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Pop-Up Urbanism At The United Nations

Hung Vo | Posted 10.21.2016 | World
Hung Vo

The three UN-Habitat Youth Advisory Board Members during the impromptu event. Nearly 30 minutes into the scheduled side event on climate change in c...

Smart City: Better Budapest

Harpreet Kaur | Posted 10.21.2016 | Green
Harpreet Kaur

Smart City is an an urban development mission and concept we hear increasingly as a range of thinkers, technologists, architects, engineers, designers...

Government is detrimental to good development

Robert Kwolek | Posted 09.29.2016 | Impact
Robert Kwolek

Software companies tend to release regular updates which add just a few features yet still cost an arm and a leg. With most software, though, there co...

Why 'The Well-Tempered City' is a One-Stop, Urban Epic

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 09.27.2016 | Books
Charles R. Wolfe

Spoiler alert: I love epic stories with universal meaning for varied audiences around the world. In sum, that is why I think Jonathan F.P. Rose's new...

Why My Twitter Feed is Singing About Placemaking

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 09.11.2016 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

My Twitter stream is alive with the sound of placemaking.  While those are not the exact Sound of Music lyrics we remember, I am as guilty as anyone...

City Gates: Now You See Them, Now You Don't

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 09.06.2016 | Politics
Charles R. Wolfe

The city gate of old in Acaya, Italy: form follows function A year of political obsession with walls along national borders has me contemplating city...

'Pokemon Go' Solved A Major Problem With City Streets

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 07.20.2016 | Technology

The streets, parks and sprawling strip malls of America’s cities and suburbs have become infested with a new urban species: the “Pokemon Go” pla...

Observing the City: Exploring Dreams, Not Memes

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 07.20.2016 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

The participation of diverse voices in city decision-making processes is critical to successful urban change. By diverse, I mean not just professional...

New Research Report Suggests The Future Of Miami Is Bright

Rana Florida | Posted 07.05.2016 | Miami
Rana Florida

With nearly six million residents and a gross regional product topping $300 billion, Greater Miami is now comparable in size and economic power to Singapore or Hong Kong.

State of the (Real Estate) Union

Remy Raisner | Posted 06.08.2016 | Business
Remy Raisner

The national real estate picture has brightened much since the dark days of the financial crisis, and home prices are now back to near record high across the U.S., 10 years upon the prior peak. Nevertheless, the real estate market, and therefore the way we live, has evolved dramatically.

Cities Embracing Street Art for City Branding

Bart van Poll | Posted 05.30.2016 | Travel
Bart van Poll

When talking about global trends that cities all over the world are taking on, one just cannot avoid reflecting on what a huge role street art has had on urbanism in recent years. This means that throughout the years turning from vandalism into creative expression, street art has been shaping identities of cities.

From Davos: Unleashing the Power of Nature in Cities

Mark Tercek | Posted 01.24.2016 | Green
Mark Tercek

We need to unleash the power of nature to help make cities more resilient, livable and ultimately flourishing so both nature and people can thrive.

The Most Haunting Abandoned Places In New York City

Thrillist | Posted 01.14.2016 | Travel

By: Jess Novak Credit: 2E After discovering the craziest abandoned places in New York state, we decided to take another look through New York ...

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 Fork Worth Taking

Randy Howder | Posted 10.12.2016 | San Francisco
Randy Howder

"If you hit a fork in the road, take it" is one of the late Yogi Berra's greatest lines, and, for me, it really captures the dilemma -- and the opportunity -- facing the Bay Area as we move deeper into the 21st Century.

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.)

As Cities Evolve, 'Access' Is About More Than Cars

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 07.21.2016 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Questions and answers about accessing cities and neighborhoods once spoke the language of exit ramps, street widening and parking adequacy. Now, different conversations, and varied imagery, create diverse story lines, where urban policy and citizen activism converge.

Using Urban Universals to Frame City Life

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 07.14.2016 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

The two photographs below say both simple and remarkable things about how urban residents interact with each other, and the streets around them.

Watch CREATE: Detroit's Inaugural Ideas Fest on City Building

Rana Florida | Posted 07.09.2016 | Detroit
Rana Florida

Last week over 300 people turned out at the College for Creative Studies to participate in CREATE: Detroit, the inaugural ideas fest on place making and cities, led by world-renowned urbanist and professor Richard Florida.

The Key to Humanity's Future? Asian Cities

John Rossant | Posted 06.30.2016 | World
John Rossant

The rise of cities in Asia will go on to define the world as we know it. Therefore, it is essential for city leaders in these areas of rapid urban growth to take active measures to curb and solve problems, because if these problems are not addressed now, they will only worsen in the future.

How Localizing Is the Key To Our Urban Future

Michael Sorkin | Posted 05.19.2015 | World
Michael Sorkin

NEW YORK -- Ironically, in this era of exponential growth, we are witnessing the disappearance of cities. Our urbanism is becoming increasingly generic -- a Starbucks on every corner and an iPhone in every palm. We can do better.

Urban Edges and How to Define the Spaces Beyond

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 06.07.2015 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

Today's urbanist may also see a future gondola station, a walkable destination, or the potential for sustaining natural pockets amid the built environment.  But what compels such vision? I'll take a leap of faith here, in order to put a modern gloss on the human imagination that conceived the edge of the earth in Italy, long ago.

The Places America Forgot

David Fontana | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
David Fontana

What can we do to revitalize the smaller cities and towns in America, and give Americans a choice about what type of place they can call home? This is not the first time in American history we have had a problem with parts of the country being left behind. We should revisit some of the policies that worked before.

Using Urban Observation to "Ghost-Bust" Cities

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 05.26.2015 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

I saw a ghost, of a missing building from a boyhood memory -- something that Amazon might have retrofitted, today, if it were still there for the taking.

Smart Growth Takes Root in the Middle East

Anna Clark | Posted 04.28.2015 | Green
Anna Clark

Dubai's smart growth investments are expected to produce substantial economic returns. Dubai recently won the bid to host World Expo 2020, which is estimated to contribute $40 billion to the UAE economy and catalyze more investment in Dubai.