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Let's Return Our Cities To The People Who Live There

Pascal Mittermaier | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics
Pascal Mittermaier

It's taken almost 60 years, but we are finally realizing the error we made when the United States built highways through the middle of its cities, displacing and isolating hundreds of thousands of residents, and we're beginning to do something about it.

City Planning without People: The Slow Development Alternative

Arden Henley | Posted 06.08.2016 | Politics
Arden Henley

In some areas of Vancouver, change feels like a developers' feast. Strangers with unsolicited offers to purchase appear at the door, inducements to pa...

How Inspired Architecture Can Connect Billions of People in Asia

April Rudin | Posted 06.02.2016 | Business
April Rudin

Just a few weeks ago, I traveled to Hong Kong, a major hub of business connectivity in Asia, for the second time in two years. I had been invited to p...

Cities Aren’t Designed For Women. Here’s Why They Should Be.

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 04.27.2016 | Women

At first glance, a gathering of 60 or so women in Detroit earlier this month looked like a typical networking event -- a few speeches, lots of minglin...

How Cyclists Are Causing Cities Worldwide To Rethink Bike Safety

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 12.08.2015 | Impact

Calling from a hotel room in San Francisco last week, Swedish filmmaker Fredrik Gertten marveled at the swell of bikers he'd seen that morning while w...

Cities, Inequality and the Common Good

Sheila Foster | Posted 11.02.2015 | World
Sheila Foster

On his first visit to the United States, Pope Francis curiously chose to spend his time in three of our largest cities--New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. As a Pope deeply concerned with social and economic inequality, perhaps this was no coincidence.

A City in Flow Motion: An Architecture Cruise Through Space and Time

Jack Skelley | Posted 07.28.2016 | Travel
Jack Skelley

Perhaps most notable are London's iconic new skyscrapers popularly renamed for their shapes. The Shard is the Renzo Piano-designed 87-storey sheath piercing the sky. (And shattering sales records, reportedly, for its condominium apartments.)

How to Make Smart Growth More Lovable and Sustainable

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 06.29.2016 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

The smart growth characteristics of these older neighborhoods make them terrific for the environment and for public health: they reduce transportation emissions by obviating driving trips and shortening those that people do take; they save land by keeping development compact and obviating additional increments of sprawl; they promote physical fitness and health with walkability.

The 9 Worst-Designed Cities in the World

Thrillist | Posted 06.22.2015 | HuffPost Home
Thrillist

By: Gianni Jaccoma Credit: Shutterstock.com From sky-scraping metropoles to up-and-coming centers breaking the "large town" mold, cities come in al...

Why I'm Betting On Cities And Data

Michael R. Bloomberg | Posted 06.20.2015 | Impact
Michael R. Bloomberg

How can cities rise to meet big new challenges -- and serve more and more people -- with resources that are always stretched thin? By finding smart ways to use a resource that is always growing: Data. And more and more cities are doing exactly that.

Contextualizing Approaches to Urbanization

David Adjaye | Posted 02.09.2015 | Arts
David Adjaye

The city is a perpetually incomplete project; it is constantly being remade and reshaped by the changing state of our world, whether by the interventions of its governing bodies or the powerful actions of its residents. Architecture can and must speak to this adaptability, as both a technology and reflection of social change.

Open the Door to an Inclusive NYC

Mark Levine | Posted 10.13.2014 | New York
Mark Levine

At its best, New York City is a place where people from all walks of life live together and interact with each other. But a new residential tower rising on Manhattan's west side tears at that tradition.

Pink Pipes Are Blocking Berlin Apartments -- And They're Totally Wild

The Huffington Post | Samantha Toscano | Posted 07.21.2014 | HuffPost Home

Only in Berlin can you wake up, walk to your window, draw the curtains and be greeted by none other than some hot pink historic piping... ...

In Control Ben Kallos Attacks Out of Control Trash Plan

Matthew Chapman | Posted 05.24.2014 | New York
Matthew Chapman

The trash plan itself is already archaic. This particular part of it is a disaster. For reasons that no one quite understands, de Blasio has not yet sent it the way of stop and frisk, although he or the next mayor will eventually have to.

For Atlanta, Some Hard-Won Lessons from Jakarta

Christopher Silver, Ph.D. | Posted 04.13.2014 | Green
Christopher Silver, Ph.D.

True, snow in Atlanta is a rare occurrence. Perhaps this isolated event exposes some fundamental flaws in how a quintessential American city operates.

The Streets of Miami: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (PHOTOS)

Marianne Cusato | Posted 03.30.2014 | Miami
Marianne Cusato

Great streets make great places. Lousy streets result in clogged traffic and lower property values. While street design feels like a technical matter ...

Bloomberg Is Going to Teach Other Cities What?

Matthew Chapman | Posted 02.16.2014 | Politics
Matthew Chapman

If New York is so happy with Bloomberg, why did it just elect someone who is his polar opposite, a tall lefty? The truth is that despite pumping his own money into the system, Bloomberg has done a merely adequate job.

Green Infrastructure: The Design Element (Part II)

Adrian Benepe | Posted 11.25.2013 | Green
Adrian Benepe

These hyper-performing landscapes are tiny by park standards, but they bring beauty to formerly barren corners, serve as mini habitats for insects and birds, and most of all, soak up storm water.

All Aboard! Abandoned Railroad Tracks Gain New Life as Green Trails

Adrian Benepe | Posted 08.21.2013 | Green
Adrian Benepe

In cities large and small across the nation, there are efforts to transform abandoned rail lines, including some that are elevated or even below street level, into parks and trails.

Pushing Privatized "Partnership" Agenda at New York City's Public Parks -- Part 3

Cathryn Swan | Posted 10.19.2013 | New York
Cathryn Swan

People are against parks being privatized, the commercialization and sanitizing of our parks, the overarching corporate influence on these public spaces, the public increasingly being denied access to their commons, the resulting lack of transparency and accountability, and so much more.

Rebirth of America's Urban Parks Is Spurred by Citizen Involvement, So Why Is It Under Attack?

Adrian Benepe | Posted 10.14.2013 | Green
Adrian Benepe

The renaissance of urban parks -- and the attendant strengthening of cities -- is at a crossroads. The public sector, from Washington to the state houses to the mayors' offices, must provide adequate public funding for parks.

Searching for an Old City in Medellin, Colombia

Elyssa Pachico | Posted 05.27.2013 | Travel
Elyssa Pachico

"All the romantic relationships in Robledo revolved around El Jordan thanks to that jukebox," says Margarita Velez, age 72, who has spent nearly her entire life in the neighborhood.

New Orleans Considers Tearing Down Claiborne Expressway

Susan Buchanan | Posted 04.29.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article was published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Feb. 25, 2013 edition.) New Orleans officials hope to move residents toward a consensus ...

The Key to Humanity's Survival Is 'Multidisciplinary'

Tinia Pina | Posted 10.24.2013 | Impact
Tinia Pina

As cities begin to swell, each space will need to be evaluated on its purpose, design, integration of the natural habitat, sustainability and ability to aid in a city's overall resilience.

New Orleans Considers Removing Its Claiborne Overpass

Susan Buchanan | Posted 03.10.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article was published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Dec. 17, 2012 edition.) No matter where you live in New Orleans, sooner or later you'll ...