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Redevelopment & Infill

Repurposing the Public Toilets of Dublin, Ireland

April 19, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Dublin Public Toilets

Dotted around Dublin there are dozens of former “public conveniences” or public toilets now unused, boarded and chained shut. These small, single story Victorian and Edwardian units were once an essential part of everyday life for many Dubliners.[read more]

Cutting the Super Block Down to Size

April 16, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Super Blocks

To accommodate the millions coming in from the countryside each year, China’s cities are tearing down their old human-scale, socially-rich neighborhoods, with their meandering, bicycle-friendly streets, and putting in highways and incredibly isolating towers set amid vacant-feeling “super blocks.”[read more]

Green Buildings Bring Vertical Forests to the City

April 15, 2014 by Derek Wong

Verticle Forests

Visually stunning and environmentally progressive condo buildings and office towers are appearing in Europe and Asia in recent years, including the Bosco Verticale in Milan, Hearst Tower in New York, and Urban Cactus in Rotterdam. Corporations and condo developers take note.[read more]


UK Announces £1bn for Three New Garden Cities

April 15, 2014 by David Thorpe

The first ever garden city at Letchworth.

The UK government has announced that it wishes to see three new garden cities built in the south of England. It has pledged £1 billion of funding and created a new body, the Urban Development Corporation to drive forward their development, along with another garden city announced last month at Ebbsfleet, east of London.[read more]

Placebook: Loving the Un-Loveable Building

April 12, 2014 by Kristen Jeffers

Unloveable Building

In honor of returning to my alma mater (the undergraduate one), North Carolina State University, for our annual PR Day, I wanted to take a moment and talk about its most unusual building. The one I want to really discuss is Harrelson Hall.[read more]

Regeneration by Shopping: Sheffield's Missed Opportunity to Rethink City Development

April 11, 2014 by This Big City

Sheffield Shopping and Growth

When shopping centre developer Hammerson walked away from Sheffield’s much-vaunted New Retail Quarter last year, it could have been a blessing in disguise. Here was an opportunity to radically rethink the ‘mall without walls’ template for city centre regeneration.[read more]

Post-Conflict Reconstruction Is Dead

April 10, 2014 by Mitchell Sutika Sipus

Post-Conflict Rebuilding


I have argued that post-conflict reconstruction is a thing of the past, but only recently did I realize that this issue needs attention. There is an inconsistency in language in which I find many planners label post-war reconstruction and post-disaster reconstruction as same things, which they are not.[read more]

Who Are the Real Investors in Our Cities?

April 7, 2014 by Julian Dobson

City Investors

What is an investor? The usual answer to that question is someone with money. We need investors, the received wisdom goes, because they’ll develop property, build businesses and create jobs. The logic then proceeds on the assumption that to attract investors we have to do what investors want.[read more]

Cruise Ship Terminal in Port of Seville Deploys Shipping Containers

April 6, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

Shipping Container Uses

Shipping containers continue gaining popularity in architectural circles. In the Port of Seville, architects Hombre de Piedra and Buró4 have designed a new cruise ship terminal, recycling used shipping containers. This trend is looking quite stylish.[read more]

Helping Neighbors Plan Their Own Communities' Future: A Model for Inclusive Revitalization

April 1, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

Renewal and Participation

Sustainable neighborhoods are the building blocks of sustainable cities. Neighborhoods are where development decisions are made and where increments of change actually take place, as well as where residents and workers experience the city environment on an everyday basis.[read more]

The Secret to Constructing Cities in a Non-Destructive Way

April 1, 2014 by This Big City

Constructing Non-Destructively

We’ve probably all heard stories about the atrocities mankind has committed against different cultural heritage through the loss of historical artefacts. But now we can build new developments without destroying buried history, with the correct use of ground-penetrating radar.[read more]

Why Do We Write About Cities?

March 31, 2014 by Chuck Wolfe

Writing About Cities

While data and catch-phrases have merit to enhance background principles and to support goals, so does the sense of wonder with which people explain where they live, and ask about how other places are different, day-to-day, at the human scale.[read more]