13 Sep 2017

16 Ways to Design a Better Intersection—And Better Cities

IF YOU THINK the only purpose of intersections is to move cars past each other, you

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20 Jul 2017

What 5,000 Americans Think About Urban Design

Park benches, well-maintained lots, planters full of bright flowers, lamp posts — these are public

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06 Jun 2017

Living Off The Edge In A City Mall Where Design Fuels Conflict

There are few more telling signs of conflict in urban spaces than calls to send

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04 Apr 2017

How Does A City Shape Women’s Feelings Of Safety?

When authorities decide that an area of the city is “not safe”, the usual response

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22 Feb 2017

A Smart City Is, Because Its People Are.

By 2030, 60 percent of the world’s population is expected to live in mega-cities. How

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08 Nov 2016

How To Fathom And Unravel The Deception Of Density

If we think carefully about the flaws in measuring how dense a place is, we

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04 Nov 2016

Happy, Healthy, And Simple Neighbourhoods Can Be Yours

Modern life is proving more complex, tiresome and heavy-going than we imagined. We live under

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30 May 2016

Watch Suburbia Morph Into Green Squares In Cities Near You

The suburbs were the urban living format that defined Australian cities in the 20th century.

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23 May 2016

Urban Density: An Oversimplified Concept That Endanger Our Future

In debates about urban density we often find comments about buildings being too tall or

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16 May 2016

Getting Lost (Safely) Is Part Of The Fun & Smarts Of ‘Smart’ Cities

The internet has reached our cities. A smart city is optimised for efficiency, productivity and

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12 Apr 2016

Making Your Cities More Beautiful With Living Heritage

Architects, urban planners and government policymakers often aspire to make Australian cities more like Copenhagen.

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18 Mar 2016

How Resilience Grows From The Roots Of Urban Design

In this article, inspired by the movement of open spaces in cities across the world

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07 Mar 2016

Gil Penalosa : Citizens Can’t Be Spectators In Urban Planning

Gil Penalosa wants you to act now. So it’s a good thing that when he’s

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24 Feb 2016

Want A Cycling City? Design For Traffic Safety

The World Bicycle Forum in Medellín, Colombia last 2015 brought together more than 4,000 attendees

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13 Jan 2016

Why Modern Cities Kills Nightingale’s Song

The Commons apartment building in the inner Melbourne suburb of Brunswick has won swags of

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04 Jan 2016

Start Asking People What They Want From The Smart Cities Of The Future

“Future cities, where infrastructure adapts to our needs, offer an enticing prospect.” But who is

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17 Nov 2015

What Children Can Teach Us About Community

A local library asked kids and adults what they want in their community. The answers

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10 Sep 2015

How Should We Design Cities To Make The Most Of Urban Ecosystems?

Back in 1839, public health expert J F Murray published his article The Lungs of

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31 Aug 2015

How To Build In Neighbourhoods With Lean Methodology

In some ways, is a rejection of wonk — a way to show and not tell.

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29 Jul 2015

19th-Century Arches Could Be Key To Pedestrian Safety

Matthew Falber led walking tours of Central Park for years before the idea struck. After

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27 Jul 2015

How American Cities Can Learn From Italian Piazzas

When the paradigm of modernist architecture crumbled, urbanists began a quest for credible alternatives that

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13 Jul 2015

A New Urban Marketplace To Address The Needs Of Our Time

They say that necessity is the mother of invention. With all the need that exists

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10 Jul 2015

How Australia Is Using Brilliant Research For Transport Problems

This article is part of the series on the Science and Research Priorities recently announced

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10 Jul 2015

What Urban Design Can Actually Do To Address Police Violence

Leaders in the field discuss what design can—and can’t—accomplish in the service of communities like

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27 Jun 2015

Stacking Cases For Street Park Conversion To Bike Lanes

San Francisco is moving forward with a plan to add protected bike lanes on Polk

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26 Jun 2015

How Spaces Of Resilience Begins With Spaces For People

People need public spaces in bad times as well as good. Public spaces are very

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17 Jun 2015

More Trees Means Better Streets Means Amazing Cities

CITIES CAN IMPACT GLOBAL WARMING BY COOLING THEMSELVES WITH TREES Cities get hotter than surrounding

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16 Jun 2015

A Case Study In Flawed Street Design

The New Urbanist neighborhood of Stapleton, Colorado, suffers from compromised planning standards. The above picture

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04 Jun 2015

The Mind Of The City For The Future Of The City

Imagine, says Alberto Hernando de Castro, you are moving to a city. Maybe it’s New

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04 Jun 2015

Can Visionary Design Renew City Living

“Urban buildings use up precious materials and cause pollution. We need visionary thinking to create more

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29 May 2015

How To Create A City That Already Exists

  In Europe 80% of the population lives in cities. The analysis of the economic,

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27 May 2015

The Cost Of Bad Urban Design : $1 Trillion A Year

Exactly how much does America’s sprawl cost every year? Somewhere in the range of a

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21 May 2015

These 10 Sliced Houses Are Residential Architectural Illusions

From suburbs to children’s toys, the iconic image of the simple five-sided section of a

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18 May 2015

Urban Sprawl Reversal In The Future

Did you know crowded cities take up only 2% of the earth’s surface, but generate

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06 May 2015

If Valley’s Tech Companies Built Cities Themselves

  Welcome to i-Town. An artist imagines Google, Facebook, Apple, and Electronic Arts as self-contained

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06 May 2015

Smaller Cities Unite

  What does Copenhagen have in common with Providence, Rhode Island? Both are small cities

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02 May 2015

Urban Environment Design And Bad Guys

  Whose job is it to prevent crime? The police? The courts? Certainly. However, I’d

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13 Apr 2015

Complete Streets 2.0 : The Transformation Of New Haven’s Streets

The city’s new approach puts an emphasis on fast, cheap, and lean designs. As a

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07 Apr 2015

Landscape Essential For Healthier Cities

The state of the nation’s health is rarely out of the news, and much has

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27 Mar 2015

Meanwhile Use, Long Term Benefit

‘Meanwhile use’ is a catch-all title adopted in recent years to describe a diverse range

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11 Mar 2015

What Makes A City Beautiful?

A provocative new video featuring Alain de Botton says beauty in urban settings must be

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10 Mar 2015

Yesterday’s Tomorrows : Future Visions Of Cities

‘A Visual History of the Future’ examines how future cities have been visualised over the

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07 Mar 2015

Downtown Is For People

This is a classic article by Jane Jacobs originally published in Fortune Magazine in 1958.

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05 Mar 2015

If Women Built Cities, What Would Our Urban Landscape Look Like?

The number of women in UK architecture firms is falling, and many urbanists are worried

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05 Mar 2015

Designing For Daylight

Embracing daylight is critical to sustainable urban development. In our increasingly urbanised world, planning regulations

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28 Feb 2015

Las Vegas’ Pedestrian-Friendly Shopping Mall

The LINQ, a new outdoor shopping district in Vegas, is betting on the profitability of

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28 Feb 2015

Science For Designers: Scaling And Fractals

With apologies to real estate agents, we’d like to say that the three most important

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27 Feb 2015

Los Angeles Renaissance And The Rise Of Street Vending

L.A. is the only one of America’s 10 largest cities where street vending is illegal.

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20 Feb 2015

The Network City

“Only connect,” the writer E. M. Forster said famously — and modern scientists working with

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12 Feb 2015

The Hidden Ways Urban Design Segregates The Poor

There’s a name for uncomfortable benches, hard-to-reach parks, and ubiquitous surveillance: disciplinary architecture. When news

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