D.C. on an orderly street grid divided into four quadrants, with numbered streets running north-south and letters going east-west. The whole thing is centered on the Capitol Building,...Show More Summary

Singapore rolls out tough measures to keep cars off the roads

In the battle against the car, space-starved Singapore has deployed road tolls, massive spending on public transport, and a licence fee that bumps the cost of an average vehicle to over $80,000. But urban planners looking for solutions to gridlock may find the draconian measures hard to replicate in other less-compliant cities. Show More Summary

How the Russian Army Learned to Wage War (and Kill Its Enemies)

Michael Peck Security, Europe History teaches valuable lessons to Moscow's military planners.  The lessons learned section of a U.S. Army analysis of urban warfare is mostly a no-brainer: urban combat is long, costly, burns out troops and resources, combined arms warfare is essential, and so on. Show More Summary

Will the ACT Government allow planners to… plan?

3 months agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Surprising things can happen when you are involved in advocacy with the ACT Government on urban environment issues. In recent years, discussions on planning were not about planning. They were more about how the residents had to deal with the never-ending onslaught of development driven by the property/sales arms of the ACT Government. The property […]

Seattle voters to elect first female mayor since 1926

Ninety-one years after Seattle elected Bertha Knight Landes as mayor, voters on Tuesday will elect a female mayor for the second time. Voters are choosing between 54-year-old urban planner Cary … Click to Continue »

Life in the city: Living near a forest keeps your amygdala healthier

A study conducted at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development has investigated the relationship between the availability of nature near city dwellers' homes and their brain health. Its findings are relevant for urban planners among others.

Life in the city: Living near a forest keeps your amygdala healthier

A new study examined the relationship between the availability of nature near city dwellers' homes and their brain health. Its findings are relevant for urban planners among others.

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