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Urbanism at a Crossroads

Aaron Bartley | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
Aaron Bartley

Establishing community land trusts and working with municipal land banks to meet ambitious affordable housing goals on the edges of these growth districts is the only surefire way to stave off displacement, hipster monoculture and extreme wealth disparity.

Utopia by the Sea

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 06.15.2014 | Travel
Sidonie Sawyer

The setting was very well-chosen, on a portion of coastline with undulating sand dunes and perfectly clear waters. I have yet to be in Seaside with bad weather, just as if they even controlled the weather! Bright blue skies and sun all day are usually the norm.

Theory and Reality and the Post-Sprawl City: Part 3 of a Review of Landscape Urbanism and its Discontents

Frank Gruber | Posted 03.02.2014 | Books
Frank Gruber

L.A. was the first automobile-based sprawl city and it is the first post-sprawl city. It baffles urban theorists of all sorts, most of whom choose to wish it away.

Campuses Belong to the People, Too -- Part 2 of a Review of Landscape Urbanism and Its Discontents

Frank Gruber | Posted 02.01.2014 | Books
Frank Gruber

If one factor epitomizes the disagreement between New Urbanists and Landscape Urbanists as both described and imagined in Landscape Urbanism and its Discontents, that factor would be the difference between a network of streets and a campus.

The Standard Model of Urbanism and How to Argue Over It: Part One of a Review of Landscape Urbanism and Its Discontents

Frank Gruber | Posted 01.27.2014 | Books
Frank Gruber

Many of the essayists in the book, including New Urbanist co-founder Andrés Duany in his introduction, focus on a fundamental dispute in how people view the city. Simply put, does the unbuilt world of nature structure the city, or does the city structure itself?

The Devil in Walmart's Midtown Miami Plan, Its Details - Part 1

Grant Stern | Posted 07.20.2013 | Miami
Grant Stern

If Walmart builds its Midtown Miami location as it is designed today, the potential for pedestrian injury could be high. The plan is riddled with design flaws and areas that don't meet zoning code.

How Do You Rebuild A City In 90 Days?

2012-02-16-archdailyreal.jpg | Posted 05.11.2012 | Home

By Vanessa Quirk (click here for original article) A screenshot of the Video for the City 2.0, the 2012 TED Prize Winner, which aims to use cr...

How To Save Suburbia

2012-02-16-archdailyreal.jpg | Posted 05.02.2012 | Home

By Vanessa Quirk Click here for original article. Copyright Flickr User CC tango_28 Poverty and violence, boarded windows and weedy lawns...

Evaluating Green Communities: Part 5

Mark Hostetler | Posted 05.15.2012 | Green
Mark Hostetler

When you think about it, a window has a complicated job: it must allow the sun's light to pass though, but not the sun's heat. It must keep cool conditioned air inside, but not have condensation on the outside of the glass.

Evaluating Green Communities: Part 4

Mark Hostetler | Posted 05.13.2012 | Green
Mark Hostetler

You should not rely on a certificate as the sole indicator of how green your community is -- rely more on your "on-the-ground" analysis. Here are some things to look for.

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.

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.

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.

Urbanism Chasing Utopia

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 06.11.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Generally speaking, the description of any Utopia that involves many details is apt to be an unconvincing way to present a principle which can be appl...

Hill Towns as Icons of Placemaking

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Hilltop centers can serve as the partially self-contained models for the compact and dense urban neighborhoods which are increasingly the vanguard of new century urbanism.

Talking Urban: A Review of The Language of Towns and Cities by Dhiru A. Thadani

Frank Gruber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Frank Gruber

The Language of Towns and Cities is an oddly personal work. I say "oddly," because the book's title invokes that most characteristically objective of all books, the dictionary.

Rethinking the Essence of Urbanism

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

2011-03-03-pull.jpgA key facet of urbanism comes from that indescribable human dance of history, people and place that occurs when we simply like what we see.

Landmarking Urban Change in New York

Roberta Brandes Gratz | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Roberta Brandes Gratz

New York City has become a city for the rich and the poor for national and local economic reasons that have nothing to do with preservation.

Life After Sprawl: Why the Green Revolution Must Start in Suburbia

Alex Becker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Alex Becker

Calls to be greener and use less energy ultimately mean nothing unless we can fundamentally restructure the suburban environment. The real problem with suburbia, after all, is spatial.

City Shaping II: Will Architecture Go Horizontal?

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

Landscape Urbanism sees landscape architecture, rather than architecture, as the design medium more capable of organizing the city and enhancing the urban experience.

Rosemary Beach, Florida: A New Urbanism for Beach-Goers

Pam Grout | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Pam Grout

Rosemary Beach is one of 14 experimental communities along the 26 miles of Florida's South Walton Beach and unlike most American towns, Rosemary Beach doesn't allow front yards.

Urban Design: Good Book, Unfortunate Field?

Frank Gruber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Frank Gruber

Urban Design is an excellent guide to both the history of Urban Design as a field and today's conflicts both within and without.

Could Agriculture Replace Golf For Suburban Communities?

GOOD | Allison Arieff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

In cities, agriculture might be able to take the place of vacant lots. And in suburbia? Well, in 2008, the New Urbanism evangelist Andrés Duany, of D...

Grey to Green. Innovating the Sustainable City.

Marc Stoiber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Marc Stoiber

Cities cover only 3% of the world's land mass, but they house 50% of the world's population, consume 75% of the world's resources and emit a correspon...

Boulder's Transit Village Plan Debated

Bob Wells | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Bob Wells

The discussion was mostly polite and the issues complex as 70 people crowded into a downtown Library room to hear four experts discuss Boulder's planned Transit Village redevelopment plan.