Sign up | Login with →

Design & Architecture

Marriage Therapy for Ecologists and Landscape Architects

February 28, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Integrating Ecology and Design

Ecologists’ interest start with an exploration of the natural world, its structure and function. Architects and landscape architects start with human needs and how constructed features can answer those needs. Of course you have these different backgrounds, and the training is so different.[read more]

Mario Schjetnan Dissects the Deeper Meaning of Place

February 27, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Place and meaning in Mexico

Pioneering Mexican landscape architect, architect, and urban designer Mario Schjetnan, FASLA, who recently spoke at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, is recognized for his built works that are fueled by a deep concern for the cities of his native Mexico.[read more]

City Ecology: There Are Egrets Near the Empire State Building

February 27, 2015 by The Nature of Cities
1

You wouldn't believe where nature can thrive.

New York Harbor is a thriving natural habitat. The mixing of fresh and salt waters, combined with a rich flow of nutrients from its watershed, makes visibility poor, and hides its vitality. It is easy to make cocktail conversation about eels, oysters, humpback whales (whales!) and the other remarkable creatures that share New York City with its people.[read more]

An A to Z of City Regeneration

February 26, 2015 by This Big City

Communications and Cities

In Italy there is a saying that goes “change from A to Z”, which essentially means wholesale change. Using this as a departure point would it be possible to rethink a city through the alphabet? This is what the AZ Genova initiative attempted over two days in the Italian city of Genoa.[read more]

Architecture as if People and the Planet Mattered

February 25, 2015 by Taz Loomans

Architecture and Purpose

What if architects designed buildings as if people and the planet mattered? Maybe a developer would hire an architect to design a strip mall. And maybe that architect would insist on visiting the site and meeting with the people that would shop there and the community where the strip mall is located.[read more]

Density is Great, But Walkability Needs More

February 25, 2015 by Tyler Caine

Walkability isn't just about density

A relatively dense neighborhood still needs to facilitate its residents to walk to more than just their neighbors. A mixture of uses that comprise daily destinations need to be within a manageable radius in order to truly reduce net vehicle miles traveled and get people out on the street.[read more]

The Great Intensification Debate: What's Better for Cities?

February 25, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Cities and Intensification

Neighborhood investment needs to be a balance between preservation and progress. This doesn’t exclusively mean high-rise intensification. It could mean removing the barriers to laneway housing.[read more]

Envisioning a New Academic Commons

February 24, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Academic Commons Design

Hundreds of students marked the kickoff of the fourth annual Vortex competition at the University of Virginia. Students from all disciplines at the School of Architecture gathered for a design workshop to envision a new academic commons along the Ivy Road corridor, an underused entry to the university.[read more]

Is America Changing Its Attitude Towards Adding Flats To Suburban Homes?

February 24, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

More suburban homes are being allowed to expand

"PADs," or private accessory dwellings, is another term for nanny flat or laneway house. Whatever you may want to call it, the concept is the same. It’s about taking a single family house and adding an additional dwelling onto that same lot. And whereas they used to be disallowed, more and more they're being approved.[read more]

The Future of Public Space Analytics

February 23, 2015 by Brian Phelps

Public Space Analysis Innovation

Public space is an essential component of any great city. It brings people together to socialize, recreate, and work. It attracts people to the city, builds relationships, and spurs innovation and new ideas that fuel a city’s economic growth. How do we optimize the investments made in these spaces?[read more]

JOIN OUR WEBINAR: Can Strong Communities Be Designed by Architects?

February 23, 2015 by David Thorpe

Must sustainability must include liveability?

Join us this Wednesday at 5pm-6pm GMT, 12pm-1pm EST, for a free webinar to explore whether and how successful communities can be designed.[read more]

5 Tips to Get Your Clubhouse Right

February 22, 2015 by Canin Associates

Neighborhoods, Centers, and Planning

A clubhouse can be a neighborhood focal point and help attract new residents to the area. However, not all amenity centers are actually created equal. From functionality to the need for aesthetic appeal, here are five tips to make your clubhouse shine.[read more]