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Decoding the Place Between Places

September 22, 2014 by Chuck Wolfe
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In-Between Spaces

Many promote urban walkability, but for several years, I have focused on inter-urban, or, even inter-settlement walkability. Strolls through such “places between” not only highlight the virtues of walking itself, but also invoke the universal transitions between distinct locales and the amorphous rural countryside.[read more]

How Does Moving a Prison Complex Support Development in Baltimore City?

September 23, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Baltimore Prison Location

Crime creates the need for undesirable land uses such as prison complexes, and this particular prison is a physical manifestation of the stigma created by Baltimore’s notoriety as a crime-heavy city. Does removing the prison get rid of the real problem of crime?[read more]

Reclaiming Urban Space for People with the Picnic Blanket Effect

September 23, 2014 by Tazmine Loomans

Reclaiming Urban Space

 

I encountered an example of defining a new space merely by putting something on the ground this weekend at the Belmont Street Fair. At the intersection of SE 34th and Belmont, which is usually never a space that you would actually want to hang out in, the organizers of the fair put down a round piece of turf.[read more]

Athens is Building the World's Largest City Park

September 23, 2014 by Jillian Glover

Athens and Green Space Expansion

Athens has plans to finally provide its citizens with a source of respite, as it is poised to be home to the world’s largest city park. Hellenikon Metropolitan Park will be 2 million square meters, providing the city with the green space it desperately needs.[read more]

Transport Sector Climate Action Key to Close the World's Emissions Gap

September 23, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Emissions Reduction and Transportation

Climate action often focuses on energy and industrial activity, but the transport sector must be included to keep global warming below the dangerous two-degree scenario. Transport is responsible for 22% of energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions worldwide.[read more]

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City-dwellers Around The World Call on Politicians to Act on Climate Change

September 22, 2014 by David Thorpe

Peoples Climate March NYC 

According to CBS News there were 300,000. Marching, Singing, waving banners, taking over the whole of downtown Manhattan. Around the world, a total of 580,000 were estimated to have participated in demonstrations in 2,000 cities yesterday. Politicians are being scrutinized in advance of this week's crucial UN meeting.[read more]

Sustainability, Adaptation, Resilience, Building Integrated Agriculture and a Black Eye

September 22, 2014 by Oscar Rodriguez

Urbanism and a Black Eye

If "resilience" is to be the next "thing" in climate change discourse, we should be aware that it implies a war-like footing. If climate change and resource constriction are challenges to be fought, we should be careful in our choice of "guard hands" and look to approaches that offer flexibility.[read more]

Debating Starchitecture: A Mile High View

September 22, 2014 by Dean Saitta

Starchitecture and Civic Space

Witold Rybczynski started the latest go-round over the issue with a recent piece for the New York Times Magazine. In the essay, Rybczynski laments the globalization of civic architecture by a handful of internationally known practitioners or “starchitects.”[read more]

No Innovation Without Migration: The Harlem Renaissance

September 22, 2014 by Jim Russell

Migration and Culture and Innovation

While Harlem may have been celebrated in legend and song as the world’s “black mecca,” the Harlem Renaissance had roots and branches extending far beyond Upper Manhattan. It was a state of mind that connected a community of artists all across the country.[read more]

Lagos State Amends Urban Regional Planning and Development Law

September 22, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Lagos Planning and Legislation

Lagos's State Governor signed into law a bill amending the Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law. The amended law lifted the restriction on employment of General Manager of the State’s Urban Renewal Authority, making other professionals in urban renewal and development eligible for the position.[read more]

Bike Paths Return the Streets to Children in São Paulo, Brazil

September 22, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Bike Paths for Kids in Brazil

An interesting and very important phenomenon has begun to take shape on the streets of São Paulo: reclaiming public space for children. Places that were previously wasted on private vehicles are now being converted for public use. And among new users are the children of the city.[read more]

The Challenge of the Century: Maarten Hajer

September 21, 2014 by Future Cape Town
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Challenge of the Future

It has been estimated that over 70% of the world’s population shall be living in cities by 2050. This means that over the next 40 years we shall be witnessing a mass exodus of over 2 billion people to the cities hoping to make their homes there.[read more]

Milan on Water: Navigli, the Planning Legacy of Leonardo da Vinci

September 21, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Water and Milan

The term “naviglio” is the Italian term for “canal.” Therefore, “Navigli” the plural of “naviglio,” is the name for the artificial canals of Milan. They were built between 1179 (Naviglio Grande) and the 16th century (Naviglio Martesana) with the purpose of making Milan accessible from the Ticino and Adda rivers.[read more]