History / Preservation

November 20, 2014, 5am PST
For almost as long as social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram have been in existence, users have had a morbid fascination with examples of derelict and destroyed architecture. Social media, however, can be more celebratory of the past.
The New Yorker
November 19, 2014, 1pm PST
Historic buildings add character to neighborhoods. When torn down, pieces of history are also stripped from the city; when restored, they can act as catalysts for revitalization.
Elevation DC
November 18, 2014, 1pm PST
In Washington, D.C., residents, shops and restaurants come and go, often moving from neighborhood to neighborhood. But churches remain. They anchor the community as it changes, and often find themselves changing with it.
Elevation DC
November 18, 2014, 10am PST
In his latest two contributions from the south of France, Chuck Wolfe reminds urbanists of the backdrop of the human dimension of affinity, conversation and daily rituals that stand behind the physical, human scale.
The Huffington Post
November 14, 2014, 7am PST
According to researchers and practitioners in the United Kingdom, there's still room for another urbanism. Chuck Wolfe digests the recent Summit on Plot-Based Urbanism from Glasgow.
myurbanist
November 11, 2014, 7am PST
The Post Office once used trains but no more, unlike the United Parcel Service (UPS). A new reports recommends that the Post Office return to their past, though not necessarily sorting the mail on the train like you might see in a rail museum.
Linns.com
November 10, 2014, 2pm PST
Postmodernism lacks the popularity of other eras of architectural design and is too young to be appreciated for history's sake. Can preservationists learn to love underappreciated gems of Postmodernism before it's too late?
Metropolis
November 7, 2014, 2pm PST
A small non-profit in Portland, Oregon is attempting to provide neighborhood-based historic and cultural information for residents and tourists in specific, unique ways.
Urbanful
Blog post
November 3, 2014, 6am PST
It's a provocative and rage-inducing question, but a potentially useful one for promoting discussion about the cross-cultural meaning of public space.
Dean Saitta
October 24, 2014, 11am PDT
As the redesign for LOVE Park begins, Ashley Hahn reminds us of the park's role in supporting and maintaining civic life in the city of brotherly love.
PlanPhilly
October 21, 2014, 8am PDT
One of the most important officials in New York State transportation history died Oct. 15: William J. Ronan, who took on Robert Moses to form the country's largest, most diversified transportation agency, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
The New York Times
Blog post
October 20, 2014, 5am PDT
Does a 100-year-old tent colony located on a 40-acre piece of remote, sunbaked and windswept prairie have anything to teach us about intercultural urban planning and design?
Dean Saitta
October 9, 2014, 10am PDT
In his fourth "place-decoding" essay from France, Chuck Wolfe illustrates how a traditional placemaking intervention is especially powerful when underlying urban fundamentals align.
Huffington Post
October 6, 2014, 1pm PDT
The quest to preserve the masterpieces of modern architecture can also provide a model for preserving lesser-known construction from the 20th century. An initiative of the Getty Conservation Institute would achieve both goals.
Los Angeles Times
October 6, 2014, 10am PDT
Emerging from a half century of dictatorship, can Myanmar's principal city be a model of sustainable, democratic development?
Places Journal
October 3, 2014, 9am PDT
One possible frame though which to consider the ongoing evolution of cities like San Francisco: the measures (sometimes) taken to preserve the historic fabric of the city.
Socket Site
October 1, 2014, 7am PDT
Greek orators, current solution-based efforts, and 25 photographs remind us of the central role of human opportunity in the urban environment.
The Huffington Post
September 30, 2014, 2pm PDT
New Jersey School of Architecture Director Darius Sollohub writes that transportation planners and engineers should consider what their infrastructure designs will say to today's users and future generations in an essay in InTransition magazine.
InTransition Magazine
September 28, 2014, 1pm PDT
Eleri Harris offers a graphic account of the historic planning and design of Canberra, Australia—designed and planned by Americans, Walter Burley Griffen and Marion Mahony Griffin.
Medium
September 26, 2014, 6am PDT
From the never built files (except this time for good reason): A proposal not endorsed during a 19070s expansion plan for the Getty Villa in the Pacific Palisades was a recreation of Mount Vesuvius.
ARTINFO