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Little Free Libraries and the Importance of the Unexpected

February 27, 2015 by Bradley Calvert

Little Free Libraries

The little free library embodies everything that communities and cities need to create an active and unique neighborhood. It is the real and original sharing economy and they are the origins of tactical urbanism. It is for the community good and it asks for nothing in return.[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
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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]

Managing Tables and Chairs in the Public Realm

February 26, 2015 by Brian Phelps

Tables, Chairs, and Public Spaces

Local coffee shops vying to be the neighborhood’s “third place” understand the importance of providing tables and chairs for their customers. They understand while some people may want to lounge in sofas that, per square foot, tables and chairs are a far more useful and appealing option to a wider array of customers.[read more]

REVEALED: The Most Segregated Cities in North America

February 26, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

North America and Urban Segregation

The Martin Prosperity Institute in Toronto has just released a new study called Segregated City: The Geography of Economic Segregation in America’s Metros that reveals the physical sorting and separation of advantaged and disadvantaged groups within cities.[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]

Placemaking and Place-Led Development: A New Paradigm for Cities of the Future

February 24, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Placemaking Development

At the Urban Age Conference, head of UN-Habitat Joan Clos stressed the need for a new paradigm for shaping communities around the world. When asked if that meant that government(s) would need to change as well, Dr. Clos replied with a brief and direct “yes,”. Simply having a public space often isn’t enough.[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]

The Nature of Holy Cities

February 23, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Holy Cities and Green Spaces

While it is undoubtedly true that thousands of cities around the world share a wide spectrum of common denominators, from garbage to biodiversity, it is perhaps important to examine common urban denominators that are not universal, but are shared by a significant number of cities around the world.[read more]

Will an Ideas Competition Improve Informal Trading Conditions in Cape Town?

February 23, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Street trading in Cape Town

Cape Town has issued an exciting global ideas competition to improve informal trading in the city, calling for innovative solutions to enhance and strengthen the sector and solve the many problems street trading faces in the city.Informal trade represents 12% of Cape Town’s economy and is important.[read more]

Peak Millennial or a City for All?

February 21, 2015 by Bradley Calvert

There is peak oil, peak car and now, peak millennial? According to an article in Business Insider there is becoming such a thing. It should come as no suprise but we will run out of young professionals to recruit to our cities and will need to work on retaining residents if our urban communities are to be sustainable.[read more]