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Urbanism

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.

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.

Urban Living

Blythe McGarvie | Posted 08.21.2011 | Business
Blythe McGarvie

Researchers identified May 23, 2007, as the first time in history that city dwellers outnumbered the world's rural population. Because cities are growing, companies locate in urban areas as an efficient way to reach talent and customers.

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.

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.

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?