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The Benefits of Placemaking Go Beyond Urban Beautification

April 13, 2014 by Michael Edwards
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Cardiff Bay, Wales - a great example of placemaking.

Every city has something unique to offer. Whether it’s exceptional food, historic sites, or exciting nightlife, there’s something distinctive that draws in tourists, attracts businesses, and makes current residents want to stay. But all that potential can go to waste if it isn’t recognized and supported.[read more]

Optical Illusions on Fourth Street

April 12, 2014 by David Edmondson

Optical Illusions

A pet peeve of mine for years has been Fourth Street through West End in San Rafael. The neighborhood has struggled for years under the shadow of downtown, hidden just over a short hill, and street width is part of the reason I rarely spend time there. It just doesn’t feel cozy like downtown.[read more]

Minnesota's Evapotranspiration Credit System for Trees

April 12, 2014 by Leda Marritz

Minnesota Credit System for Trees

Last year, The Kestrel Design Group developed a formula for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to estimate evapotranspiration benefits from trees to include in their stormwater crediting system. This formula is one of the first in the country to formally quantify this benefit.[read more]

As Europe's Traffic Fatalities Drop, Brazil's Soar

Traffic and Pedestrian Safety

Traffic safety improvements in Europe are being hailed as one of the greatest advances for the region in the past decade. Europe should be proud of its success: since 2010, there have been 17% fewer deaths on the continent’s roads. This translates into 9,000 lives saved.[read more]

Placebook: Loving the Un-Loveable Building

April 12, 2014 by Kristen Jeffers

Unloveable Building

In honor of returning to my alma mater (the undergraduate one), North Carolina State University, for our annual PR Day, I wanted to take a moment and talk about its most unusual building. The one I want to really discuss is Harrelson Hall.[read more]

Regeneration by Shopping: Sheffield's Missed Opportunity to Rethink City Development

April 11, 2014 by This Big City

Sheffield Shopping and Growth

When shopping centre developer Hammerson walked away from Sheffield’s much-vaunted New Retail Quarter last year, it could have been a blessing in disguise. Here was an opportunity to radically rethink the ‘mall without walls’ template for city centre regeneration.[read more]

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San Francisco Inspires Mobility in European Cities

April 10, 2014 by Vitor Pereira

San Francisco and Mobility

Tenacity, persistence and a lot of patience are the attributes that Timothy Papandreou, Director of Transport Planning of San Francisco, considers essential to take forward some of the most important developments in the mobility sector not only in American cities but also throughout the world.[read more]

Wild Urbanism: Zaryadye Park Will Bring Nature to Moscow

April 10, 2014 by Ash Blankenship

Zaryadye Park in Moscow

Dubbed the “Central Park” of Russia’s capital, Zaryadye Park will be the first park developed in Moscow in half a century. The park, designed by Diller, Scofidio+Renfro, will be based on a concept of wild urbanism, in which people and plants co-exist.[read more]

The Couch as Unlikely Street Furniture: In Paris and Beyond

April 9, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Paris Street Furniture

For this article we are bringing up an idea that is not exactly new, but still has potential for the comfort of our streets (and for the well-being of our rear-ends, which are ill-served by reinforced concrete benches). Let’s introduce the sofa into public spaces.[read more]

New Friendly Garden Share Project for Bristol

April 8, 2014 by Paul Rainger

Bristol Garden Share

A new Friendly Garden Share project is starting up in Bristol, and is looking for neighbourhood co-ordinators across the city. The project puts owners of underused gardens who would like to share their space in touch with local growers. In return the gardener shares a proportion of the produce.[read more]

Design Challenge: Reconstruct Canada's Busiest Transit Hub without Stopping Service

April 8, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Update without Interruption

Union Station in Toronto is overdue for a renovation. Last updated in the late 1980′s, it is dated; the connections between the three transit systems are inefficient, and the congestion during rush hour foreshadows the situation in twenty year’s time when ridership is expected to double or triple.[read more]

At Liberty

April 8, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Paris Placemaking

Over lunch at the cheap and cheerful Gai Moulin restaurant near the Pompidou in Paris, I spoke with the man at the next table about his experience of the Place de la République. He replied that it was outside his usual haunts, but that he had always seen the space as “a sort of absence.”[read more]