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These Tiny Homes Are Changing the Lives of Tennessee's Homeless

Just wait until you hear what the man behind this micro community did to raise the funds.<p>In the era of smartphones and a 24/7 news cycle, it takes extreme measures to get people's attention — which Reverend Jeff Obafemi Carr knows first hand. When he set out to raise money to build a micro …

High streets: Stockholm plans walkways connecting high-rise rooftops

<b>City links:</b> Aerial walkways in Sweden’s capital, the results of Delhi’s car ban experiment and why New York coped with the blizzard better than Washington DC feature in this week’s roundup of the best city stories<p>This week’s best city stories take us from bold plans in Europe’s fastest-growing city …

Inspiration from 4 Small Living Rooms

One of the challenges of living in a small space is that often, your living room is doing a lot of work: as workspace, lounge space, dining room, and …

Can Urban Planning bring Spatial Equality to Northern Haiti?

Français | Español | English<p>It is almost noon—lunchtime in the Caracol Industrial Park, the “PIC,” a bold flagship economic development project in …

A Fantastically Clear, Concise Explanation of Why Traffic Happens

Tom Vanderbilt on how human behavior makes congestion worse than it needs to be.<p>Tom Vanderbilt, author of <i>Traffic</i>, gave a great 20-minute overview on the counterintuitive science of congestion at the Boing Boing: Ingenuity conference in San Francisco last month. Turns out a lot of the problems we …

City Plans To Upzone Big Chunks Of Park West, Edgewater, "Wynwood Gateway"

The City of Miami wants to upzone a chunk of Edgewater just north of the Omni for larger buildings, the intersection of NW 2nd Avenue and 29th Street in Wynwood—what they're calling "Wynwood Gateway"—to 150 units per acre, and basically all of <b>Park West to a Manhattan-like density of 500 units per</b> …

4 Smart Designs For New Cities That Can Withstand Any Storm

Without serious preparation, most cities will be overwhelmed by rising waters. Here are some ideas for how to deal with climate change, from protective wetlands to shipping container reefs.<p>Since most cities are built next to water, the risk of floods threatens more people than any other natural …

Staten Island

Smart cities: The future of urban infrastructure

Technology is changing everyday city life, allowing us to instantly adapt to everything from storm threats to traffic jams.<p>Infrastructure is not exactly the sexiest word in architecture. There are no “starchitects” proudly boasting about their pipe designs or subsurface drainage systems. By its …

Roof gardens flourish in London

London’s Square Mile is now in full bloom thanks to roof gardens, says Lindsay Swan.<p>High above London’s teeming streets, once unloved concrete spaces are being transformed into bountiful fruit, vegetable and wild flower gardens.<p>At the Strand headquarters of Coutts, the Skyline Garden yields a …

Las Vegas is building ideal american cities through urban design principles

Long before America’s current urban revival, the Strip was ditching its streetside car parks for promenades and conceiving its own version of the …

American Cities

Lessons from Overseas Cycling Infrastructure

Civil engineering professor Glen Koorey from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand has spent the last three-months touring North American and …

Landscape Architect Kevin Shanley Wants to Reconnect Cities with Their Waterways

More than a half-century ago, Houston's flood-prone Buffalo Bayou was unceremoniously turned into a straight sluice to carry excess water to the Gulf of Mexico. In 2012, the city embarked on a $58 million plan to restore the river’s natural bends and build new wetlands and parks, transforming this …

Australian Climate Council calls for urgent action as records tumble

Autumn brings no relief following a record-breaking summer driven by rapid global warming, the Climate Council report says<p>Record hot spells in Australia this month blurred the line between summer and autumn in another sign of rapidly advancing global warming, a Climate Council report says.<p>The first …

London's Mayor: Huge Tunnels Will Solve Our Congestion Problem

The city ponders its own version of the Big Dig.<p>A new plan for London suggests a bold solution to the city’s congestion problems—huge tunnels running beneath its core.<p>Launched by Mayor Boris Johnson, the proposal would see London dig two east-west tunnels underneath the city center, sucking car …

