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World's Largest Underground Trampolines Now Open to Upbeat Cave Explorers

July 12, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Underground Trampolines!

Adventurous and non-claustrophobic explorer-types have typically relied on climbing equipment and headlamps to venture into caves below the earth’s surface. The Bounce Below Arena at Zip World Titan in Wales is now offering visitors an entirely different experience.[read more]

Landlords Forced to Update Bedsit and Studio Style Apartments in Dublin, Ireland

July 12, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Dublin and Landlords

Since new regulations came into effect in Dublin, it is impossible to deny their impact on the housing market. The increase in the number of houses coming on the market that are divided into a number of individual units is undeniable and for-sale signs have popped up outside many places.[read more]

Heritage In Danger: The Desrochers House, St-Leonard District, Montreal

July 11, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Local History and Preservation

Thanks to sites being registered on the annual Heritage Montreal list of endangered sites, in 2013, the media brought to light the St-Leonard housing co-op and its sneaky disappearance – which was caused by the lack of a regulatory framework in the St-Leonard district.[read more]

Insider's View of Lagos with Architect Rem Koolhaas [VIDEO]

July 11, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Rem Koolhaas and Lagos

Receive a first-hand account of architect Rem Koolhaas’ experiences working as a professional architect in the bustling city of Lagos. Koolhaas speaks about his life carrying a dualistic personality as a professional architect and curious human being into the city.[read more]

Voices of the City: Papa Omotayo

July 10, 2014 by Future Cape Town

City Voices

Voices of the City spotlights the everyday lives of our citizens, living and working in cities. By asking the same five questions to all our interviewees, we discover not only how our experiences of differ, but also what we share. This week, we interview Papa Omotayo, Architect and Lagos resident for 9 years.[read more]

How the East and West Sides of Portland Unified to Become One City

July 10, 2014 by Tazmine Loomans

Portland United

In 1880, Portland was still a small railroad town with only 17,000 residents on the west side of the Willamette and a few hundred more scattered on the east side. It was more of a country town than a bustling city. The population was a mix of Europeans and Chinese.[read more]

Moving Beyond "Smart Growth" to a More Holistic City Agenda

July 9, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

Smart Growth and Beyond

I have spent most of the last twenty years working on an agenda grounded in, for lack of a better phrase, “smart growth.” That agenda basically holds that our regions must replace suburban sprawl with more compact forms of growth and development.[read more]

Finding Freedom in the Walkable Neighborhood

July 9, 2014 by This Big City

Urban Walkability and Urban Freedom

From the beginning of the car age, cars have been marketed to us as tickets to freedom. In our own cars, we can choose our individual path and get to our destination quickly, unimpeded by the inconvenience/lack of speed of walking or public transportation.[read more]

Why Constraints Can Be a Good Thing for Design

July 9, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Urban Design Innovation with Constraint

I was reading the New York Times this morning and I stumbled upon an interesting article about Shubert Alley. I wasn’t aware of Shubert Alley, but I’m sure many of you probably are. It’s a 300-foot long pedestrian-only alley in the theater district of New York.[read more]

The Underground City: Beneath the Surface of Montreal, Quebec

Montreal Underground

The name “Underground City” draws many varied images of a thriving metropolis lying deep beneath crowded city streets. Instead, these subterranean spaces contain a network of links to transportation, commercial, recreational, and residential uses.[read more]

Illusion of Local: Why Zoning for Greater Density Will Fail to Make Housing More Affordable

July 8, 2014 by Jim Russell

Density and Housing Markets

Gentrification is an urban policy problem in need of a theory. Instead of theory, we have the geographic illusion of local: The current landscape is the result of community decisions. Gentrifiers, outsiders who move into a neighborhood, cause real estate prices to appreciate and displace more tenured residents.[read more]

Inadvertence as a First Principle of Urbanism

July 8, 2014 by Chuck Wolfe

Inadvertence and Urbanism

In the urbanist dialogue, we don’t often speak about the value of inadvertence in urban settings, but spontaneous interludes often inspire us in a “look at that” sort of way. While visiting urban gathering places, I usually have my eyes open for such sudden, unique (and often private) moments in public spaces.[read more]