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Urban Design

Urban Design Serves as Tool of Repression in Bahrain

Mitch McEwen | Posted 08.15.2012 | Arts
Mitch McEwen

Arguably, part of being a contemporary architect is being aware of projects and competitions happening all over the world. Living in a city like New Y...

Jan Gehl: Cities for People (VIDEO)

Crane.tv | Posted 07.02.2012 | Arts
Crane.tv

Architect and urban designer Jan Gehl has dedicated a significant proportion of his career to making cities better places for people by studying public spaces and their impact on civic society.

LOOK: 'Urban Umbrella' Graces New York With Awesome New Scaffolding

Posted 12.08.2011 | New York

Mayor Bloomberg unveiled the first model of "Urban Umbrella," a beautiful new design for the city's scaffolding structures, in Lower Manhattan on Wedn...

Design For The Developing World

ARTINFO | Posted 12.26.2011 | Arts
ARTINFO

The thought of architecture and design in the context of cities typically evokes images of chic monuments amidst grand metropolises; the Chrysler Buil...

New Times Square Design Aims To Separate Locals And Tourists

Posted 11.28.2011 | Arts

New York City's Times Square has lived through its fair share of incarnations, from the entertainment hub of the 1910s to the seedy den of vice in the...

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.

City Shaping III: The Philadelphia Story

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 11.13.2011 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

For more than three centuries, city planning, landscape architecture and a unique civic ambition that emphasizes horticulture as much as the pedestrian experience in its public spaces and streetscapes, have made Philadelphia a fascinating city.

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.

Urban Design: A New Way of Practice in a Smaller World

Earl G. Jackson IV, AIA | Posted 09.20.2011 | Arts
Earl G. Jackson IV, AIA

2011-07-21-Screenshot20110721at10.09.50AM.jpgWe strive to exceed our clients' expectations and question how our projects might help shape community identity.

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.

Matt Sledge

How Houston Won A Climate Protection Award

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 08.24.2011 | Green

Houston won this year's U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Award. Houston -- the city that serves as headquarters for BP America, ConocoPhi...

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?

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...

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.

Building the Just City: Contemporary Urbanism in Brazil: Beyond Brasilia

Frank Gruber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Frank Gruber

Brazil was not the only developing country beset with exploding urban populations but the transition to democracy in Brazil allowed for a dramatic change in the goals and tools of urban planning.

Modernism for the Right: Contemporary Urbanism in Brazil: Beyond Brasilia

Frank Gruber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Frank Gruber

The book is a stimulating collection of articles by Brazilian planners and architects concerning not only contemporary urbanism in their country, but also the history that resulted in the urbanism that is now "contemporary."

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.

PHOTOS: GREEN DESIGN: Top 10 Green Roofs Across The Globe

Eva Maddox | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Eva Maddox

Sustainability is no longer just a trend, a buzz word or even a preference, when it comes to architecture and design. It's the standard. It's vital. A...

Impossible Architecture: A Review of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

Guy Horton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Guy Horton

2010-11-15-iwanbaan.jpg Events like the Holocaust simply overpower the present. For this reason, perhaps, there exist physical places to anchor those memories, so they can be put somewhere.