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Placemaking

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]

Decoding the Place Between Places

September 22, 2014 by Chuck Wolfe
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In-Between Spaces

Many promote urban walkability, but for several years, I have focused on inter-urban, or, even inter-settlement walkability. Strolls through such “places between” not only highlight the virtues of walking itself, but also invoke the universal transitions between distinct locales and the amorphous rural countryside.[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]

The Demand for Character Office Space

September 19, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Office Space Demand

Recently, the Toronto Star published an article talking about the growing demand for character office buildings in submarkets outside of Toronto’s core. Specifically, it was talking about the Downtown West and Liberty Village submarkets (citing a report from CBRE).[read more]

Transforming In-Between Spaces for the Benefit of Urban Communities

September 18, 2014 by This Big City

Spaces and Urban Communities

In-between spaces, perceived as frontiers and borders, are the spaces that divide territories within our cities, neighbourhoods and towns. In our minds, they are understood as “non-places”, under-utilised spaces that are often associated with dirty, derelict and unsafe areas of the city.[read more]

Public Space in Motion, from Nice, France [VIDEO]

September 17, 2014 by Chuck Wolfe

People in Motion

The motion of people in places like traditional public spaces in Nice, France is a fascinating subject of study. It involves everything from cafe culture, tram public transportation, buses, cars, pedestrians, to how the space acts as a place of public meeting and communication for the local population.[read more]

No Innovation Without Migration: Do Places Make People?

September 17, 2014 by Jim Russell

Relation of Innovation and Migration

Place happens when people reside in a geographic space. People make places. On the other hand, do places make people? The bigger the city, the greater the innovation rate. Mathematics tells us that. The number crunching doesn’t explain why we observe a certain quality of place associated with innovative activities.[read more]

The Option of Sensing the City

September 15, 2014 by Chuck Wolfe

An Urban Sense

Sensing the city is a personal experience owned by each of us. From a legal perspective, it is an urban property right that transcends public and private domains. It is a form of place-decoding that deserves more illustration and attention.[read more]

5 x 5: A Powerful Commentary on Gentrification in Washington, D.C.

September 14, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Gentrification in D.C.

The Washington, D.C. Commission on Arts and Humanities just seriously upped their game with their latest city-wide temporary public art project called 5 x 5. Five curators brought 25 artists’ site-specific installations to all 8 wards. Each piece we toured highlights an aspect of the District’s changing identity.[read more]

Prototype a New Market Street

September 14, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Market Street Design

A new design competition will transform San Francisco’s Market Street into a “public platform” for three days in April 2015, showcasing ways to further improve this iconic civic space. According to the organizers, the Prototyping Festival will invite diverse designers to interact with the equally as diverse communities.[read more]

Casa Futebol: Transforming Brazil's Empty Stadiums into Housing

September 13, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Futebol and Housing

What should we do with the infrastructure built on the occasion of a major sporting event such as the soccer World Cup? This question seems to arises each time, whether about the Olympic Games or any other international competition.[read more]

How Smartwatches Will Augment Location

September 11, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Smart Clothing and Location

So the rumors were right. Apple released a watch. So what does this even mean? It means walking into a restaurant and having a tip pop up on your watch telling you what the best dish is. It’s driving down the street and having your watch notify you that there’s an open house 3 blocks away.[read more]