Urban Design

One of the most interesting and complex challenges a city planner can be a part of, is the creation of a new city-wide plan—particularly one for an ambitious municipality that truly wants to change business-as-usual. Blog Post
Sep 1, 2015   By Brent Toderian
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.
Aug 25, 2015   The Guardian
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. Exclusive
Aug 4, 2015  By Sean O'Malley and Andrew Watkins
A World Research Institute report offers seven prescriptions for designing safer cities. At the top of the list: avoid sprawl.
Jul 24, 2015   Motherboard
Could something as simple of the material selected for a residential tower prove the "antidote to suburban blandness"? A Parisian suburb thinks so.
Jul 23, 2015   Frame
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.
Jul 8, 2015   Creative Loafing Tampa Bay
Blog Post
Every once in a while, I get asked by media or elected officials whether a successful, attractive city can decide to stop growing. A variation of that question is whether there's an ideal size for a city or region, and if a city can choose to stop growing at that ideal size. Blog Post
Jun 16, 2015   By Brent Toderian
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.
Jun 4, 2015   Boston Magazine
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.
Jun 2, 2015   Urbanize LA
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?
May 5, 2015   Architect Magazine
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.
Apr 10, 2015   The Architect's Newspaper