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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.

Coloring the Urban Experience

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 07.11.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

How can we marshal the potential of urban color while retaining a legally appropriate balance between public regulation of the private realm?

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.

Inspiring the Redefinition of Urban Public Space

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 07.06.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Here, from afar, is more evidence that street and square, beach and byway all have a greater and unrealized multipurpose capacity, ripe for recalibration in ever-evolving America.

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...

Keeping Cities Simple: Shelter and the Wheel

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 06.05.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

What if a zoning code is no longer cohesive, or impedes rather than accomplishes societal goals? Let's remember to reassess -- with simplicity in mind -- and recall the first principles of shelter and the wheel.

Envisioning the Blend: Tradition, Tourism and Sustainability

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 05.30.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

At the interface of tradition, tourism and sustainability, dramatic photographs can tell a story that is hardly apparent at first glance. A stone's...

What President Obama Can Learn From Brazil

Milton Curry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Milton Curry

What we need now is what Brazil's former President Kubichek produced in the 1950s -- a symbolic architectural/urban concept that mobilizes the nation to want to achieve its goals.

Updating "Make No Little Plans": Urbanism, Social Network-Style

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Charles R. Wolfe

Surely every self-styled urban visionary, and quotation-centric student of prose, knows the magic words attributed to monumental, "city beautiful" Chi...

What Philadelphia's Census Numbers Tell Us About the Arts and the Changing City

Gary P. Steuer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Gary P. Steuer

The connection between the changing demographics of the city and the arts should be obvious. Our "traditional" (i.e. not community-based) arts groups must find a way to thrive.

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.

Sustainability and Authenticity, Personified

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

Mark Schuster's Lofty Pursuits is a must-read, for true believers and cynics alike, as a unique contribution to today's dialogue about the sustainable city.

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.

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."

Witold Rybczynski's Compelling Makeshift World

Guy Horton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Guy Horton

2010-11-30-cover_smallcrop.jpg The prolific architectural critic and urbanist says, "I'm interested in buildings as places, rather than as artifacts. I have no interest in introducing readers to 'good design.'"

Chicago Debates -- The Malling of Chicago

Edward Lifson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Edward Lifson

Is Chicago becoming the "Suburb of the Century" in the twenty-first? Are big box retailers eating up our neighborhoods? If you care about our city, be a part of the debate.

A Coherent Metropolis? More in Response to the Book Urban Design

Frank Gruber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Frank Gruber

How many metropolises are or could become something other than series of loosely related parts?

More Thoughts on Urban Design (the Field) and Urban Design (the Book)

Frank Gruber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Frank Gruber

Cities thrive on complexity but suffer under chaos. Humans respond to chaos by creating systems. Systems require cooperative efforts that, in turn, require planning.

Real India: At Koshy's Cafe, The Talk of Bangalore (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Lydon

"... And our nation, though it has no drinking water, electricity, sewage system, public transportation, sense of hygiene, discipline, courtesy or ...

Urban Design, the Book: Part Two of a Review

Frank Gruber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Frank Gruber

A few weeks ago, I concluded Part One of this review of the book Urban Design by referring to Joan Busquets' citation of ten eclectic "contemporary approaches" to urbanism to illustrate the viability of urban design today.

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.