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Toronto’s laneways have been overlooked but are waiting to be rediscovered: Keenan | The Star

I have this recurring dream — apparently it’s very common — in which I open a door in my home and discover new rooms I never knew were there. …

Buildings that were never realised

[edit] The Volkshalle, Germany<p>The Volkshalle (‘Hall of the People’) was a monumental design that was to have served as the architectural centrepiece …

Louisville’s “Spaghetti Junction” is a testament to how cars degrade cities

Doubling down on auto infrastructure, Kentucky-style.<p>Dwight D. Eisenhower’s grand scheme to connect US cities to one another with interstates was a great idea. It enhanced trade, economic development, and mobility.<p>By contrast, jamming interstates and freeways <i>through</i> cities — something Eisenhower …

Green Roofs Take Root Around the World

The eco-friendly design just got a big lift in San Francisco, and it is spreading globally.<p>This week, San Francisco became the first U.S. city to require that certain new buildings be built with a green roof—an eco-friendly design technique that sows plants above a roofline. This latest action …

We Should Be Building Cities for People, Not Cars

<i>The way we live is shaped by our infrastructure — the public spaces, building codes, and utilities that serve a city or region. It can act as the</i> …

5 Rules For Designing Great Cities, From Denmark’s Star Urbanist

Danish architect and urbanist Jan Gehl has spent decades making sure cities work for people, not the other way around. Here’s how.<p>The web of pedestrian streets, narrow alleys, and picturesque canals in Venice have lured tourists to the Italian port city for hundreds of years. There’s a near …

One Simple, Cheap Trick To Make Cities Better: Plant More Trees

Working off data from California, a new paper tallies up all these benefits and reaches some very large numbers. It says the state’s 9.1 million …

San Francisco

Silicon Valley Investors Want to Create a City From Scratch

The startup accelerator that incubated Airbnb and Dropbox wants to take game-changing to a whole new level. As Tech Insider reports, Y Combinator is …