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Learning From the Eclectic Urban Curbside

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 10.22.2012 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

One thing that is undeniable about American cities, private residential property and the curbside next door -- for the moment, the eclectic reigns.

The Visual Chronicles of the Urban Bicycle

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 08.18.2012 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Today, across the world, in multiple contexts, the allure of the bicycle knows no bounds. For the past several years, I have been documenting this trend with my own photographs, in order to tell a short story with minimal words.

Rust Belt Fatalism: Why Psychology is Important in City Making

Richey Piiparinen | Posted 09.17.2012 | Detroit
Richey Piiparinen

Emotion must start entering into the conversation of how it is we are forming our cities. Otherwise, our intentions at being well-intended will continually bend to that part of the dark we think we are fleeing or fighting.

Creating the Post-Hipster City: In Conversation With Urbanist Aurash Khawarzad

Tida Tippapart | Posted 07.22.2012 | Home
Tida Tippapart

Committed to exploring the multiple intersections between art and urbanism, Aurash Khawarzad speaks about creating the post-Hipster city, gentrification, and what it means to (re)build New York City from the ground up.

Hunger Games Approved For Release In China: Should Architects Be Scared?

Mitch McEwen | Posted 07.10.2012 | Home
Mitch McEwen

Now that The Hunger Games phenomenon is set to be released next month in China, it may be a moment to ask -- where, as architects, do we see ourselves in this allegory?

Walking the Walk With Jane

Roberta Brandes Gratz | Posted 04.30.2012 | Impact
Roberta Brandes Gratz

Not only are the walks a great example of just the self-organization Jacobs celebrated, but it is run exclusively by dedicated volunteers whose commitment to the Jacobs precepts brings them together in a totally organic way.

Bicycles Run Through It: L.A. 20 Years On

Frank Gruber | Posted 06.26.2012 | Los Angeles
Frank Gruber

For five hours, miles of streets connecting Hollywood and East L.A. through downtown Los Angeles were closed to cars and became a great festival of mostly cyclists, but also skateboarders, roller-bladers, and pedestrians.

What Does Trayvon's Shooting Mean for Architects and Urbanists?

Mitch McEwen | Posted 05.30.2012 | Arts
Mitch McEwen

With the death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, the worlds of architecture and urbanism cannot afford to hear no evil/see no evil this time.

Universities and Cities: Place-Based Anchors of City Development and Individual Accomplishment

Paula Allen-Meares | Posted 04.16.2012 | Education
Paula Allen-Meares

The importance of urban research universities is clearly manifest in the scale of the impact, the "footprint," of the university in its city. By late in the last decade, urban research universities were among the top employers in every one of their respective cities.

PHOTOS: Becoming Urbanized: Photos Of The Human Condition

wejetset | Posted 03.25.2012 | Travel
wejetset

For the first time in China's history, more people live in a city than they do countryside -- 51.27 percent to be exact, which amounts to more than 690 million people. It's a notable shift.

A Back of the Napkin Plan to Run NYC Garbage Trucks on Restaurant Waste Oil

Harris Silver | Posted 02.06.2012 | New York
Harris Silver

The NYC Department of Sanitation will use 10 million gallons of fuel, at a cost of approximately 40 million dollars, to collect and dispose of 3.2 mil...

A Simple Portrait of an Urban Place

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 02.08.2012 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

From time to time, a single image captures the look and feel of city life, and successfully depicts an urban place where people come together. La...

Mega-Architect's Unexpected Hobby

Jacob Slevin | Posted 12.26.2011 | Arts
Jacob Slevin

More and more I've become fascinated with architects' alternative forms of creative expression, those lying outside the boundaries of their core work....

Santa Monica: How the People's Republic Became a Business Mecca

Frank Gruber | Posted 12.24.2011 | Los Angeles
Frank Gruber

Why does L.A. need to subsidize offices downtown when Santa Monica has developers banging on the door?

A Freeway Runs Through It: A Review of The Big Roads, by Earl Swift

Frank Gruber | Posted 11.28.2011 | Books
Frank Gruber

Earl Swift's new book, The Big Roads: The Untold Story of the Engineers, Visionaries, and Trailblazers Who Created the American Superhighways, explains from the very beginning of the automotive age how expressways, turnpikes, interstates, and freeways came to be.

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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Do Clothes Define Your Ethnicity?

Arielle Hixson | Posted 10.24.2011 | Black Voices
Arielle Hixson

Are clothes associated with a particular race? This controversial question may fuel a debate. Certain aspects of fashion tend to connect to particular ethnic groups in the United States.

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.

Why Did America Destroy Its Great Cities?

Frank Gruber | Posted 10.02.2011 | Home
Frank Gruber

I don't suggest that there was a purposeful rationale, or even multiple rationales, to destroy the cities. The causes are more likely to have been social, cultural, economic and demographic.

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.