Urbanism

Is the Urban Renaissance Over?

The suburbs might be growing faster right now, but don’t be glum about the prospects for urban growth and revitalization.<p>Earlier this week, <i>The New York Times</i> published an op-ed from Jed Kolko—”Seattle Climbs but Austin Sprawls, The Myth of the Return to Cities”—offering up another iteration of his …

Urban Design

London’s Camden Town is set to get its very own New York-style High Line park

London’s Camden Town could soon be home to a new elevated green space, to rival the popular High Line in New York City. Plans have recently been unveiled for The Camden Highline, which propose turning railway ruins into a new public park. The Highline would be a 0.8km long, 8m high garden walkway, …

London

Complete communities at all scales, for everyone

Once started, I found Philip Langdon's new book, <i>Within Walking Distance: Creating Livable Communities for All</i>, hard to put down. I worked with Phil …

Urban Design

Trump’s infrastructure plan: New proposals favor car-centric transportation

Significant funding cuts, and a focus on private investment, would shift focus towards cars and roadways<p>Earlier this month, it seemed President Donald Trump’s infrastructure plan had stalled, with plenty of discussion taking place, but no concrete proposals or spending plans. This week, things have …

Urban Design

The empathy machine: can VR stop bad city developments before they happen?

From ‘meeting’ a resident affected by HS2 to ‘cycling’ along a proposed bike lane through the city, VR can have a powerful impact in the real world<p>When I first meet him near Euston station in central London, the Norwegian architect Haavard Tveito is carrying a copy of Ernest Cline’s dystopian novel …

Urban Planning

When Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier Had a Public Argument in The New York Times

Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier are both architects who were known for their grand and innovative ideas—as well as for their high esteem for …

Frank Lloyd Wright

$1 billion Irving mixed-use project heads toward start | Real Estate

Developers are getting closer to starting work on North Texas' next major mixed-use development.<p>Verizon and KDC's $1 billion Hidden Ridge development …

Urban Design

Cycling deaths just ‘a matter of time’ on path without safety barriers, advocate says

A simple guard rail could have saved the life of a five-year-old boy who was fatally struck by a car Wednesday evening when he fell into traffic from …

Urban Design

Pugh names new director of Baltimore recreation and parks

Mayor Catherine Pugh on Thursday named a new director of Baltimore's Recreation and Parks Department.Pugh hired Reginald Moore, the director of the …

Urban Design

Paris to redesign three defunct metro stations

“Reinvent Paris” calls for proposals to develop 34 underground sites throughout the city<p>The city of Paris hopes to see some of its future development happen underground.<p>“Reinvent Paris 2” is an international competition to develop 34 unused underground sites throughout the city that include …

Urban Design

Union Station plans fail to live up to lofty rhetoric

Almost apologetically, backers of the just-announced plans for redeveloping Chicago's Union Station are characterizing their proposals as preliminary and conceptual. Apologies are indeed in order. The drawings fail to live up to the lofty rhetoric that Amtrak executives and Mayor Rahm Emanuel …

Urban Design

Old highway becomes public park with 24,000 plants in Seoul

Seoullo 7017 runs above Seoul Station<p>A new urban garden has risen in the heart of Seoul, South Korea, where a 938-meter (3,077-feet) elevated highway first built in 1970 has been transformed into a “sky garden” featuring 24,000 trees, shrubs, and flowers.<p>Designed by Rotterdam-based practice MVRDV, …

Phoenix now the 5th-largest city in the US, census says

Phoenix has officially edged out Philadelphia to become the fifth biggest city in the U.S.<p>The total population of the city is 1,615,017, according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday. The new population count allowed the city to surpass Philadelphia, its closest population …

Urban Design

City wants to widen sidewalks near Penn Station

The city wants to close a lane of traffic on Seventh Avenue to widen pedestrian-clogged sidewalks between Penn Station and Times Square.<p>Under the …

Urban Design

Is the Urban Renaissance a Myth?

Over the past decade, the rapid pace of development in Uptown, the rebound of downtown Dallas, the spread of infill development in near-center …

Urban Design

MVRDV's SkyGarden opens in Seoul

When important projects get built we often have a look back and the renderings and wonder, did it live up to the hype? When MVRDV won a competition …

Sustainability

Miami-Dade County considering to bridge 87th Avenue in Palmetto Bay

In the mid-1900s, Miami-Dade County constructed a series of zigzagging canals to control flooding. The canals snake through neighborhoods across the …

San Francisco Bay Area

St. Louis finishes in top 20 for urban park space

Trust for Public Lands ranks St. Louis 17th out of top 100 cities

Urban Design

How Autonomous Cars and Buses Will Change Urban Planning (Industry Perspective)

The driverless vehicle shows promise as one of the biggest technological breakthroughs since the assembly line. The safety benefits alone have …

Transportation

Amsterdam Airbnb in a Metro Station Mocks Misleading & Harmful Hotels

Anyplace can be an Airbnb – including vans, sheds, housing that should rightfully be for rent to the city’s residents, and cozy rooms ‘by the metro’ …

Hotels

Gothenburg to Realise Henning Larsen's Mixed-Use Urban District

Like many European urban districts, the Swedish city of Gothenburg is in the process of transforming old industrial areas along its waterfront into …

Bamboo Architecture: 14 Sustainable and Spectacular Organic Structures

Extraordinarily flexible yet strong, the fast-growing grass known as bamboo serves as a versatile medium for architectural projects with sculptural …

Architecture

People still like Cuomo despite state’s incompetent transit systems

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is riding high in popularity despite the constant mass transit delays infuriating city and suburban commuters, a new survey reveals.<p>…

Urban Design

Major changes to Bridge Pedal route means three fewer bridges this year

The St. Johns Bridge is one of four Portland spans that won’t be included in this year’s routes.<br>(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)<p>“We have been working …

Urban Design

Pasadena rejects hotel proposal for Julia Morgan’s historic YWCA building

Now it’s figuring out a Plan B<p>Pasadena will spend at least $500,000 to secure and stabilize its vacant YWCA building while it comes up with a new plan to restore and reuse it in the wake of a decision to scrap a proposal to turn the historic building into a luxury boutique hotel.<p>The City Council …

'Guerrilla Bike Lanes' Prove a Reluctant City Wrong

Officials in Latvia’s capital keep saying there’s no room for dedicated lanes. Cycling activists just showed them how it’s done.<p>When city officials insist there’s no room for bike lanes, how can you change their minds? For cycling activists in Latvia’s capital, the answer was to do it …

Urban Design

The Return to Sprawl Is More About Supply Than Demand

Everyone wants walkable neighborhoods close to shopping, restaurants and highways. Not everyone can have them.<p>Getting new housing built in San Francisco is a famously difficult endeavor. The city is hemmed in by water on three sides, ran out of greenfield tracts to build on in the 1950s, and is …

Urban Design

Here’s how Philly’s parks compare to other U.S. cities

Why does Philly keep falling in the rankings?<p>Philly’s Fairmount Parks system is consistently touted as one of the city’s greatest and greenest treasures, an immense 9,200-acre collection of parks scattered throughout Philadelphia. But while it’s impressive in its own right, a new report reveals …

Urban Design

1970s highway starts new life as greenery-filled walkway

It's always interesting to see how well fanciful renders translate into an actual project and the MVRDV-designed Seoullo 7017 Skygarden is no …

Urban Design

Denver’s increasing population density takes its toll: breathing room drops below national norm

A decade of high-density development and population growth inside Denver is devouring breathing room: Open space per resident has shrunk to less than …

Urban Design