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Urban Planning

PHOTOS: Chicago Railroad Transforming Into Corridor Of Green

| Erin Chan Ding | Posted 10.13.2011 | Chicago

The sun shone on Beth White and Ben Helphand on an August Sunday as they stood on a North Side viaduct, each with their feet planted in the middle of ...

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.

Annemarie Dooling

Guggenheim BMW & Urban Sustainability

HuffingtonPost.com | Annemarie Dooling | Posted 10.05.2011 | Arts

A shady street corner park is hardly the place you'd expect to find a lab, but that's what BMW brought to New York City's Houston Street this week. Th...

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?

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.

Stockholm Leads the Way

Roberta Brandes Gratz | Posted 09.16.2011 | Green
Roberta Brandes Gratz

In 2010, Stockholm, Sweden, was selected as the first Green Capital of Europe. After a brief visit, it is easy to see why.

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.

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.