Urban Development

Blog post
October 31, 2008, 5pm PDT

Since arriving in Vancouver, I've realized that we are part of a "peer group" of international water cities. Through waterfront design conferences where the same cities seem to get invited time and time again, or through deeper and more interactive collegial opportunities for shared learning such as summits or study trips, these global water cities are taking every opportunity to learn from each other's successes and failures around water-edge planning and design. 

Brent Toderian
October 31, 2008, 8am PDT
'Laneway housing'- known to many in the U.S. as 'granny units'- is a popular solution for creating more housing in dense Canadian cities like North Vancouver. In fact, Mayor Darrell Mussatto lives in one.
The Georgia Straight
October 30, 2008, 2pm PDT
Architect Richard Reep argues that the fatal flaw of Celebration and other New Urbanist-style developments around Florida is the lack of jobs within walking distance.
October 30, 2008, 9am PDT
Shopping malls are rarely architectural gems. Architects, especially big-name architects, typically try to stay away from designing them. But now architects are rethinking how malls should be, and looking to examples of the distant past for guidance.
Metropolis Magazine
October 30, 2008, 7am PDT
Preservationists say that there are better ways to use buildings along Brooklyn's industrial waterfront than to demolish them.
The New York Times
October 30, 2008, 6am PDT
The UK's "eco-towns" are feeling the hurt of the current economic situation, with only one or two likely to move ahead.
Blog post
October 29, 2008, 5pm PDT
It's Halloween and that means it's costume time. But, what's that you say? Too busy updating your comprehensive plan to find a costume? Well, don't fret! I've got some last-minute costume ideas for the busy urban planner that are both fun and planning related.

Nate Berg
October 29, 2008, 12pm PDT
As more and more people move to the cities, the prevalence of economic and racial segregation becomes more and more apparent.
Next American City
October 29, 2008, 9am PDT
Decades of plans and interventions have failed to improve the Downtown East Side of Vancouver, one of Canada's most notorious neighbourhoods. The two mayoral candidates have very different visions for the DETS.
Globe and Mail
Blog post
October 28, 2008, 3pm PDT

When Vancouver City Council approved the new EcoDensity Charter and Initial Actions earlier this year, among these was a prioritized action to further develop the idea of laneway housing. 

The issues and options report relating to this work program is now available for downloading from the EcoDensity website. 

Brent Toderian
October 28, 2008, 1pm PDT
Dawanna Williams of Dabar Development Partners discusses the narrower options for mid-sized developers in the current financial climate.
The Architect's Newspaper
October 28, 2008, 8am PDT
In Nov, 2006, the residents of Berkeley approved a measure requiring the city to reduce GHG emissions by 80% by the year 2050. The draft plan has been released, and unlike an earlier version, this one emphasizes transit oriented development as key.
The Berkeley Daily Planet
October 28, 2008, 7am PDT
Next American City chats with Randal O'Toole -- the "Anti-Planner" -- about the problems of planning and what makes the ideal city.
Next American City
Blog post
October 28, 2008, 6am PDT

Here in New York City, there is an incredibly popular burger stand in Madison Square Park called The Shake Shack. It's one of the touchpoints for Silicon Alley, and a great meet-up spot. The problem is that its usually insanely crowded, with an hour-long line stretching well across the park.

Not to be defeated, Silicon Alley geeks created the Shake Shack Twitter Bot, which serves as a sort of chat room for people to report wait times at the Shake Shack. It's a few dozen lines of code that leverages Web 2.0 technology to make the city smarter, more efficient, and more fun.

Anthony Townsend
October 27, 2008, 5am PDT

In an effort to reduce traffic, citizens in Santa Monica, California have proposed a yearly cap on commercial development.

Nate Berg
Blog post
October 26, 2008, 10am PDT

Out in the bar, the world as we know it was coming to an end. In the backroom, meanwhile, smart people were trying to figure out the future of suburbia.

The bar was in the lobby of a classic desert resort in Arizona. On the TV, CNN was delivering headlines of imminent doom. It was the last days of September, and the foundations of American finance were cracking under the strains of default and distrust.

Gordon Price
October 25, 2008, 9am PDT
As part of its series on creating a sustainable future, the <em>San Francisco Bay Guardian</em> has outlined a list of steps for improving land use in the city, and argues that current plans from the mayor won't be enough.
The San Francisco Bay Guardian
October 24, 2008, 11am PDT
A reporter goes undercover as a homeless person to find out what happens when the indigent pay a visit to L.A.'s first corporate-controlled public park.
LA Weekly
October 23, 2008, 12pm PDT
The last empty lot in Boston's posh Back Bay neighborhood will soon be developed into a luxury, contextually appropriate, condominium.
Boston Globe
October 23, 2008, 7am PDT
A California-based architecture firm has been selected by a Sichuan planning department to rebuild the city of Dujiangyan after the deadly earthquake in the province earlier this year.
Architectural Record