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March 8, 2021, 11am PST
The concept, touted as "hyper-local," can fail to take into account local conditions and historical inequities in American cities.
Bloomberg CityLab
March 8, 2021, 5am PST
New research suggests there might be a "symmetry deficit disorder" in today's built environments, with significant impacts on health, well-being, and even sustainability.
Michael W. Mehaffy, Nikos A. Salingaros
December 29, 2020, 7am PST
An annual review of the world of architecture and design from design critics at the Dallas Morning News and Curbed.
December 29, 2020, 6am PST
A thematic issue of the peer reviewed journal Urban Planning provides a framework for reassessing New Urbanism.
Urban Planning
November 30, 2020, 6am PST
Townscraper, a new "casual town building" game earned good reviews among early adopters this summer.
Bloomberg CityLab
November 22, 2020, 11am PST
Fifty years after the Chicano Moratorium, James Rojas reflects on the future of Latino Urbanism.
Common Edge
November 5, 2020, 9am PST
Subtle design interventions can facilitate safe navigation in urban environments for people with cognitive abilities effected by dementia.
Greater Greater Washington
October 18, 2020, 11am PDT
A San Francisco-based design studio describes the thought process behind an effort to push outdoor lighting design beyond the lowest common denominator allowed by bureaucracy and status quo thinking.
Nash Hurley
October 11, 2020, 11am PDT
The coronavirus has upended urban life, but it also provides an opportunity to look to new and innovative redesign of cities in the future.
The Guardian
September 23, 2020, 11am PDT
An economic development pro makes an argument for an approach to economic development that prioritizes the urban design decisions that favor community character.
Proud Places
September 23, 2020, 5am PDT
A case study in community-led neighborhood revitalization.
August 20, 2020, 10am PDT
Highlighting the ways in which the pandemic’s disruption is unleashing innovation, panelists share their hope for streamlining public-private collaborations to solve some of the region’s housing, transportation, and equity challenges.
The Planning Report
August 9, 2020, 11am PDT
Speed limits are currently determined by a calculation that considers only the status quo of vehicular velocity. Standard practices for speed limit setting and legislators should prioritize the safety of community members, according to this article.
June 8, 2020, 5am PDT
A Black architect calls on designers to recommit their training and expertise to account for the health and safety of all, especially those who have been most harmed by the status quo of the built environment.
Fast Company
May 10, 2020, 5am PDT
A Long Beach-based urban design firm shares design tips for reopening main streets while balancing public health and economic concerns—making space for parklets, pedestrians, and al fresco dining.
April 21, 2020, 5am PDT
Software and other fields have made brilliant progress with the pattern language methodology, while built environment fields lag badly, mired in parochial debates over the massive book that invented the methodology.
Michael Mehaffy
April 16, 2020, 12pm PDT
Response to coronavirus challenges in urban settings will likely be a continuity of work started decades ago.
March 31, 2020, 8am PDT
Cities have an opportunity to make bold changes that would give pedestrians and cyclists the space on streets that they deserve.
The Verge
January 13, 2020, 10am PST
A common part of the urban landscape, scaffolds are mostly ignored or detested. But these in-between spaces can also take on a life of their own.
The New York Times
December 31, 2019, 5am PST
This annual architecture and design award has been kicking for ten years now, and 2019 provides the perfect opportunity to review the decade that was the 2010s.