"Desire Lines" Are the Real Future of Urban Transit

For many cities, the grid of the streets and transit systems were likely laid down long before the buildings grew up around them, thanks to the rigor …

Royal Brunei Airlines' first all-female pilot crew lands in Saudi Arabia, where women are forbidden from driving

The pilots are fine to land the plane in Saudi Arabia, but they have to make sure a man picks them up from the airport<p>An all-female pilot crew has touched down in Saudi Arabia, highlighting the absurdity of laws preventing women from driving cars.<p>Once grounded, the Royal Brunei pilots would have …

Saudi Arabia

Inside Lavasa, India's first entirely private city built from scratch

Still half-built a decade after construction started, is Lavasa – India’s controversial $30bn mega-project – the brave new world for smart cities, or an expensive flop?<p>The All American Diner plays 1950s rock’n’roll through a tinny speaker, the retro booths are traditional red and the burgers are …

Burgers

The Rise and Fall of an African American Inner City: The Case of Parramore, Orlando

Posted on March 2, 2016December 5, 2017<p>When driving around a city it is easy to overlook the erosion of the historical factors that have shaped a …

Black History

Why Andrés Duany Is So Focused on Making 'Lean Urbanism' a Thing

"Common sense has been almost completely lost in my profession," says the architect.<p>It’s getting hard to keep track of all the urbanisms. In the 1990s there was of course the “new urbanism,” anti-sprawl, neo-traditional town planning formally embraced in the Congress for the New Urbanism. That was …

The Next Century of Sustainable Communities Will Be Organized Around Transportation

The era of transit-oriented development and "networked livable communities" has arrived.<p>The Great Recession has fundamentally changed the trajectory of both real estate and transportation in the United States. For the past century, our nation's economy revolved around the production of vehicles, …

Houston's Plan to Get an Amazing New Bus System for No New Money

By eliminating route redundancies and emphasizing ridership, the city thinks it can get a better trip at the same price.<p>One of the biggest challenges facing cash-strapped mass transit agencies is how to improve service without raising costs to the public. Many reach the conclusion it can't be done …

By 2011, Atlanta Had Demolished All of Its Public Housing Projects. Where Did All Those People Go?

A new documentary looks at what happened after the city tore down 14,000 units of public housing.<p>For most of the 20th century, Atlanta was known for its public housing. The city had pioneered the concept in the 1930s, opening Techwood Homes as the nation’s first government-owned housing project in …

In the Lower Ninth Ward, a Fight Over Height

A plan to construct multi-unit buildings 7 stories tall has led to a battle in New Orleans.<p>New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward, one of the poorest and most neglected parts of town, suffered most from Hurricane Katrina. And unlike other neighborhoods, it hasn't seen a post-Katrina renewal bump over the …

The next breakthrough for a bike-friendly world: Protected intersections! (video)

This would encourage so many people to bike...<p>Protected bike lanes are great, and thankfully they are becoming more common. But when you reach an …

Islands Brygge - Application of the "Desire lines"

<b>By applying the Copenhagenize Design Company concept of “Desire Lines” to an urban space, we were able to observe behaviours of cyclists, as shown in</b> …

Architectural postcards from the USSR - CNN Style

Written by Owen Hatherley<p>Owen Hatherley is the author of <i>Militant Modernism: A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain</i>; and <i>Uncommon</i>, about the pop group Pulp. He writes regularly on the architecture for the Guardian and New Statesman. His <i>Landscapes of Communism: A History through Buildings</i> is out …

Great Britain

Joi Ito’s Plan For Urban Innovation: “Let A Thousand Weirdos Bloom”

Instead of planning for an urban renewal, the head of MIT’s Media Lab says cities should just get out of the way and make it easier for young and interesting people to do what they do best: innovate.<p>Ever since Richard Florida published <i>The Rise of the Creative Class</i>, back in 2002, urban planners …