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Placemaking's Ripple Effect: How a Beach Downtown is Making Waves in Detroit

October 1, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces

Placemaking and Wide Effects

At first glance, a Google image search for the term “Detroit” returns an alarmingly one-sided portrayal of the Motor City. Photographs of crumbling buildings dominate so much. Scroll a bit further and one image breaks through the monotony – a beach.[read more]

Green vs. Grey: Every City is a Living Body

September 29, 2014 by Ivan Bruce
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Cities as Bodies

The thought that nature can also be an infrastructure is not new; nature can be harnessed to provide services within the urban environment, by reducing risk of flooding or excessive heat, or improving air quality. When nature is harnessed by people it is known as "green infrastructure."[read more]

7 Reasons Why High-Rises Kill Livability

September 29, 2014 by Taz Loomans

High Rises and Urban Living

What do you do when you’re the city of Portland and millions of people are supposed to move into your city in the coming decades and you have an urban growth boundary? Build up, right? To a certain extent yes, but not above the fifth floor, says world-renown architect Jan Gehl.[read more]

Dimensioning Pedestrian Happiness

September 25, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Designing for Pedestrians

The area that stretches between the property line on one side of a street and the property line on the other side of a street is called a public right-of-way here in Toronto. It may actually be called something entirely different in other cities and countries.[read more]

Hive Farm Proposes Plug and Play Vertical Farming

September 24, 2014 by Tyler Caine

Verticle Farming Innovation

While the interest in the prospects of Vertical Farming have picked up over the last few years with the topic finding its way into more articles and design competitions, we have yet to see a corresponding surge in prototypes going into construction.[read more]

Open House: Take a Look Inside London's Most Inspiring Buildings

September 24, 2014 by This Big City

London Architecture and Inspiration

It’s that time of year again – when buildings across London open their doors to the general public as part of Open House London. Over 800 buildings are involved, alongside a program of neighborhood walks, engineering and landscape tours, bike rides and expert talks.[read more]

When Rent Control Goes Too Far

September 23, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly
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Rent Control Excess

I was catching up with a friend of mine over coffee this morning and he was telling me about his recent trip to Porto, Portugal. The center of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But he was also telling me how eerie it was to see so many abandoned and decaying buildings.[read more]

Sustainability, Adaptation, Resilience, Building Integrated Agriculture and a Black Eye

September 22, 2014 by Oscar Rodriguez
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Urbanism and a Black Eye

If "resilience" is to be the next "thing" in climate change discourse, we should be aware that it implies a war-like footing. If climate change and resource constriction are challenges to be fought, we should be careful in our choice of "guard hands" and look to approaches that offer flexibility.[read more]

Debating Starchitecture: A Mile High View

September 22, 2014 by Dean Saitta

Starchitecture and Civic Space

Witold Rybczynski started the latest go-round over the issue with a recent piece for the New York Times Magazine. In the essay, Rybczynski laments the globalization of civic architecture by a handful of internationally known practitioners or “starchitects.”[read more]

Milan on Water: Navigli, the Planning Legacy of Leonardo da Vinci

September 21, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Water and Milan

The term “naviglio” is the Italian term for “canal.” Therefore, “Navigli” the plural of “naviglio,” is the name for the artificial canals of Milan. They were built between 1179 (Naviglio Grande) and the 16th century (Naviglio Martesana) with the purpose of making Milan accessible from the Ticino and Adda rivers.[read more]

We Should Look at Urban Nature More Through the Eyes of Children 

September 21, 2014 by The Nature of Cities
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Kids and Urban Nature

Environmental perception by people is complex and dynamic. Individuals are active agents in their perceptions of nature—not passive receivers of information—while the environment is a global unity on which environmental processes within cities are based.[read more]

Discover Paris' Little Belt

September 20, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Hidden Little Belt

Since 2011, photographer Pierre Folk has traversed Paris’ Petite Ceinture, or Little Belt Railway, which has been abandoned since the 1930s. Apparently, discussions have been ongoing in Paris since last year about the future of the old line.[read more]