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Urban Form

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December 13, 2018, 9am PST
Michael Hooper of Harvard University writes about a recent article in the Journal of Planning Education and Research
January 27, 2017, 5am PST
Street networks and city blocks, reduced to their fundamental attributes, reveal the vast differences between cities.
Geoff Boeing
October 8, 2013, 10am PDT
In an illustrated essay, Chuck Wolfe contrasts the ideal form of the New England town with an abandoned French village, calling out the human infrastructure essential to successful urban places.
September 15, 2012, 9am PDT
A project by French artist Armelle Caron looks at what happens when you take the patterns of blocks that make up a city's form and organize and stack them sideways. Robert Krulwich investigates what such an exercise reveals about a city.
June 19, 2012, 9am PDT
Zócalo Public Square has gathered together four accomplished planning and development professionals to give their opinions on which scholar or intellectual of the last 50 years has had the greatest impact on the cities we live in today.
Zocalo Public Square
January 23, 2012, 1pm PST
Paul Knight delivers an impassioned defense of the gridded urban form against its many criticisms -- that its boring, its unnatural, its only use is to maximize profits for developers, etc.
June 17, 2011, 9am PDT
The patterns of urban development over the past few decades have pushed more and more people into cars by necessity. But as design priorities change, so are people's walking and driving habits.
August 20, 2010, 7am PDT
Various rules and regulations control the form of today's cities. This info graphic and article from <em>re:place</em> looks at how those systems control the urban environment and how they compare.
January 31, 2010, 9am PST
That's where authors Nathan Cherry and Kurt Nagle found their inspiration for their new book about urban form. Grid/Street/Place.
The Huffington Post
September 27, 2009, 5am PDT
Some call it a city of neighborhoods. This piece from the <em>San Francisco Chronicle</em> looks at the history of the urban form of San Francisco and why it looks the way it does today.
San Francisco Chronicle