Urban Design

March 21, 2016, 5am PDT
It's a term that gets bandied about by the "creative class" to describe an endless array of projects, from whimsical pop-up art to new uses for century-old buildings. But what does placemaking really mean?
Comstock's Magazine
February 18, 2016, 11am PST
In this era of increased inequality, socially-blind urban planning is morally questionable. Specifically, on the issue of homelessness in America, there are three problems to which planners need to pay particular attention.
Shelterforce/Rooflines
February 15, 2016, 9am PST
From Motown to grunge, techno to hip hop, modern music came to life in garages, living rooms, churches, and warehouses. Urban design has been instrumental to what we listen to every day.
The Guardian Cities
December 31, 2015, 6am PST
An unfamiliar title for a familiar collection of concepts, psychogeography examines the good and bad effects of environments on the thoughts and feelings of people.
The Urban Edge
December 29, 2015, 6am PST
Designers and architects in Charlotte, North Carolina are asking the city to raise the bar when approving new apartment buildings to prevent more of the repetitive wood-frame design that has swept the city.
The Charlotte Observer
December 7, 2015, 8am PST
Millennials and an aging Baby Boomer population have put a premium on "the hottest trend in real estate": walkability.
The Huffington Post
November 26, 2015, 7am PST
Ten key conferences in 2016 for planners, architects, and urban design professionals, summarized by Clement Lau, a Los Angeles County planner.
UrbDeZine
October 31, 2015, 11am PDT
Research into the various shapes of cities in India may be able to predict the economic success of the city's residents.
Knowledge @ Wharton
October 27, 2015, 7am PDT
With statistics showing that fewer than half of Americans know their neighbors, bringing neighborliness to neighborhoods remains a challenge for urban planners.
The Chicago Tribune
Blog post
September 1, 2015, 10am PDT
Too many city plans represent business-as-usual, sit on a shelf collecting dust, or miss the chance to reflect a truly game-changing moment in the direction of a city. Want your new city plan process to result in a great plan? Consider these 10 keys.
Brent Toderian
August 25, 2015, 11am PDT
Low crime rates and affordable property preoccupy adults, but kids need something more: the ability to walk the streets and play out on their own. In The Guardian, Viv Groskop explores the "popsicle test" and other elements of child-friendly cities.
The Guardian
Feature
August 4, 2015, 5am PDT
Sean O'Malley and Andrew Watkins, of the landscape architecture, planning, and urban design firm SWA, describe the benefits of a design process that empowers people and communities to participate.
Sean O'Malley and Andrew Watkins
July 24, 2015, 2pm PDT
A World Research Institute report offers seven prescriptions for designing safer cities. At the top of the list: avoid sprawl.
Motherboard
July 23, 2015, 2pm PDT
Could something as simple of the material selected for a residential tower prove the "antidote to suburban blandness"? A Parisian suburb thinks so.
Frame
July 8, 2015, 1pm PDT
A local columnist voices a harsh critique of a development proposed for one of Tampa's most beloved streets. So far the developer seems responsive to the community's concerns.
Creative Loafing Tampa Bay
Blog post
June 16, 2015, 11am PDT
Can cities stop growth? is there an ideal size for a city-region? What really matters is HOW a city grows big, not how big a city grows. Design matters. When people suggest a city is getting too big, shift the conversation from quantity to quality.
Brent Toderian
June 4, 2015, 10am PDT
For the first 300-or-so years of its history, Boston built some of the most handsome, historic neighborhoods in the country. Lately, says critic Rachel Slade, it has given in to mediocrity. Mayor Marty Walsh is trying to undo the damage.
Boston Magazine
June 2, 2015, 10am PDT
Improvements funded by the developer of the 73-story Wilshire Grand project will make Downtown Los Angeles' main thoroughfare a better place to walk, bike, and use public transit.
Urbanize LA
May 5, 2015, 7am PDT
Baltimore was only beginning to undo the ill effects of the architecture and planning response to the riots of 1968 when the protests and unrest of 2015 struck. Can the architecture field produce a more positive response to violence this time?
Architect Magazine
April 10, 2015, 1pm PDT
Situated at the confluence of the St. Joseph, St. Marys, and Maumee Rivers, Fort Wayne, Indiana is flush with funding for an ambitious waterfront revival project.
The Architect's Newspaper