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How Does Moving a Prison Complex Support Development in Baltimore City?

September 23, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Baltimore Prison Location

Crime creates the need for undesirable land uses such as prison complexes, and this particular prison is a physical manifestation of the stigma created by Baltimore’s notoriety as a crime-heavy city. Does removing the prison get rid of the real problem of crime?[read more]

When Rent Control Goes Too Far

September 23, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

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]

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City-dwellers Around The World Call on Politicians to Act on Climate Change

September 22, 2014 by David Thorpe

Peoples Climate March NYC 

According to CBS News there were 300,000. Marching, Singing, waving banners, taking over the whole of downtown Manhattan. Around the world, a total of 580,000 were estimated to have participated in demonstrations in 2,000 cities yesterday. Politicians are being scrutinized in advance of this week's crucial UN meeting.[read more]

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

September 22, 2014 by Oscar Rodriguez

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]

No Innovation Without Migration: The Harlem Renaissance

September 22, 2014 by Jim Russell

Migration and Culture and Innovation

While Harlem may have been celebrated in legend and song as the world’s “black mecca,” the Harlem Renaissance had roots and branches extending far beyond Upper Manhattan. It was a state of mind that connected a community of artists all across the country.[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]

Bike Paths Return the Streets to Children in São Paulo, Brazil

September 22, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Bike Paths for Kids in Brazil

An interesting and very important phenomenon has begun to take shape on the streets of São Paulo: reclaiming public space for children. Places that were previously wasted on private vehicles are now being converted for public use. And among new users are the children of the city.[read more]

Lagos State Amends Urban Regional Planning and Development Law

September 22, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Lagos Planning and Legislation

Lagos's State Governor signed into law a bill amending the Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law. The amended law lifted the restriction on employment of General Manager of the State’s Urban Renewal Authority, making other professionals in urban renewal and development eligible for the position.[read more]

The Challenge of the Century: Maarten Hajer

September 21, 2014 by Future Cape Town
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Challenge of the Future

It has been estimated that over 70% of the world’s population shall be living in cities by 2050. This means that over the next 40 years we shall be witnessing a mass exodus of over 2 billion people to the cities hoping to make their homes there.[read more]

KC Healthy Kids: Combating Childhood Obesity in Kansas City, Missouri

September 20, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Fighting Childhood Obesity in Kansas City

Diet and exercise are important factors affecting health. In an effort to battle childhood obesity across the nation and in our communities, KC HealthyKids is empowering children to eat healthy foods and lead more active and healthier lifestyles.[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]

A Preview Tour of London's Cheesegrater [VIDEO]

September 20, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Touring the Cheese Grater

Lead architect Graham Stirk, of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, takes us inside of one of the latest and largest additions to London’s skyline: ‘The Cheesegrater’ – aka the Leadenhall building. Standing at 225m, the Leadenhall Building will be the tallest office tower ever to be built in Britain.[read more]