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In Paris, Plans for a Seine Reinvention

Mayor Anne Hidalgo has announced an "almost philosophical project" to take the famed river's quayside back from cars.<p>Paris seems to be getting less and less motorist-friendly by the day. Following a set of promises to slash diesel usage, extend lower speed limits and bar polluting cars from the …

Urban Design

How One Weekend in Dallas Sparked a Movement for Urban Change

Using a technique they call “blackmailing yourself,” the group publicly announced their intentions in a 2010 Bike-Friendly Oak Cliff blog post penned …

Urban Design

Collaborative Transition: Enhancing Creative Community Resilience

<i>Inclusivity is a critical element for building urban resilience. In this guest blog, founder of Enabling City Chiara Camponeschi discusses the</i> …

Cities by People: Talking Tactical Urbanism with Mike Lydon

PeopleSt in Los Angeles is one example of residents using tactical urbanism to reclaim public space and make their streets more human-centered. Photo …

Explore Your Neighbourhood During a Jane's Walk | Smart Cities Dive

by Andreas Lindinger<p>Not too many people (who are not deeply entrenched in the planning field) know the legendary urban thinker, writer, and activist …

With London's Affordability Crisis, a New Breed of Activism

The city is grappling with major socioeconomic shifts by getting organized at an unprecedented scale.<p>Unaffordable, unequal, unsustainable—the problems that London’s economic success has brought in its wake have been receiving ample international coverage recently. Behind the headlines, however, …

The new skate city: how skateboarders are joining the urban mainstream

Skating bans and defensive architecture are increasingly giving way to a realisation of the positive role skateboarding can play in education, entrepreneurship and community cohesion<p>Where are the best places to skateboard in cities? Share your stories<p>Since its origins in the late 1950s, …

Why Some Parklets Work Better Than Others

A detailed new report out of Philadelphia finds the type of businesses closest to a parklet play a key role in their success.<p>The concept of the Parklet—the conversion of a couple of curbside parking spots or other underused public space into a tiny park, complete with greenery and seating—got its …

You Can Now Get A Degree To Create Awesome Public Spaces

This fall, the Pratt Institute will introduce a new master’s program in designing public spaces through community planning. The “Urban Placemaking and Management” degree, within the institute’s architecture school, will be led by former New York City commissioner of design and construction David …

Alternative economy: the rise of social innovation in Berlin

The German capital is fast gaining a reputation as a creative hub for sustainable and social businesses, making the most of cheap working spaces<p>Survey the ubiquitous litter of cigarette butts and wall-to-wall graffiti and Berlin reeks of urban decay. With the exception of its exemplary Bauhaus …

French Law to Require Green Roofs or Solar Panels on New Commercial Buildings

<i>France just passed a new law that will require all new buildings in commercial zones to be covered with green roofs or solar panels.</i><p>Environmental …

Solar Power

Miami Takes a Big Step Toward Walkability

The city wants to convert car-friendly Biscayne Boulevard into pedestrian-friendly Biscayne Green.<p>For all its sunshine, Miami doesn't have the best reputation as a walkable city. A recent Smart Growth America ranking of walkable urbanism among the 30 largest U.S. metros listed Miami 23rd, just …