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The Power of Pattern Languages: a Q&A with Dave Pollard

May 28, 2015 by Neal Gorenflo

Pattern categories 

A conversation between Dave Pollard, one of the core members of the nonprofit collective that produced the Group Works deck, and sharing and political activist Paxus Calta. They discuss what these pattern languages are, why they’re important, and how they’re being used.[read more]

Top 10 Most Likely Architectural Advancements in Next 50 Years

May 28, 2015 by David Thorpe

Floating cities to combat rising sea levels

A list of the top 10 Most Likely Architectural Advancements of the next 50 years has been offered by a panel of experts. The expansion of cities will continue, with humans both burrowing deep down to carve out more living space and launching floating cities to adapt to rising sea levels due to climate change.[read more]

Placemaking Ideas that are Ripe for Scaling Up

May 28, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Robson Square in Vancouver

To showcase this diversity of talent in the Placemaking movement, the Placemaking Leadership Council’s annual “Placemaking Roundup" this year saw members give brief presentations describing their recent projects and initiatives. The theme was “Ideas Ripe for Scaling Up”. Watch the videos here.[read more]

9 Examples of What Happens When Authorities Make The Data They Own Publicly Accessible

May 28, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Africa is getting smarter

What ripple effects occur when authorities make the data they own publicly accessible? Since Cape Town launched its open data policy, we found these 9+ examples of open data used effectively.[read more]

Finding Community in Chaos: Inspiring Stories of Post-Disaster Social Resilience

May 27, 2015 by This Big City

Iron Market, Haiti after the quake

After the Nepal earthquakes, and all natural disasters, a strong sense of community contributes to the process of rebuilding what was lost and rejuvenating broken places. Ecological and social memories emerge and cooperation and collaboration become pillars in collectively help the means for people to recreate the places they love and build a sense of community amidst crisis.[read more]

Why Covered and Street Markets are Crucial to City Center Vitality

May 27, 2015 by Julian Dobson

Bury's Street Market

What is at stake is not just markets but the character and vitality of our town and city centres. Planners have swallowed the myth of ‘retail-led regeneration’, imagining that shiny new shopping centres will revive their towns. In the process the traditional markets are often left behind, physically distanced from new developments and reduced to a curiosity.[read more]

What are Urban Design and Master Planning?

May 27, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

15 principles of wholeness in urban design

Urban Design and Master-planning defined in under 250 words each. The definitions will be used in an online application developed for the American Institute of Architects. Finding young, gifted and creative people who are willing to choose urban design as their profession is vitally important to the future well-being of the planet.[read more]

21 Easy Measures to Promote Pedestrianism and Complete Streets

May 26, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

Let's make walking attractive, safe and fun.

21 easy things that should be done in a city to make it truly pedestrian friendly. Many of these items could be implemented quickly, because they are neither expensive, nor rocket science. This is tactical urbanism for 'complete streets' to promote safe walking.[read more]

Why Architects Must Do More to Improve Housing for the Future City

May 26, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Young Urbanists of Cape Town

Architecture must move away from the glossy architecture we are fed daily, and grapple with the complex conditions that urban peripheries tend to present because everyone deserves good design. Report of a presentation by Luyanda Mpahlwa, of Design Space Africa and Alfredo Brillembourg of Urban Think Tank to a group of Young Urbanists,[read more]

The Top 10 Happiest Countries and What Makes Them Happy

May 26, 2015 by Neal Gorenflo

Reasons to be cheerful – nice city

Everyone wants to be happy, and increasingly countries around the world are looking at happiness as an indicator of national well-being and considering happiness in policy-making. This year’s World Happiness Report describes what makes people happy, and which countries have the highest levels of happiness.[read more]

Blue Urbanism: The Next Frontier For Linking People In Cities to Nature

May 22, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Blue Urbanism book review

Cities should be designed in a way to enable citizens to have daily contact with the natural world. Since we're 70% water this book suggests ways to bring the 'blue belt' closer to us through amazing examples and practical suggestions from all over the world.[read more]

6 River Cities Offering Lessons in Resilience and How to Adapt to Climate Change

May 22, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Los Angeles River Revitalization 

In the era of climate change, cities with rivers can find creative responses to a changing environment. Each river city has a dynamic relationship with its river, so communities that depend on them must always strive to improve their adaptability and resilience. Here are several examples.[read more]