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Placemaking

Does Urban Authenticity Matter?

November 24, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

How Important is Urban Truth?

What does it mean for a place to be authentic? What if some savvy developer created new blast furnaces and inserted them into their new neighborhood in order to simulate the feel of an old industrial steelworks? Would that change how you felt about the space and area?[read more]

A New Guide to Denver's Landscapes

November 22, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Denver Landscapes

In advance of the 2014 ASLA Annual Meeting in Denver, The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) has unveiled What’s Out There Denver, the first in a new series of free web-based, city-focused guides. TCLF’s guide covers more than 150 years of landscape design history and city shaping in Denver.[read more]

From Vacant Lot to Garden Spot: LA-Based Nonprofit Greens Up Blighted Land

November 22, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Fixing Blighted Urban Land

Los Angeles-headquartered From Lot to Spot is true to its name—the organization transforms unused, vacant lots into vibrant spots of green space and parkland. According to founder Viviana Franco, they have spearheaded several urban and community garden initiatives throughout Southern California.[read more]

Belval: From Luxembourg's Largest Steelworks to Mixed-Use Community

November 22, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Urbanism and Community Building Reclamation

Belval is a neighborhood in the west end of Luxembourg’s second largest city, Esch-sur-Alzette. The neighborhood used to consist of the largest steelworks in the country. But with the decline of steel production, the area fell into decline. Today, it’s being reborn as a 21st century mixed-use community.[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]

Non-Diversified Economic Markets in Detroit, Michigan: Autos and Now Agriculture

November 19, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Detroit Markets

Detroit, Michigan’s urban agriculture has been enjoying stunning popularity for several years. From a city in exponential decline since the national financial crisis of the end of the last decade, the city’s citizens are eager to promote a new paradigm that could help save the city from bankruptcy.[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]

On Learning from Urban Immersion

November 17, 2014 by Chuck Wolfe

Urban Immersion Education

How we experience purchases of coffee and baked goods may sound fairly trivial, and elitist. But, based on my current immersion in the south of France, I have come to think these simple interactions offer valuable lessons for how to live in neighborhoods and cities.[read more]

Parks: In a Golden Age, Without Two Nickels?

November 12, 2014 by City Parks Blog

Urban Parks and Innovation

It has been a good couple of weeks for news about city parks. Many of them have been featured in the press with a focus on the value they bring to cities. But in spite of all this good news about parks and the value they generate, most cities are still struggling to find enough revenue to operate and maintain them.[read more]

'Sweet Rebellion': Reclaiming India's Streets with Raahgiri Day

November 12, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces

Street Reclamation

Streets in India are famous for being epicenters of life and activity, and equally infamous for being traffic nightmares. Everyone with a desire to be on the streets finds a way to claim their space. Pedestrians play chicken with truck drivers, who dodge SUVs. There is an extreme lack of regulation and control.[read more]

Inspiring People: Mitchell Silver, Commissioner of the New York Parks Department

November 11, 2014 by Kristen Jeffers

New York Parks Commissioner

You know how you admire someone’s work from afar for years, hear all kinds of wonderful things about them, meet them over and over, and continue to learn more? That’s how I feel about the inspiring person I’ve chosen for this week, Mitchell Sliver, FAICP, Commissioner of the New York Parks Department.[read more]