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Pacific Cities Resolve to Improve Urban Resilience and Upgrade Informal Settlements

March 27, 2015 by David Thorpe

News from the Pacific Urban Forum 2015 

The Pacific Urban Forum 2015 met over the last week on the island of Fiji, under the theme of “Towards a New Pacific Urban Agenda: Harnessing Opportunities in a Post-2015 Environment”, to discuss how the emerging needs of cities in the region can meet the present challenges.[read more]

The City Dwellers Who Are Growing Food in India, China and Brazil

Urban Gardens are a Global Movement

According to the US Department of Agriculture, around 15 percent of the world’s food is now grown in urban areas. Urban agriculture enhances sustainability, secures public space, and provides much needed food security and health benefits for communities. We look at examples from three continents.[read more]

Night Time Informal Street Trade in Bangkok Creates Jobs, Unlike in Cape Town

March 26, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Informal economies create jobs and should be encouraged.

In Bangkok informal economic activity on the streets is well accepted and facilitated, leading to a dynamic night-time informal trade culture. Informal trade is pronounced in the city centre in areas such as Siam Square. This is in great contrast to the situation in Cape Town.[read more]

Village in the City: A View from Kuala Lumpur

March 26, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Change in Kuala Lumpur

Kampung Baru’s vernacular architecture and human scale has remained a village within a city, with low-rise wooden detached houses, kitchens and cafes spilling into the streets, and rich social life. Ethnic Malay families from several villages were relocated here and given land rights to maintain a ‘village life.’[read more]

Using Urban Observation to 'Ghost-Bust' Places

March 25, 2015 by Chuck Wolfe

Urban Observation

In Seattle, last week, I looked across the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Olive Way, towards the Westin Hotel, noting a Seattle urbanism trifecta—the Lake Union Streetcar, the skillet food truck and one building of Amazon’s new headquarters complex under construction. I saw a ghost of a missing building.[read more]

Detroiters Agree: The Future of Downtown is Bright

March 25, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Detroit and the Future of Downtown

Beginning in 1999 with the revamping of the historic Eastern Market, through our work in Campus Martius Park, Cadillac Square, and the Detroit Riverfront, PPS has been honored to work with Detroit leaders and community members in the place-led regeneration of this spirited city.[read more]

Art Reclaims the Streets in Cape Town

March 25, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Cape Town and Public Art

Last Friday, walking in my beloved city, Cape Town was in her prime: blue skies above, and people all along St George’s Mall, ambling, sitting and chatting. There seemed to be more buskers than usual and just an energetic mood in the air, like maybe it was a holiday, despite it being the end of a long week.[read more]

Manipulate the Housing Market with this One Neat Trick

March 24, 2015 by David Edmondson

Regulations often result in unintended consequences. Money flows to find any crack in the system, after all, and often those cracks are in very odd places. Zoning and building codes are no different, and they can manipulate not just how people do business but how we built our cities.[read more]

How Arborists can Work with Developers to Preserve Green Infrastructure Under Pressure

March 24, 2015 by Leda Marritz

Green Urbanism Trends and Meaning

David Dockter, from the Planning and Community Environment and Public Works in Palo Alto, explains how to work with developers to overcome the urban pressures on the needs of – and for – trees. He describes how he helps them understand the benefits, and shows how he uses building permits and planning tools as levers.[read more]

Visionless Phnom Penh, Cambodia: How Will Rapid Development Shape its Future?

March 24, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

The Risks of Visionless Urbanization

Phnom Penh, Cambodia has had a tumultuous history that spans architectural ingenuity to human tragedy. It is currently undergoing a rapid phase of urbanization and modernization. There are mounting concerns about how such change could affect the city’s culture, atmosphere and history.[read more]

We Must Make Places Walkable for the Most Vulnerable

March 23, 2015 by Bradley Calvert

They are used to being ignored – all the more reason for planners not to.

As placemakers, city builders, planners, and designers we all too often forget how important inclusion is to our process. We forget the parent struggling to navigate an intersection with a poorly located curb cut, or the elderly person struggling to cross a street in time.[read more]

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The Fused Grid: A New Model for Planning Healthy and Liveable Developments

March 23, 2015 by Luis Rodriguez

Neighborhoods and Development Design

Much has been written about the importance of making our cities healthy and liveable and about what can be done to make them that way. However, much less has been written about when and how we should implement those principles and attributes that are essential to making our cities healthy and liveable.[read more]