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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

17 Jun 2015

More Trees Means Better Streets Means Amazing Cities


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

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

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

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,

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

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

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

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

06 May 2015

Smaller Cities Unite

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

02 May 2015

Urban Environment Design And Bad Guys

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

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

07 Apr 2015

Landscape Essential For Healthier Cities

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

27 Mar 2015

Meanwhile Use, Long Term Benefit

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

11 Mar 2015

What Makes A City Beautiful?

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

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

07 Mar 2015

Downtown Is For People

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

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

05 Mar 2015

Designing For Daylight

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

28 Feb 2015

Las Vegas’ Pedestrian-Friendly Shopping Mall

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

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

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.

20 Feb 2015

The Network City

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

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