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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]

Why Some Modernist Homes Make Bad Neighbors

July 20, 2014 by Taz 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]


Three Strategies to Marry Residential Housing and Urban Cycling

March 24, 2014 by Florian Lorenz

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]