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German retailer Aldi set to build 2,000 homes above its Berlin stores

Amid intense rivalry in the grocery business, Aldi Nord says it wants to put apartments above some of its supermarkets. Real estate in the German …

Housing

Tirana 2030

The Albanian National Council approved the General Local Plan called Tirana 2030 (Tr030), designed by Stefano Boeri Architetti together with UNLAB …

Urban Design

Goodman Group outlines its future Fishermans Bend expectations

Fishermans Bend's largest land owner has teamed with Roberts Day to table a far-reaching report which forms its response to the Fishermans Bend Draft …

Urban Design

How do you build a healthy city? Copenhagen reveals its secrets

The Danish capital ranks high on the list of the world’s healthiest and happiest cities. With obesity and depression on the rise worldwide, here are its lessons for how to combat them culturally<p>Maybe it’s the Viking heritage. There is an icy open-air pool in the waters of Copenhagen’s harbour, and …

Copenhagen

America’s Worst Parking Crater Could Become Denver’s Next Human-Scale Neighborhood

Few cities can boast a blank slate like the one just across the street (and the creek) from Denver’s Lower Downtown neighborhood.The area city …

Urban Design

Why transit nerds are so jealous of Seattle

The city’s tweeting traffic engineer explains how small changes to streets are adding up to big improvements<p>The first thing you might consider after looking at the Twitter feed of Seattle’s chief traffic engineer Dongho Chang is that he may possibly be two, or three, or even four people.<p>It does not …

Urban Design

Thanks to autonomous vehicles, we could have these utopian, tree-filled streets

An optimistic view of human-centered roadways in the age of driverless vehicles<p>The oncoming rush of autonomous vehicle technology has led to rampant speculation over the future of cities, roads, and society. A recent issue of the <i>New York Times</i>magazine dedicated to the subject listed a number of …

Combining E-bikes And Bikeshares Is Urban Alchemy: A Winning Transit Solution For Cities

Two increasingly popular phenomena – E-bikes and bikeshare systems – are combining to provide cities with new solutions to help alleviate transportation and pollution woes. Hundreds of millions of E-bikes and millions of bikeshare bicycles are now pedaling out across the globe , helping to reduce …

Transportation

101 small ways you can improve your city

The least you can do to make a big difference where you live<p>On Your Street | In Your Neighborhood | At Your Parks | Along Your Route | With Your Neighbors | In Your Community<p>We've scoured cities all around the world for small ideas with huge potential, and asked some of our favorite urban thinkers …

JTA opens test track to future for self-driving transit shuttles

The self-driving vehicle starts moving as silently as the computer that operates it and the electric battery that powers it.<p>There is none of the hiss …

Innovation Districts as Engines for Economic Growth

Engines of Economic Growth<p>A Q&A with Elkus Manfredi Architects on how innovation districts are reshaping the urban environment.<p><i>Innovation districts</i> …

Microtransit: How cities are, and aren’t adapting transit technology

A new report looks at right and wrong ways to adapt to an on-demand world<p>In an age of Uber and Lyft, many planners and pundits believe the answer to mass transit’s shrinking ridership and service issues must be better technology. But a new study of municipal microtransit—small-scale, on-demand …

How walk-first cities are saving lives

Prioritizing pedestrians over cars means everyone wins<p>Cars prey upon the world’s most vulnerable humans—about 1.3 million people worldwide are killed each year in traffic fatalities, most of whom are in low-income countries. If cities continue to design wide, fast, auto-centric streets, the number …

Urban Design

Say Goodbye to Garages as Developers Imagine Driverless Future

Mass adoption of driverless cars is still years away, but architects, developers and planners already are designing new projects with autonomous vehicles in mind.<p>Developers are starting to build offices with internal parking structures that can be converted to office space if demand for private …

Urban Design

Bondi is the most overrated suburb in Sydney according to the Time Out City Life Index

The people of Sydney have spoken, and they sure hate tourists. According to the local results of the Time Out City Life Index – a poll of 15,000 …

Australia

Why Hospitals Are Subsidizing Apartments For The Homeless

Homelessness is often both a symptom and a cause of chronic heath issues–and it stands to reason that the health industry should support a solution.<p>During harsh Chicago winters when he was homeless, Glenn Baker used to spend as many as 20 nights each month in local emergency rooms–both because of …

Housing

Generation Z May Not Want To Own Cars. Can Automakers Woo Them In Other Ways?

Sheryl Connelly has a crazy job. She's in charge of looking into the future for Ford Motor Co. The automaker is trying to predict how people my age — from Generation Z — will use cars.<p>"I have two Gen Zers at home," Connelly says. "So my 16-year-old daughter is thrilled, actually. Her car is ready …

"People who regularly ride bikes actually pay more than their share of road construction & repair." Via @GregVann: http://t.co/7GY4PoeGfs

Renewables are about to become our cheapest form of energy

Climate change is a reality. we can no longer bury our heads in the sand about how we have changed our environment for the worse through our use of, …

Embracing the Paradox of Planning for Informality

Planners and urban designers often face an uncomfortable paradox: People tend to prefer neighborhoods that developed organically with the …

Urban Design

Taking Back the Streets: Using Systems Thinking to Return Our City Streets to the Community

By Marcy Klevorn, Ford Executive Vice President and President, Mobility<p>From subway systems and bus lines to taxi fleets, ride-hailing services and …

Transportation

Imagining The Adaptable, Sensor-Filled Street Of The Future

To get there, we need technologists to think more like urban planners, and for urban planners to think more like technologists–and for the two sectors to work together.<p>Conversations about our future cities and streets hinge around smart, interconnected technologies: Think sensors that monitor the …

A Roosevelt junior redesigned the streets around his high school, and his plan is better than SDOT’s

Concept image of a dramatically-improved crosswalk on NE 65th Street by Joe Mangan.<p>Just about every school day when Joe Mangan and his fellow …

Urban Design

This urban design tool helps planners understand the entire street network

A new program prototype by Remix lets designers play SimCity at street level<p>For planners and transportation officials, the road to transit improvements often hits speed bumps when it comes to data sharing and visualizations. A new online tool wants to solve those misunderstandings with a shared …

Urbanism

The Cost of a Well-Maintained Urban Tree Canopy Is Actually Pretty Cheap

"A new research report from the Nature Conservancy argues that for just $8 per person, the U.S. could maintain and then significantly expand the tree …

Can a 'New Localism' Help Cities Transcend Gridlock?

Bruce Katz and Jeremy Nowak talk about the model of collaborative urban leadership in their book<i>The New Localism</i>.<p>In a time of national dysfunction and, frankly, gloom, our best hope for our society lies in our cities and metropolitan areas. That’s the message of the newly released book <i>The New</i> …

Cities

Autonomous Vehicles will change land use planning. What you should be thinking about now

<b>Goodbye surface lots.</b> The plethora of surface lots, particularly in cities, will start to disappear. With cars driving themselves and parking on …

Women don't cycle or walk as much as men because they feel unsafe, minister says

Dean Voelkerling was a much admired rescue helicopter pilot, who had flown scores of rescue flights.<p>OPINION: Not again. A second race meeting has …

What Is a City Street? And What Will It Become?

The most essential designed component of New York is not a skyscraper or a station, but the street. That basic workhorse of public space carries …

Bill de Blasio

Is It Time to Teach Your Baby How to Swim?

This is not your average baby swim class.<p>If you're anything like me, you're taking great pains to make sure your baby's world is all BPA-free bottles, five-strap harnesses and rounded, padded corners. So small wonder that my stomach lurched a bit when I read an article in the <i>New York Times Magazine</i> …

Babies