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Architects Create Affordable "Exoskeleton" Pavilion With Modular Woods, Tie Straps and Sliding Joints

"Exoskeleton" is a pavilion that shows how Computer Aided Manufacturing can create rapid prototypes. This manufacturing process allows for real-scale …

Fabrication

Could a new pavement design give walking culture a foothold in Bangalore?

Previous efforts to ease congestion have seen the Indian city cutting down trees to widen traffic-choked roads. A controversial, and expensive, new project aims to make Bangalore more walkable instead<p>In traffic choked Bangalore, the motorist is king. In this city of 11 million people and 5m cars, …

Urbanism

Megacities, not nations, are the world’s dominant, enduring social structures

Cities are mankind’s most enduring and stable mode of social organization, outlasting all empires and nations over which they have presided. Today cities have become the world’s dominant demographic and economic clusters.<p>As the sociologist Christopher Chase-Dunn has pointed out, it is not …

Urban Design

10-Foot Traffic Lanes Are Safer—and Still Move Plenty of Cars

The case against 12-foot lanes in cities, in 3 charts.<p>At first glance, it makes sense that wider traffic lanes could be safer traffic lanes. Drivers are prone to bad decisions and sleepiness and text messages and fits of rage. Providing some buffer room seems a reasonable way to keep them from …

The Keys to Designing Cities With Fewer Traffic Fatalities

Reduce urban sprawl, for one thing.<p>What do Tokyo, Stockholm, London, Paris, Berlin, and Hong Kong have in common? They’re among the safest cities in the world when it comes to reported traffic fatalities.<p>Tokyo, a city of more than 13 million, has 1.3 such deaths per 100,000 residents. London, home …

Urban Design

Photos: The Beautiful Architecture of India’s Ancient Stepwells

Over the past several years, Chicago-based journalist Victoria Lautman has traveled through India numerous times, visiting over 120 ancient stepwells …

The Urban Revival Is an Urban Myth, and the Suburbs Are Surging

Despite the disdain of many planners, pundits, and politicians, most people live in the suburbs—and most of the jobs are there, too.<p>The past decade …

When Density Isn't Greener

A new study challenges some widely held assumptions about urban and suburban development.<p>Sprawl is not sustainable. That’s the basic assumption shaping high-rises, infill developments, and master plans in cities around the world—not to mention a guiding principle of this publication.<p>But a new …

Urban Design

Three Key Elements Needed to Revitalize Public Spaces and Promote Urban Life

The importance of public spaces in urban life is an issue that has been apparent since ancient Greece and is still with us today. Opportunities to …

Urban Design