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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]

Why Some Modernist Homes Make Bad Neighbors

July 20, 2014 by Tazmine Loomans

Modern Houses and Neighborhood Style

I grew up as an architect loving modernism and its clean lines, its spartan rectilinear shapes and its honesty of materials. But now that I’ve gotten some distance from my modernism-centric education, I see how modernism can go wrong, especially on a residential scale in established neighborhoods.[read more]

Sadistic Urbanism

June 25, 2014 by Dean Saitta

Urbanism and the Homeless

The New York Times just ran a story about the steps that Honolulu is taking to crack down on the homeless in an effort to shore up its tourism industry. Homelessness is up 32% in Honolulu over the past 5 years. This has produced aggressive panhandling and frightened tourists.[read more]

Can Transport and Urban Design "Speak with Each Other"?

June 23, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Design and Transport Communication

The design of our cities affects how we move around, and how we move around affects the design of our cities and ultimately, urban life. One city which has made major strides in getting transport and urban design to “speak with each other” is Toronto.[read more]

The Changing Nature of How and Where we Work

May 25, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Changing Office Spaces

What’s interesting to think about is how recent the modern workplace really is, and how quickly things seem to be changing. Up until quite recently, everybody seemed to be singing the virtues of the open office plan. However, today, more and more companies are shying away from that kind of space planning.[read more]

Lessons Geneva Can Learn From the Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao, Spain

Geneva and Bilbao

In psychoanalysis, a disaster is the absence of direction or point of reference. Today, this absence affects all aspects of society. This results in the abundance of games for crowds hungry to win quick fortunes, our everything-offered-for-free era, and to finish the list, the excesses of design.[read more]

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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]