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Conservation & Recreation

Stewarding Memories: Caring for People, Trees, and Land 

September 12, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

History and Care

What happens to the places that were purposively set-aside as spaces of remembrance? How do they change or persist? What role do they play in the lives of their creators, their stewards, and their users as we move further in time away from a particular event?[read more]

Inventive New Designs for D.C.'s 11th Street Bridge Park

September 12, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

D.C. Bridge Design

Six months ago, an exciting national design competition was launched for the 11th Street Bridge Park in Washington, D.C. Expected to cost upwards of $40 million, the new bridge park will run 900 feet over the foundation of an old freeway spanning the Anacostia River.[read more]

How Canada Failed to Build a Beautiful Capital: An Ottawa Retrospective

September 11, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Ottawa and Aesthetics

I have yet to visit a city that manages, in equal parts, to be as grand and mediocre as Ottawa. The grandeur of Parliament’s Gothic revival towers is set against a frenzy of buildings that violently interrupt this harmony. We are left with the impression of a grand project cut short. This is the story of Ottawa.[read more]

How Companies Have Contributed to Community Building

September 11, 2014 by This Big City

Companies and Communities

There are a lot of things required to build a successful community. Good infrastructure. Access to services. And a genuine desire from people to achieve the goal of ‘community.' And in recent decades, larger organizations have started playing a more active part in community building, with interesting results.[read more]

'Pedestrianized' Prince Arthur Street of Montreal Unappealing to Pedestrians

September 10, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Pedestrianism in Montreal

Located in the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough, Prince Arthur Street is known to Montrealers for its stretch of road, open year-round to pedestrian-only traffic. The glory of this once widely recognized strip continues to fade however, as its prime location acts more like an transportation corridor for pedestrians and cyclists.[read more]

Inviting You to Collaborate with Nature to Transform Your City

September 10, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Natural Urban Change

In the many current discussions about how to make cities more resilient, the potential roles of citizens and urban nature are largely overlooked. The level of interest seems disproportionately small given the tremendous opportunities for citizens to steward nature in cities—or to ‘collaborate’ with nature.[read more]

Five Reasons Africa Needs to Reinvent the City

September 10, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Africa and Urban Reinvention

Africa’s cities are facing some exciting, frightening and rapid change. UN-Habitat’s latest “State of African Cities” report attempts to map this change and create a tool for future-oriented urban planning. What are some of the insights of the report, and what can Cape Town as an African city learn?[read more]

How Bike Moves Can Go Beyond Just Being Subversive to Actually Being Useful

September 9, 2014 by Tazmine Loomans

Biking and Equality

This weekend I participated in my second bike move in Portland. It’s where friends come and load stuff up on their bikes and bike trailers, haul them to your new house, unload, and then have a party. Bike moves are really great because yes, they keep you from having to move by truck, which harms the environment.[read more]

A Plan to Rebuild Valparaíso, Chile After a Disastrous Fire

September 9, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Urban Disaster and Recovery

The College of Architects of Valparaíso submitted a proposal for a new urban plan to Andrés Silva. The proposal seeks to re-direct local streams and create ​​a Metropolitan Park. The approval of such a plan is one of the last steps in the reconstruction effort after a major fire engulfed the city last April.[read more]

Bicycling's Racist, Sexist, and Classist Beginnings, and How They Impact Bicycling Today

September 8, 2014 by Tazmine Loomans

Biking's Troubling History

In today’s world, we like to hail the bicycle as the instrument of freedom for the underprivileged, the poor and the oppressed. But bicycling began in the 1880s and 90s in a context of racism, sexism and classism and for the most part was reflective of that context.[read more]

The Magical Shopping Experience and Improvised Street Art of Milan, Italy

September 7, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Milan Street Life

Have you ever walked along the streets of a city and had a song playing in your head? Italian cities, with their impressive architecture and noisy lifestyle, inspire music above all else. The cities’ streets, buildings, cathedrals, and little squares all play a part of the urban soundtrack of each city.[read more]

From Manolo Blahniks to Birkenstocks: Are Walkable Cities Impacting Fashion Trends?

September 6, 2014 by Jillian Glover

Urban Walkability and Fashion

Last year, when some of the fashion blogs I followed were talking about Birkenstocks coming back in style, I laughed it off as a ridiculous fad. Then I became a new mom in the summertime, who needed to get around her walkable neighborhood in a comfortable shoe that could be slipped on and off easily.[read more]