John King looks at SoMa's 'half-baked' masterpiece of design.
"All four corners are owned by one development firm that persuaded the city to approve an in-town office park. Four 10-story buildings would frame a glass- walled outdoor "room" encompassing the entire intersection. Then, the economic boom went bust... Which leaves a project that may never be finished, two buildings that deserve a better fate -- and a lesson that city planners should never have forgotten in the first place. Growth works best one piece at a time. And those pieces should connect to what's around them, rather than try to create worlds of their own."
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Phase 1 Revealed for $20 Billion Chicago Megaproject
Plans for One Central, a proposed megadevelopment that would add 22.3 million square feet of buildings to the city of Chicago, are taking shape.
Boston Introduces 'Maximum Parking Ratios' for Large Buildings
Large buildings with uses of all kinds will be subject to Boston's new "Maximum Parking Ratios."
Survey: What Mobile Apps Are Most Useful for Planning in 2021?
Planetizen is requesting your input in creating the definitive list of mobile apps for professional, student, academic, or citizen planners—updated for a planning profession forever altered by the Covid-19 pandemic.
HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research
Rowan University's Department of Geography, Planning, & Sustainability
City Of Oakland
Hillsborough County Public Schools
City of Raleigh
This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.