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More Before-and-After Photos of the World's Best Street Designs

A newly updated archive lets you track images of urban makeovers across the world.<p>Across the world, street design that favors automobiles and ignores pedestrians and cyclists is being rethought—a newly updated resource created by the Brazilian urban design collective Urb-i allows you to chart just …

Behold the Dizzying Pedestrian Bridge Copenhagen Is Building Above Its Harbor

Cities can learn a lot from Copenhagen’s multimodal ways. But how about this inspiring piece of infrastructure from the Danish city: Instead of …

Copenhagen

5 Big Ideas From The Chicago Architecture Biennial

How design could heal the fractured relationship between people and police and other key takeaways from the Chicago Architecture Biennial.<p>It’s safe to say that architecture and Chicago’s history are inextricably linked. The city was the stomping grounds of Bauhaus great Mies van der Rohe. Frank …

Urbanism

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 …

Architecture

Work begins on Chicago's first 'shared street'

Construction is beginning on Chicago's first "shared street" project that will transform a three-block stretch of Argyle Street in Uptown into a European-style plaza boulevard where pedestrians, bicyclists and motor vehicles must learn to co-exist in one wide, curb-less lane, city officials said …

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 …

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 …

How Urban Designers Can Get Smaller Cities Walking

A new study identifies two important street features that draw pedestrians—outside of New York City.<p>Earlier this week, my colleague Eric Jaffe wrote about the three design traits shared by New York City’s most walkable streets, according to a recent study.<p>After counting pedestrians on hundreds of …

Charles Correa and India's smart city | India

The career of the visionary Indian architect Charles Correa, who passed away last week at the age of 84, serves as a window on modern India as much as that of any great Indian public figure of the 20th century, whether Gandhi or Tagore, Ambedkar or Satyajit Ray.<p>Partly, this was because of Correa's …

Why Are There So Many Calder Sculptures In Architects’ Renderings?

An architectural rendering needs to communicate what the final building will look like, but without the landscape, people and art that add character to it, the CG assets can end up looking dead. <i>Hyperallergic</i> noticed that in the last year alone, designers turn–with shocking frequency–to the work of …

Art

SHoP reveals design for downtown Miami's proposed "Innovation District"

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Miami

Here’s How American Cities Can Learn From Italian Piazzas

When the paradigm of modernist architecture crumbled, urbanists began a quest for credible alternatives that often took them to the streets and …

Urbanism

A Gorgeous Atlas of New York Tree Species

Mapping 592,130 trees right down to trunk size.<p>Though New York can sometimes seem like a drab warren of chain-link fence and oily pavement, the city actually has an impressive number of trees. On the streets alone—not counting private properties and parks—there were 592,130 at last reckoning, a …

Why You Keep Seeing Plans for Off-Shore Parks

Building over-water park infrastructure is one approach for dense cities. But are these parks a flashy design fad or a real urban solution?<p>On Monday, reporters at <i>The New York Times</i> broke the news about highly confidential plans for a park on the Hudson River. The project, a $170 glimmer in …

This Dutch City Built a Glowing 'Van Gogh' Bike Path for Psychedelic Cyclists

The luminescent path is modeled after the painter's "The Starry Night."<p>Psychonauts seeking a two-wheeled spirit quest should head to northern Europe, where the Dutch have just unveiled a dreamy bike path that makes it seem like you're riding atop the Milky Way.<p>The "Van Gogh-Roosegaarde" cycle …

3 Big Challenges for Planning Multi-Modal Cities

It's just not as simple as "stop prioritizing cars."<p>Cities of all sizes are reorienting their transportation priorities toward people over cars. Rebranding streets as "complete," "shared," or "great" reflects a turn away from automobility as the only choice for urban travel. Local transportation …

Architects propose radical new designs for New York's Penn Station

A number of design firms have drawn up plans for new a Penn Station and Madison Square Garden as part of campaign to rebuild the complex. Renowned studios SHoP Architects, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and H3 were all asked to re-imagine the New York landmarks by the …

A Futuristic Approach to Adding Solar Power to Public Space

A New Documentary Highlights the Reinvention of America's Streets

One Key Thing That Sets the U.S. Apart From Other Cycling Cultures

Herzog & de Meuron Unveils Pedestrian-Centric City Center for Lyon Confluence

The Mayor of Lyon, France, has unveiled plans for a dense, mixed-use district planned for the Lyon Confluence. Masterplanned by <b>Herzog & de Meuron</b>, in …

Herzog & de Meuron

How to Preserve Post-War Modernism

<i>This article by Carlos Harrison appeared in Preservation Magazine as</i> Reinvention Reinvented: Hope for Modernism<i>, and discusses the issues surrounding</i> …

National Trust

How to Make Cities Happier Places

David Adjaye Unveils Uganda Office Complex

<b>David Adjaye</b> has been selected to design what will be the centerpiece of the largest redevelopment project in Africa’s history. The British …

Architecture

New Images Unveiled of Cornell Tech’s Roosevelt Island Campus

New information has been released — along with a series of renders — seven months after the New York City Council approved Cornell University's two …

Skyscrapers

OMA, Foster + Partners, Heatherwick Studio Recruited to Design 'Faena District' of Miami Beach

Alan Faena — prominent argentine developer — is partnering with an all-star cast of celebrated artists, architects and Hollywood darlings to revive …

Architecture