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When Parking Garages Go Green, The Results Are Stunning

Diane Pham | Posted 02.15.2014 | Technology
Diane Pham

For many, the thought of a parking garage conjures no more than the vision of endlessly winding one's car up through a utilitarian building. While this is true of many garages, there are designers who are rethinking the form, turning these spaces into iconic architectural works while minimizing urban sprawl and environmental impact.

Building Communities of Opportunity

Jonathan F.P. Rose | Posted 01.27.2014 | Impact
Jonathan F.P. Rose

In the next 40 years, the population in the United States is projected to grow by more than 90 million people, with the majority of the expansion occurring in our nation's cities.

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.

New Yorkers Have One Million Reasons to Care for Trees

Elischia Fludd | Posted 11.27.2012 | New York
Elischia Fludd

New York neighborhoods are changing thanks to Mayor Bloomberg's initiative MillionTrees NYC, which is making the landscape of the city greener, one tree at a time. But planting trees is only the first step in improving the NYC environment.

Beat the Barclays Center Traffic Blues: Use Mass Transit

Ellen Freudenheim | Posted 05.24.2012 | New York
Ellen Freudenheim

I have a case of anticipatory road rage from being stuck in stadium traffic. To solve the anticipated parking crunch, the Barclays Center should make it harder to park, to scare drivers away from the arena. Here are 7 ideas:

The Recovery Runs Through the City

Aaron Bartley | Posted 03.18.2012 | Green
Aaron Bartley

With the folly of relying on growth in the finance sector to compensate for losses in manufacturing now brought into focus by the financial crisis, the building blocks for economic recovery and job growth are more elusive than ever.

From Green Building to Green Cities

Rob Bennett | Posted 12.17.2011 | Green
Rob Bennett

The world's greatest greening opportunity many not be saving trees, but rather making our cities self-reliant so they are less dependent on the natural order for resources.

A Skeptic Queries "The Artist as Urbanist"

Eric J. Henderson | Posted 12.05.2011 | Arts
Eric J. Henderson

Alexis Laurent is a contemporary sculptor. His work invites (and counts on) viewers to be part of it to make it whole.

A Call for Urban Doctors

Gordon Gill | Posted 11.28.2011 | Green
Gordon Gill

By looking at our assets holistically, we can create a fully integrated, intelligent approach to the greening of cities, one that combines carbon savings with an increased quality of life.

Experiencing the Sonata of Urban Density (VIDEO)

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 11.20.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Take a creative break from today's active discussions about the benefits of urban density with a sonata that examines compact development examples from across the world.

Confronting The Urban Mirror

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 10.28.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

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Discerning Successful Elements of People, Place and Urbanism

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 10.24.2011 | Home
Charles R. Wolfe

Nothing is better for advocates of urbanism than simple immersion in the look and feel of a successful, authentic place. After a week of observation ...

Rediscovering the Road to the Sustainable City

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 10.16.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Those of us who write about cities should be students of history and experience, and with some humility listen to scholars and the legacy of urban development from from around the world.

Retaining Sustainable Storefronts in the Urban Realm

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 10.09.2011 | Home
Charles R. Wolfe

Vital storefronts are an indicator of urban success, while empty businesses are akin to the ruins of Pompeii.

Uncovering Embedded Patterns of Place in the City

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 09.30.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

2011-07-31-Screenshot20110731at5.20.36PM.jpg Amid the roads, sidewalks and places that you have visited before, there are often embedded patterns to uncover, read and reinterpret.

Assuring Sustainable Third Places in the City

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 09.23.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Will the prime square footage occupied by Borders have similar 'third place' potential once reclaimed? Will replacement uses provide the equivalent fusion business purposes of books, coffee, lecture and song?

Fusion Businesses and the Cities of Tomorrow

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 09.16.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

When a small branch of a local ice cream business opened within the laundromat up the street, it was evidence that today's land use regulations are becoming more in sync with changing urban reality.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Walking In LA. Nobody Walks In LA.

Lila Nordstrom | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Lila Nordstrom

We all know the rules of the road, but as gas becomes more expensive and we learn more about the environmental hazards driving imposes, it might be a good time to focus on learning a new skill: walking.

10 Sustainable Cities

Eva Maddox | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Eva Maddox

Sustainable cities -- or eco-cities -- cropping up across the globe may hold the answers to the challenges presented by swelling urban populations.