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Urban Planning

Moscow To Double In Size Over 20 Years

Posted 09.13.2011 | World

Moscow officials have approved an ambitious plan to more than double the Russian capital's size in an effort to alleviate the city's chronic overcrowd...

Saying Goodbye to "Leave it to Beaver" Urbanism?

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 09.10.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Long protected by cultural position -- and zoning setbacks -- is the classic Leave it to Beaver lot configuration really part of a sustainable future?

Creating the Livable, Walkable Community

John M. Eger | Posted 09.07.2011 | Green
John M. Eger

One of the more interesting and exciting aspects of the "new urbanism" movement is that the next paradigm could well be much more than the return to the close-knit community of small villages and towns.

Pondering Artifacts of Displacement in the Sustainable City

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 09.04.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

If our cities must be dense to be competitive and sustainable, we must also look with care to the potential displacement of uses, institutions or traditions -- not to mention the artifacts we will leave behind.

Political Schizophrenia in Detroit

Kirk Cheyfitz | Posted 09.04.2011 | Politics
Kirk Cheyfitz

The mayor of Detroit, a businessman turned novice politician, is failing to provide the political leadership necessary to turn one of America's most troubled towns in a new direction.

Sydney's Unusual Population Control Method

The Guardian | Alison Rourke | Posted 08.29.2011 | World

With its sparkling harbour, enticing beaches and a climate to die for, Sydney is regularly rated as one of world's top ten most liveable cities. But f...

Making Sense of the City

Todd Reisz | Posted 08.27.2011 | Books
Todd Reisz

Just about every writer in this installment makes it clear: each city is unique. But that doesn't settle our craving to look for what makes a city a city.

Exploring the Immediacy of the In-Between Place

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 08.27.2011 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

The archaeology of today's urban regions need not be excavation-based. One trick allows the illusion of memory through photographic tools.

Corners as the Baseline for Urbanism

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 08.12.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

More so than public squares -- which require a conscious set-aside of assembled space -- corners naturally result from crossroads, the elemental feature of travel between places.

PHOTOS: Architecture Of The Future?

Adel Zakout | Posted 02.27.2012 | Arts
Adel Zakout

The 1926 sci-fi masterpiece Metropolis by Fritz Lang opens with a stunning sequence of machinery in motion, followed by an anonymous workers' crowd de...

Planning and Building for the Future, Dead: Round Up the Usual Suspects

Frank Gruber | Posted 08.08.2011 | Books
Frank Gruber

If Jane Jacobs showed the way with The Death and Life of Great American Cities, why did so few follow it? Why have the 50 years since publication of the book been so disastrous for American cities?

Creating the Urban Diary

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 08.07.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Cities are hubs of human interaction, and the urban experience can be enhanced by authentic participation in the dynamics of a place and transitions to nearby venues.

The Quality of Whose Life? Final Part

Paul Boden | Posted 08.03.2011 | Politics
Paul Boden

This is the final part in "The Quality of Whose Life?" series. It focuses on the proliferation of repressive and discriminatory "quality of life" laws...

Exploring Simple Urban Amenities at the Public Edge

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 08.02.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

What if American cities legislated brighter color amid windows, balconies planted green and encouraged flags and hanging laundry? What if homeowner associations and rental contracts required vegetation and decoration?

Making Big Urban Ideas Happen Through Idea Management

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 07.27.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Once a big idea is vetted -- whether in an authoritarian or democratic way -- what assures its success? Most particularly, what if, from Day One, the vision pushes comfort zones of the achievable; politically, legally or monetarily?

After the Obama Speeches: Reflections on Urban Sustainability

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 07.19.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Could sustainability principles pave the path to peace? President Obama's strategic statements about the Middle East last Thursday (and as clarified ...

Framing the Question of Place in Portland

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 07.16.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

2011-05-16-Portland.jpgPortland has captured the imagination of a new generation of city-oriented populists.

Coloring the Urban Experience

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 07.11.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

How can we marshal the potential of urban color while retaining a legally appropriate balance between public regulation of the private realm?

Proxy Wars: More on Reconsidering Jane Jacobs

Frank Gruber | Posted 07.11.2011 | Books
Frank Gruber

What the New Urbanists take from Jane Jacobs is what nearly every other planner or urbanist working today takes from Jacobs regardless in what context they work: a set of pro-urban values. Love of the city.

Inspiring the Redefinition of Urban Public Space

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 07.06.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Here, from afar, is more evidence that street and square, beach and byway all have a greater and unrealized multipurpose capacity, ripe for recalibration in ever-evolving America.

Detroit Turns to Children To Plan Its Future

Posted 07.05.2011 | Education

Recent plans for Detroit's urban renewal came from an unexpected group: children, who will arguably be most affected by the city's future development....

Visioning Neighborhood and the City, Then and Now

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 06.21.2011 | Chicago
Charles R. Wolfe

Today's efforts to recreate elements of the city, of whatever prescription of urbanism (e.g., "new," "landscape" or "ecological"), often turn on issues once considered in design competitions long forgotten.

Istanbul To Be Split In Two?

The Guardian | Justin Vela in Istanbul | Posted 06.18.2011 | World

Istanbul is renown as the place where east meets west, the only city in the world to straddle Europe and Asia. But it may soon lose this unique status...

Urban Engines -- American Cities Must Grow

Greg Selkoe | Posted 06.11.2011 | Politics
Greg Selkoe

My name is Greg Selkoe and I am an entrepreneur. This is a phrase I am proud of and no matter what the activity, whether it was when I worked at City ...

Will Guzzardi

Industrial Corridor In Pilsen Becoming Cutting-Edge 'Green Street'

HuffingtonPost.com | Will Guzzardi | Posted 06.14.2011 | Chicago

Heading west from the Dan Ryan Expressway on the near South Side of Chicago, Cermak Road is a wide, industrial street, lined on its south side with wa...