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Three Strategies to Marry Residential Housing and Urban Cycling

March 24, 2014 by Florian Lorenz
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Housing and Urban Biking

Removing the legal requirement upon developers to include a certain amount of car park in space for new housing developments liberates space and finance to create recreational facilities for block residents, as well as promoting bicycle urbanism, as this post demonstrates.[read more]

Fathoming the Unfathomable

March 15, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Fathoming Architecture

Buildings hold immense ranges of possibilities. Though specific uses may be suggested by the architect, the exact future occupation of a space can’t be predicted. In other words, architecture unavoidably deals with uncertainty.[read more]

Design Professionals Must Shift Focus to Community Health

November 20, 2013 by The Dirt ASLA

Design and Health

During a session at the 2013 ASLA Annual Meeting in Boston, the three presidents of the major design organizations, American Society of Landscape Architects, American Institute of Architects, and American Planning Association, made a united call for greater collaboration on designing healthy communities.[read more]

Nigel Peake Is In the City

November 17, 2013 by The Dirt ASLA

Drawing and the City

In a follow-up to his one-of-a-kind, drawn ode to the Irish countryside, In the Wilds, artist and architect Nigel Peake is back with In the City, a set of equally gorgeous watercolor-drawings on all things urban. This new book is a result of his ever-careful examination of ten cities.[read more]

One Univeristy, Two Differently Designed Campuses in Milan, Italy

November 17, 2013 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Urban Architecture in Milan

The Polytechnic University of Milan is the oldest university of the city, and is also the largest technical university in Italy specialized in Engineering, Architecture, and Design. Founded in 1863, it has two main campuses in Milan where the majority of the research and teaching activity are located.[read more]

Is Rincon Valley's Sprawl-Oriented Design Beyond Repair?

November 6, 2013 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Rincon Valley Sprawl

On the eastern edge of the city of Santa Rosa lies the Rincon Valley community, a typical middle-class suburb in the heart of wine country. The neighborhoods in this area were designed in the sprawl fashion seen in many late-twentieth century American communities.[read more]

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Urbanism Speakeasy | New Media for Design Professionals

October 30, 2013 by Andy Boenau

Urbanism Speakeasy is a podcast with a particular focus on human-scale design. We love streets and places designed for people, regardless of how they happen to travel. No advanced technical degrees or silver spoons required on this show. Our primary goal is to share technical information and trends in ordinary language. The show is...[read more]

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Urbanism Speakeasy | Historian's Perspective on the Purpose of Streets

October 24, 2013 by Andy Boenau

Urbanism Speakeasy is a podcast with a particular focus on human-scale design. We love streets and places designed for people, regardless of how they happen to travel. No advanced technical degrees or silver spoons required on this show. Our primary goal is to share technical information and trends in ordinary language. The show is...[read more]

In Chicagoland, There is No Downhill

October 19, 2013 by Metropolitan Planning Council

Chicago and the Floodplain

Here’s a fascinating fact for you: Over the 26-mile length of the Sanitary & Ship Canal, extending from the South Branch of the Chicago River to the Des Plaines River near Lockport, Ill., the drop in elevation is only 5.8 feet. What does that mean? Well, we know water flows downhill ...[read more]

New Toolkit Provides Cities with Innovative Street Design Guidelines

October 18, 2013 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

The National Association of City Transportation Officials’ Urban Street Design Guide marks a big step forward in advancing a people-oriented approach to transport policies. Photo by University City District.

Urban streets are getting a makeover. In many cities worldwide, bike share stations have usurped parking for private vehicles. Protected bike lanes are replacing traffic lanes, while the unwieldy, barren intersections of yesteryear are being reinvigorated as vibrant plazas for people.[read more]

Cape Town's Seven Best Buildings

October 17, 2013 by Future Cape Town

Best Buildings in Cape Town

The seven winners of the Cape Institute for Architecture (CIA) Awards were announced. The winning projects this year include a variety of projects, including an agricultural redevelopment, a tertiary education facility, two schools, and three private homes.[read more]

The Strange Case of Bucharest's Lake Văcăreşti

October 12, 2013 by This Big City

Bucharest Lake, Strange Case

 

What happens when an ambitious and unfinished Communist construction project meets the uncontrollable growth of nature? A few kilometers from the historical center of the Romanian capital of Bucharest, there is a unique ‘ring’ of cement. Inside? A green oasis.[read more]