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Drones Will Elevate Urban Design

March 16, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Drones and Design

The FAA recently released long-awaited guidelines for commercial drones. Despite many skeptics’ expectations of stringent laws that would ground the drone industry in the US, these proposed regulations are pragmatic and will undoubtedly lead to growth and innovation.[read more]

SMART's New Shelter Designs are Even Worse Than Before

February 28, 2015 by David Edmondson

Shelter Design Problems?

SMART may be on the verge of making a serious mistake. Back in August, 2014, the rail agency released its “65%” plans for stations to decidedly mixed reviews. Stung by the criticism, particularly from San Rafael mayor Gary Phillips who called the designs “ridiculous”, SMART went into a long internal huddle.[read more]

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Empowering Sustainable Actions Through Design

February 5, 2015 by This Big City

Design and Sustainability

Today’s cities are filled with creative ideas on how to decrease waste and make recycling initiatives more appealing to local residents. However, it is still important to raise public awareness of recycling and reuse, encouraging people to make a positive impact on society.[read more]

Johannesburg To Get New Iconic Public Pavilion

February 3, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Johannesburg and Public Spaces

A pavilion designed by world-renowned architect David Adjaye, will be built within a public space at the north side of Park Station in Johannesburg’s inner city. With an opening date in May 2015 and remaining in place for 3 years, the project will highlight this historical junction in the city, while activating public space.[read more]

What Exactly Do Architects Do?

January 30, 2015 by Taz Loomans

The Architectural Profession

Most people don’t really know what architects do on a day to day basis. Perhaps you have a vague notion that architects make napkin sketches sitting in sleek, low-lit bars playing jazz piano and a few months later fabulous buildings like the Guggenheim in Bilbao manifest from that sketch. This is not entirely true.[read more]

Top 10 Walkability Features

January 3, 2015 by Christopher Berggren

Urban Walkability

Not just the top ten, but the ten qualifiers of walkability used by the Brookings Institution in their assessment of neighborhoods. Walkability is a topic of major importance today because of its weight in improving urban economics. The ability to walk in a community is a function of the quality of the urban fabric.[read more]

Write About Your Ideal City to Win a Trip to Masdar City

December 26, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Designing the Ideal City

What will your ideal city look like in 2030? That is the question of the third annual international blogging contest hosted by Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company behind Masdar City. One winner will receive a paid trip to Abu Dhabi – where Masdar City is located – in mid-January, 2015.[read more]

Urban Design Competitions Are Opportunities to Assert the Value of Landscape Architecture

November 16, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Design Competitions

Teresa Galí-Izard, International ASLA, chair of the landscape architecture department at the University of Virginia and partner at Arquitectura Agronomia, explained why it’s important for landscape architects to take advantage of urban design competitions.[read more]

Gaming for More Sustainable Cities

October 3, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Gaming and Cities

An estimated three billion hours per week are spent playing online games worldwide. Though the prevalence of online games has certain benefits and drawbacks, what if some of this time spent gaming could improve the way our cities are designed?[read more]

A Must-Read: The Updated Urban Bikeway Design Guide

August 30, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Biking, Design, and Urbanism


In the year 2000, the District of Columbia had three miles of bike lanes. Today, the district has roughly 80 miles of bike infrastructure, including the first lanes in historically underserved Ward 8. Many other U.S. cities have made similar investments.[read more]

The Landscape of Electric Charging Stations

August 9, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Electric Charging Stations

The car had a profound impact on the landscape of our cities (and that’s probably the understatement of the year). Not only did it force the decentralization of our cities (i.e. sprawl), but it dotted the landscape with gas stations and other things that cars required.[read more]

America Can Learn from this French City's Complete Streets

July 22, 2014 by Jeff La Noue

French Complete Streets

Strasbourg, France is a beautiful city that takes its complete streets to heart. The roads through the old (and new) city gracefully mix street trams/lightrail with bicycle paths and friendly traffic calmed streets, and pedestrians can move about with relative ease.[read more]