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Redevelopment & Infill

Building A Community Through Play

March 27, 2015 by Bradley Calvert

Community Play and Participation

KaBoom! are a non-profit whose goal is to increase access and opportunity to play, particularly in disadvantaged communities. This past weekend I was afforded the opportunity to participate in a playground build with them. It left me with a sense of pride having been involved with such a great community building experience.[read more]

Village in the City: A View from Kuala Lumpur

March 26, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Change in Kuala Lumpur

Kampung Baru’s vernacular architecture and human scale has remained a village within a city, with low-rise wooden detached houses, kitchens and cafes spilling into the streets, and rich social life. Ethnic Malay families from several villages were relocated here and given land rights to maintain a ‘village life.’[read more]

Using Urban Observation to 'Ghost-Bust' Places

March 25, 2015 by Chuck Wolfe

Urban Observation

In Seattle, last week, I looked across the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Olive Way, towards the Westin Hotel, noting a Seattle urbanism trifecta—the Lake Union Streetcar, the skillet food truck and one building of Amazon’s new headquarters complex under construction. I saw a ghost of a missing building.[read more]

Detroiters Agree: The Future of Downtown is Bright

March 25, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Detroit and the Future of Downtown

Beginning in 1999 with the revamping of the historic Eastern Market, through our work in Campus Martius Park, Cadillac Square, and the Detroit Riverfront, PPS has been honored to work with Detroit leaders and community members in the place-led regeneration of this spirited city.[read more]

Art Reclaims the Streets in Cape Town

March 25, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Cape Town and Public Art

Last Friday, walking in my beloved city, Cape Town was in her prime: blue skies above, and people all along St George’s Mall, ambling, sitting and chatting. There seemed to be more buskers than usual and just an energetic mood in the air, like maybe it was a holiday, despite it being the end of a long week.[read more]

Manipulate the Housing Market with this One Neat Trick

March 24, 2015 by David Edmondson

Regulations often result in unintended consequences. Money flows to find any crack in the system, after all, and often those cracks are in very odd places. Zoning and building codes are no different, and they can manipulate not just how people do business but how we built our cities.[read more]

How Arborists can Work with Developers to Preserve Green Infrastructure Under Pressure

March 24, 2015 by Leda Marritz

Green Urbanism Trends and Meaning

David Dockter, from the Planning and Community Environment and Public Works in Palo Alto, explains how to work with developers to overcome the urban pressures on the needs of – and for – trees. He describes how he helps them understand the benefits, and shows how he uses building permits and planning tools as levers.[read more]

Visionless Phnom Penh, Cambodia: How Will Rapid Development Shape its Future?

March 24, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

The Risks of Visionless Urbanization

Phnom Penh, Cambodia has had a tumultuous history that spans architectural ingenuity to human tragedy. It is currently undergoing a rapid phase of urbanization and modernization. There are mounting concerns about how such change could affect the city’s culture, atmosphere and history.[read more]

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The Fused Grid: A New Model for Planning Healthy and Liveable Developments

March 23, 2015 by Luis Rodriguez

Neighborhoods and Development Design

Much has been written about the importance of making our cities healthy and liveable and about what can be done to make them that way. However, much less has been written about when and how we should implement those principles and attributes that are essential to making our cities healthy and liveable.[read more]

A Beautiful House Design for Denser Suburbs

March 23, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

A nice three-apartment home

It’s common for many of the houses in central areas of Toronto to be converted into duplexes and triplexes or to flip back into single family homes after being subdivided for rentals. It goes to show how adaptable the single family house can be. But it’s not everyday that you see such a high end triplex being built.[read more]

How Public Art Can Reveal Urban Experiences

March 22, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Cape Town Urban Life and Art

One of the first projects to engage with the Cape Town Partnership’s City Walk placemaking project around the Company’s Gardens, St. George’s Mall and the Fan Walk, City of Lives is a project that recognizes our city’s streets as being full of interesting people.[read more]

Greening the Street for Better Public Spaces

Green Streets

Streets perform a necessary function in the life of cities, like the arteries of a complex, urban organism. As the Project for Public Spaces notes, city streets “animate the social and economic life of communities” by serving as primary sites for community interaction and exchange.[read more]