Grant Pearsell

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7 ways towns and cities are turning from grey to green

Urbanization is a fact of modern life, but that doesn’t necessarily mean city dwellers are abandoning nature.<p>The UN predicts two-thirds of the …

Ecology

Why Copenhagen Is Building Parks That Can Turn Into Ponds

Instead of massive sewer expansion to prepare for climate change, the city chose something cheaper—and more fun.<p>COPENHAGEN, Denmark—At first glance, the square known as Tåsinge Plads doesn’t look much different from other parks in Copenhagen. A young couple lounges on a small hill surrounded by …

14 of the most beautiful public spaces in the world, according to urban designers

Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois.<p><i>Chicago Mile</i><p>'It was clearly a game-changer, not only for Chicago and the real estate that surrounds the park, …

Urbanism

50 Reasons Why Everyone Should Want More Walkable Streets

From making you live longer to making cities more resilient: If you want a reason to make your city more walkable, it’s in here.<p>As more cities try to improve walkability–from car-free “superblocks” in Barcelona to heat-protected walkways in Dubai–a new report outlines the reasons behind the shift, …

Urbanization

Great Streets project could create a downtown Toronto worth getting out of your car to enjoy

The city's planning department is looking at how streets, sidewalks and park space in the downtown area, including University Avenue, could be reshuffled<p>It's plain to see: Downtown Toronto is growing like mad. The city is hunting for new parks to serve hundreds of thousands of new residents and …

How kid-friendly urban design makes cities better for all

A new report from Arup argues that child-friendly design is our urban future.<p>Promoting urban planning projects often relies on an inspiring narrative: what are we as a community trying to accomplish, and how do we want our neighborhoods to evolve? Few stories are as universal as building a better …

Retrofuturistic Urbanism: 6 Cities as they Could Have Become

[ By Delana in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ]To people of 100 or even 50 years ago, the metropolises of today would look utterly foreign. Our …

Is This What Urban Buildings Will Look Like In 2050?

With internal farms, walls that convert CO2 to oxygen, and even the ability to personalize itself based on your DNA, this concept for the building of the future is a sight to behold.<p>Editor’s Note<p>Read more amazing visions of the future in our Futurist Forum.<p>2050 is far enough off to imagine the …

Mockups

A city that forgets about human connections has lost its way

When it comes to planning better cities for the future there’s one simple rule: connect people to places, people to transport and people to …

Cyclists Respond to New York Bike Lane Terror Attack

I spend a lot of time alone. It’s a matter of simple logistics—I like to run and ride my bike, and I often do so by myself. And because I live in New York, that means I spend a lot of that solo time in constant fear of death. Doors, distracted drivers, people parked in bike lanes—it can feel like …

Hudson River

The Social Network That Helps Planners Understand Pedestrians and Cyclists

Long neglected in transportation planning, popular jogging and biking routes are getting more attention thanks to new data collected by Strava.<p>Pedestrians and cyclists are notoriously difficult for transportation planners to count and map. This is beginning to change, though—not because of some …

How to Pedestrianize a Vital Urban Street

London’s plans for Oxford Street show that even the busiest roads can ban vehicles—but there's one major misstep.<p>Finally, it’s happening. After years of discussion, London’s Oxford Street is being pedestrianized. A key London axis known for its huge popularity as a place to shop—and its equally …

Millions of city trees at risk from rising temperatures

A new study has found that almost one quarter of trees in Australian cities are at risk from increasing temperatures in urban environments due to …

$3.5 billion Schuylkill Yards breaks ground on future park

First up: A 1.3-acre park called Drexel Square<p>It’s really happening: Drexel University and Brandywine Realty Trust just broke ground on their ambitious $3.5 billion Schuylkill Yards project, about 18 months after they first announced their plans to transform 14 acres in University City into a …

First Park Section Inside NYC’s Freshkills Landfill Breaks Ground on Staten Island

<i>Image via NYC Parks</i><p>Yesterday was the groundbreaking of North Park at Freshkills Park on Staten Island, the first section inside the boundaries of the …

Midtown crafts new zoning policies to improve pedestrian experience

Buried power lines, stringent streetscaping requirements, minimized parking, public art, and storefronts are all part of the rewrite.<p>For years, Midtown has been working to manage the impact of explosive growth on the pedestrian steetscape, with varied success.<p>But now, new zoning updates targeting …

Nature’s bounty: Trees provide services worth $500 million to the world’s megacities

By naturally reducing pollution, processing stormwater and helping in energy saving, nature helps planning authorities avoid cut down certain …

Ecology

Urban Life Aquatic: A Discovery In Paris Reveals A Huge Ecosystem Hidden In Plain Sight

For 12 days in June 2015, something rather unusual took place in Paris. Under clear skies, a team of scientists armed with toothbrushes, methodically passed through each of the city’s 20 districts searching for signs of life.<p>You can find many things in a busy European metropolis, but an aquatic …

Ecology

How trees can be key to healthy urban neighborhoods

In Louisville, the Green Heart Project is testing the “power of nature to project human health”<p>Trees can add charm to city blocks. A new study launching today in Louisville, Kentucky, wants to see if trees can also become low-cost ways to improve the health of a neighborhood.<p>A joint effort by the …

How do we turn a drain into valued green space? First, ask the residents

The green infrastructure of our cities includes both publicly owned, designed and delineated areas and less formal, unplanned areas of vegetation — …

Urbanism

The Growing Business Of Defensive Urban Design

The twin specters of terror and traffic are spurring more interest in bollards to stop weaponized cars.<p>Rob Reiter has a quick answer for people who ask him about how expensive it is to install his products: “It’s not a quarter as expensive as if they don’t do anything and something happens.” He’s …

American Cities

Denver's (Side)walks to Transit

What’s an essential but often missing component of high ridership transit networks? It isn’t new branding on buses or the latest light rail car.<p>No, …

How Parks Lose Their Playfulness

A few years ago, the Hudson River Park Trust floated an idea for a new island. Called Pier 55, it was to be a two-and-a-half-acre wavy rectangle 200 feet off Manhattan reached by two narrow bridges, replacing the remains of Pier 54 near West 14th Street, where the Lusitania used to dock.<p>The trust …

Urban Design

Boston responds to climate change with elevated parks and flood barriers

Boston has launched a plan to prevent flooding in its most vulnerable waterfront neighbourhoods, becoming the latest US city to respond to the threat …

Urban Parks and the 10-Minute Challenge

Once the site of an open-air drug market, Boeddeker Park in San Francisco's struggling Tenderloin District was emblematic of urban decay. Its rusted, …

Astana's plan to stay warm in the winter? Build a ring of one million trees

In 1997 the Kazakh president launched a plan to protect his new capital from the icy winds of the featureless steppes with a ring of trees. Twenty years on, his scientists are still struggling to grow forests in a spot where no trees stood<p>“Do you know why women in Astana don’t get expensive …

No-Mow Transformations

From abandoned residential lots in Detroit and Youngstown to unused sections of public property in Houston and Louisville, municipalities are boldly …

Lawn Mowing

Best Books of 2016

Capability Brown: Designing the English Landscape / Rizzoli PressThere were so many great books this year that honing in on just ten favorites was …

Urban nature: What kinds of plants and wildlife flourish in cities?

Biodiversity refers to the variety of all living things on Earth, but people often have very specific ideas of what it means. If you run an online …

Ecology