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Micro-Apartments: Making 160 Square Feet Livable in San Francisco

January 26, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Micro-Apartments in San Francisco

California’s smallest legal apartment lies in San Francisco. The 160 square foot apartment holds enough space for one person. This urban dweller’s dream is equipped with a sofa which folds out as a bed, sliding doors, resourceful storage, and a “smart bench” which transforms into a table for two.[read more]

Interview with Chris Reed on Stoss' Futuristic Landscapes

January 23, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Futuristic Landscape Architecture

Chris Reed, ASLA, is founding principal of Stoss, which won the National Design Award for landscape architecture in 2012. Reed is Associate Professor in practice of landscape architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His most recent book is 'Projective Ecologies.'[read more]

Living Inside: MONU Magazine Tackles 'Interior Urbanism'

January 23, 2015 by This Big City

Interior Urbanism

In today’s world it seems we find ourselves no longer capable of separating the places of production from places of refuge. This is the great value of discussing the meaning of the “interior” in relation to forces that produce the city and the contemporary urban structures.[read more]

A Tale of Two Cities: Turin and Milan, Italy's Agenda for Urban Innovation

January 23, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Italian Urbanism and Choices

Urban innovation is a term that has swept several major Italian cities. It refers to a city’s ability to reinvent itself through new projects. The concept has come to dominate all strategic planning in places that need to reevaluate themselves. But how do you drive urban innovation in a city?[read more]

Design Competitions in 2015: From Chicago to Dakar

January 17, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Design Competitions This Year

From Chicago to Dakar, organizations and institutions are encouraging students and urbanists from around the world to tackle relevant and pressing issues. From designing a homeless shelter, to a lakefront kiosk competition, 2015 presents many reasons and ways to get your ideas onto a global stage.[read more]


New Study Identifies How Cities Can Cut Energy Use by 25% by 2050

January 14, 2015 by David Thorpe

Found: the energy-saving wedge.

A new study of the energy use of 274 cities shows how different tactics will be necessary to reduce energy consumption in different cities. It adds that a particular effort to reduce consumption in fast-urbanising cities in Asia could potentially reduce total global energy use in cities by more than 25%.[read more]

What Makes a Great Public Market? Nominate Your Favorites

January 14, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

What's your favourite market?

When a place is great, it just clicks. We know it. You know it. These are the places we remember most vividly, the places where serendipitous things always seem to happen, the places to which we return—in the stories we tell if not in person—all throughout our lives.[read more]

Three of the World's Best 'Cities for People'

January 12, 2015 by CC Huang

Cities for People

A new Energy Innovation report, Cities for People in Practice, makes comparisons between three sustainably developed communities that present themselves as successful examples of the “cities for people” approach to urban development.[read more]

What are Vancouver's Best Public Spaces?

January 12, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Vancouver Public Spaces

Growing up in Vancouver, I didn’t really have a good understanding of what makes a lively public space. Sure, we had a seawall that wrapped around the city offering spectacular views of the ocean of mountains. It wasn’t until I took my first trip to Europe as a teenager that I saw how great a public space can be.[read more]

René Pechère Garden Restored in Brussels, Belgium

January 11, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Garden Restoration

It is without a doubt a bit offensive to speak of “The” René Pechère garden, because the famous architect and landscape architect created some 900 gardens. The Botanical Garden of Brussels and the gardens of the Museum Van Buuren in Brussels have made him famous around the world.[read more]

From Urbanizing to Urbanism, 2014, According to Facebook Cover Photos

January 7, 2015 by Chuck Wolfe

Urbanism and Photography in 2014

During a year filled with four trips abroad and two months away, many of my 2014 Facebook cover photos helped fill my yearly urban and exurban diaries. Themes address the overlapping (and therefore hardly mutually exclusive) nuances of habitation, history, cityscape, landscape, and ecology.[read more]

Viewing Urban, 2015

January 5, 2015 by Chuck Wolfe

Urbanism and the Coming Year

My first two images of the year 2015 really don’t need anything like captions or narrative. At a glance, they show the viewable factors of context and color, light and dark, land and water, nature and structure, where people work and live and more.[read more]