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TX: Urban Planner Peddles Walkability

April 22--Having visited Houston multiple times in recent months, Boston-based urban designer Jeff Speck has gotten to know the more walkable parts of this city, where cars are not the sole form of transportation. "Downtown has come a huge distance in the last 20 years... Show More Summary

How Green Could New York Be?

Michael Sorkin, a globe-trotting sixty-six-year-old architect, urban planner, and critic, has published fourteen books and has designed buildings and public spaces from the Rockaways to Abu Dhabi. Currently, one of his biggest projects is a large urban complex in Xi’an, China. Show More Summary

Book review: Tactical Urbanism. Short-term Action for Long-term Change

Short-term, community-based projects--from pop-up parks to open streets initiatives--have become a powerful and adaptable new tool of urban activists, planners, and policy-makers seeking to drive lasting improvements in their cities and beyond. These quick, often low-cost, and creative projects are the essence of the Tactical Urbanism movement

Getting Americans to Walk More Using DIY Guerrilla Wayfinding Signs

last monthArts : Slate: The Eye

Pop-up parks, open streets initiatives, and other short-term community-based projects have become DIY tools in the arsenal of urban activists, land-use planners, and policymakers looking to make their cities better places to live. Tactical...Show More Summary

An urban planner gives us the lowdown on L.A.

The California section recently grabbed breakfast with urban planning guru Dan Rosenfeld, at Kitchen Mouse restaurant in quickly changing Highland Park. Rosenfeld has been poking at the way cities work for decades, both as a private sector developer and in public-sector roles. A Stanford grad...

Urban Planning Jobs: How to Get Them and What to Expect

Do you want to help make the world a better place? As an urban planner, you can decide how cities and towns are designed and function to help families live better lives and businesses run more efficiently. Check out if this is the right career for you. The post Urban Planning Jobs: How to Get Them and What to Expect appeared first on.

Look List: The Best New Museums

Culture vultures know how to holiday. They aim for creative clusters—innovative centers abuzz with imaginative activity—and let loose. While some clusters occur organically, art-smart urban planners have turned the creation of cultural spaces into an art form all its own. Here are a few newly opened and about-to-open art hubs that are putting imagination on the…

Los Angeles Things: Finding Los Angeles's Dense, Urban, Transit-Riding Core

Contrary to the stereotypes, Los Angeles is actually the least sprawly large metro area in the country, but as transportation planner Michael Rhodes writes at Medium, "astute researchers have also pointed out that 'dense sprawl' is not the same...

Public Works: Raising the Bar for Development Projects

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Portland has told its city planners to scrutinize development proposals for neighbourhood compatibility, nature preservation, and other factors. Here's why Toronto can't be that firm. Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them. Show More Summary

Urban Renewal Officially Ended In 1974, Still Alive In St. Louis

The redevelopment process commonly known as Urban Renewal, in retrospect, was largely a failure: After World War II, urban planners (then largely concerned with accommodating the increasing presence of automobiles) and social reformers (focused on providing adequate affordable housing) joined forces in what proved to be an awkward alliance. The...

Maps of Cities as They Could Appear if Sea Levels Rose Significantly

2 months agoHumor / odd : Neatorama

Jeffrey Linn, a designer and urban planner, made a series of maps illustrating how cities might appear if sea levels rose dramatically. The maps are also filled with tongue-in-cheek name changes for the waterlogged areas, such as "Central Park," "Middrown" and "Flushwick" instead of Central Park, Midtown and Bushwick. Show More Summary

Maps of Cities as They May Appear if Sea Level Rose Dramatically

2 months agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

The N.Y. Sea Designer and urban planner Jeffrey Linn has created a fascinating map series that depicts cities as they may appear if sea level rose significantly. Some of the maps also include modified place names that reflect the new geography: witness New York City’s Upper East Tide and Isle of Brooklyn. Posters are available […]

Competition / Dencity Competition 2015 / Shelter Global

Shelter is pleased to invite architects, planners, students, engineers, designers, thinkers, NGOs and organizations from all over the world to take part in the first annual Dencity Competition. Rapid world growth and urbanization is not allowing cities to adapt and provide for their inhabitants. Show More Summary

This GIF shows what would happen to London if the sea level rose by 80 metres

A visual artist and urban planner has designed a GIF to show what would happen to London if the sea level rose about 80 metres from the current level. Jeffrey Linn, who worked at Microsoft as a geographic data developer before opening...Show More Summary

How 1,000 Plants, A Greenhouse Bubble, And Stella McCartney Could Change The Way We Work

Rohan Silva isn't an architect, a designer, or urban planner. That hasn't stopped him from creating a most ambitious new co-working space. Rohan Silva is on a mission to change the way we work. Read Full Story

Hazy Cities: China's Top Architect Has a Plan to Make Beijing More Livable

Tiananmen Square during a 'yellow alert' last month. Photo by Zhang Peng via Getty Images This weekend the New York Times ran a fascinating profile of Wu Liangyong, the most powerful architect and urban planner in China. After a...

Urban planners may have finally found how to get to Sesame Street

With "equitable development," planners say they've finally figured out how to make sustainable, healthy neighborhoods accessible to everyone.

The Birth of a Map: This spring, a new Muni map...

This spring, a new Muni map will officially debut around town, following its initial unveiling at SPUR's excellent "Urban Cartography" show. Designed by transit planner Jay Primus and mapmaker David Wiggins, the map makes the choice among routes more intuitive...

7 Cities That Are Starting To Go Car-Free

Urban planners are finally recognizing that streets should be designed for people, not careening hunks of deadly metal. After over a hundred years of living with cars, some cities are slowly starting to realize that the automobile doesn't make a lot of sense in the urban context. Show More Summary

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