Balancing Aesthetics and Affordability
Policies too narrowly focused on design can drive up the cost of construction and prevent the development of affordable housing.
New 'Design Excellence Overlay' Aims to Inspire New Development in Missoula
The city of Missoula professes a strategy of "focusing inward" when it comes to growth and development. A new 'Design Excellence Overlay' will help achieve more goals toward that strategy in the city's downtown.
The Landscape Architect’s Guide to Sustainable Transportation
How to design a transit system that is safe, green, and beautiful.
Seattle's Popular Capitol Hill Neighborhood Getting New Design Guidelines
The new guidelines will allow for new design decisions in a neighborhood undergoing rapid change.
BART's Transit-Oriented Development Bill Sets Disturbing Precedent, Says APA
AB 2923, which would allow the Bay Area Rapid Transit District to rezone their properties near stations for transit-oriented development, passed its first committee. The California chapter of APA objects to the preemption of local land use authority.
Keeping Our Children Safe After the Parkland High School Shooting
In the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting in Florida, the debate has been wide-ranging, from gun safety to arming teachers. All agree students must be safe, so why not look at architecture? The NRA has some tips.
Faced With Rapid Growth, Seattle's South Lake Union Revamps its Design Guidelines
A popular and changing neighborhood in Seattle has recommitted itself to urban design.
NACTO Releases New 'Urban Stormwater Guide'
The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) adds a logical supplement to their library of street design guides: a guide to stormwater infrastructure that is often built alongside or as part of road infrastructure.
New York Unveils Design Guidelines for Climate Resiliency
New York is piloting new building design guidelines aimed at improving the city's climate resiliency.
How Not to Solve a Housing Crisis
More trouble in River City, as Portland and Oregon struggle with rising housing costs and come up with a puzzling solution.
County of San Diego
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.