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Denver's 16th Street Mall: Custom Suspended Pavement System Turns 32

November 21, 2014 by Leda Marritz

Denver Public Pavement Design

Denver has long been a place of significance in the American West. Founded as a gold mining town in 1858, the city built a connection to the transcontinental railroad by 1870 and quickly established itself as a key supply hub and large commercial center serving cities both nearby and throughout the region.[read more]

Major Revamp Planned for D.C.'s South Mall

November 21, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

National Mall Revamp

 

The new master plan for the Smithsonian’s South Mall campus, which runs from the Hirshhorn Museum all the way to the Freer Museum, is a shocker. It obliterates the existing landscape, filled with intimate nooks that invite exploration, in favor of “improved connectivity” and open plazas.[read more]

'Living Breakwaters' Wins Buckminster Fuller Challenge

November 20, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Living Breakwaters

SCAPE / Landscape Architecture, founded by Kate Orff, ASLA, has just received $100,000 from the Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) for their “comprehensive climate change adaptation and community development project” called Living Breakwaters.[read more]

Using 'Plot-Based Urbanism' to Reclaim the Basic Unit of the City

November 19, 2014 by Chuck Wolfe

Reclaiming the City

Plot-based urbanism returns to first principles of city-building, and underscores the importance of the plot in sustainable urban development over time. The approach derives from historic traditions of placemaking, fosters staged growth, mixed land uses, encourages informal participation, and respects local culture.[read more]

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Favelas Can Teach Us About Future Cities – Sir David King

November 18, 2014 by David Thorpe

The people who build favelas know what they're doing.

The UK Foreign Secretary's Special Representative for Climate Change, Sir David King, is tonight to tell colleagues dealing with urban innovation that shantytowns, favelas and mediaeval towns have much to teach us about how cities should be organised.[read more]

The Economics of Place: Michigan as a Beacon in the Placemaking Movement

November 18, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces

Placemaking in Michigan

Ever since the governor’s declaration to put placemaking at the forefront of Michigan’s economic policy, place-led development has cropped up in what some would consider the least likely of places in this midwestern state. Michigan is taking placemaking to heart in an inspiring way.[read more]

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This 3D Weaver Could Change the Face of Architecture

November 18, 2014 by Sophie Curtis

Textiles as Building Materials

Textiles have already changed the face of urban architecture. With the advancements in digital manufacturing, textiles are playing an even stronger role providing material that can be made on demand to spec with very little waste, changing how textile composites can be used as new building materials.[read more]

Making City Planning Cool Again

November 17, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly
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City Planning Cool

This morning my friend Mackenzie Keast sent me an interesting article from the Guardian talking about the marginalization and growing irrelevance of city planners, titled 'For the sake of our cities, it’s time to make town planning cool again.'[read more]

Guerilla Planning in Baltimore City Creates a Mix of Inclusive and Exclusive Spaces

November 17, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Guerilla Planning in Baltimore

In 2012, Baltimore City’s population grew for the first time in over six decades only to face a disappointing decline in population in 2013. The residents who remain are not blind to the city’s flaws, but choose to work through changes that come to pass in their neighborhoods.[read more]

Regularization of Land Titles: Who Benefits?

November 17, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Land Titling in Lagos

The Nigerian Land Use Act (1978) encourages land disputes, forced evictions, and insecurity of tenure, which hinders productivity within the housing sector. It states that the Governor of the State owns all land in that State and therefore is responsible for the allocation of land.[read more]

Room and a View: Rutherford Platt's Reclaiming American Cities

November 16, 2014 by City Parks Blog

Urban Reclamation

A city is much more than merely a physical entity. But for our purposes, as park lovers, let’s stay in that place for now: the physical city as the sum of its physical parts. What is the proportion of structures and open space that we seek? How much is for pure utility?[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]