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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]

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]

Major Revamp Planned for D.C.'s South Mall

November 21, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

National Mall Revamp

 

The new master plan for the Smithsonian’s South Mall campus, which runs from the Hirshhorn Museum all the way to the Freer Museum, is a shocker. It obliterates the existing landscape, filled with intimate nooks that invite exploration, in favor of “improved connectivity” and open plazas.[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]

A Roadmap for Sustainable Cities in the MENA Region

November 19, 2014 by Victoria Okoye

Public spaces must be preserved

Despite the difference and different context, citizens of Accra, Amman and Beirut are experiencing similar challenges in the accessibility of public spaces. Private sector interests have a shaping force in the city and prioritize commercial developments and exclusivity over social amentities, services and public spaces.[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]

Finding the Lines

November 18, 2014 by Kristen Jeffers

Housing and History

Once upon a time, the Home Owners Loan Corporation, the New Deal era agency that refinanced struggling mortgages. graded neighborhoods based on race, country of origin and other more practical and less discriminatory methods. This practice, known as “redlining” looks different in every community.[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]

Society of the Spectacles

November 18, 2014 by Cape Town Partnership

Art and Advertising

I am not an economist. I’m not in big business. This perspective on our beautiful city is from a viewpoint of skepticism, desire for democratic progress and equality. Formal public participation leaves me disenchanted, so pushing on “despite of” these challenges, if anything I’m an informal citizen.[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]

Making City Planning Cool Again

November 17, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly
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City Planning Cool

This morning my friend Mackenzie Keast sent me an interesting article from the Guardian talking about the marginalization and growing irrelevance of city planners, titled 'For the sake of our cities, it’s time to make town planning cool again.'[read more]

Guerilla Planning in Baltimore City Creates a Mix of Inclusive and Exclusive Spaces

November 17, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Guerilla Planning in Baltimore

In 2012, Baltimore City’s population grew for the first time in over six decades only to face a disappointing decline in population in 2013. The residents who remain are not blind to the city’s flaws, but choose to work through changes that come to pass in their neighborhoods.[read more]