Urban Design

Feature
14 min ago
By embracing timeless principles of urban placemaking, we can create walkable transit villages and make room for housing at every socioeconomic level. First we have to re-invigorate high quality urban design.
Gerhard Mayer
April 10, 2018, 5am PDT
Fast Company’s second-annual World Changing Ideas Awards will recognize winners in 12 categories. There are now 240 finalists.
Fast Company
Feature
April 9, 2018, 5am PDT
The mantra “eyes on the street" focuses on the physical and functional traits of urban fabric but fails to explain the high crime rate of my Jacobsian neighbourhood. Time to reconsider, look for explanations, and exchange mantras for research.
Fanis Grammenos
March 1, 2018, 11am PST
Allison Arieff finds fault with the nation's uninspired conversation on infrastructure. When urban design projects have more emotional appeal, she argues, they can unify rather than divide.
The New York Times
February 8, 2018, 10am PST
Eleven ways to make a city more walkable.
Institute for Transportation and Development Policy
February 7, 2018, 12pm PST
Community leaders say a design district in Westlake could pave the way for the erasure of L.A's Historic Filipinotown.
Curbed LA
February 5, 2018, 9am PST
A co-curricular program at a Philadelphia medical school integrates public health and city planning.
Next City
December 15, 2017, 1pm PST
Zoning ordinances are one of the most powerful ways local governments regulate development, and they should work to implement the policies in a Comprehensive Plan Update.
PlanIt - Metropolitan Council
Feature
November 28, 2017, 2pm PST
An examination of the Block Ordinance as a panacea for the ailments of modern cities.
Fanis Grammenos
September 11, 2017, 2pm PDT
In an opinion piece, architecture critic Mark Lamster discusses the merits and deficiencies of recent Dallas developments. He praises a rising sense of "progressivism" in the city's design choices.
Dallas Morning News
August 25, 2017, 10am PDT
UBC's Patrick Condon argues that for Vancouver and cities like it, simply adding supply at any level doesn't get at the root causes of the global affordable housing crisis.
The Planning Report
August 24, 2017, 12pm PDT
AVs are more than a transportation issue and will have significant impacts on real estate. Expect AVs to affect parking, sprawl, housing prices, and transit.
Urbanism Next Blog - Sustainable Cities Initiative
July 29, 2017, 7am PDT
As the arrival of autonomous vehicles (AVs) becomes more of a reality, cities need to start considering how this new technology will affect streets and street networks. This brief guide provides an overview and resources on this topic.
Urbanism Next Blog - Sustainable Cities Initiative
June 12, 2017, 2pm PDT
A new tool produced by the Regional Plan Association, the Orange County Department of Planning, the Pace University Land Use Law Center, and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy offers a starting point for people with big ideas.
Regional Plan Association
May 29, 2017, 5am PDT
The word "sticky" when applied to the urban design context has come to mean attractive and comfortable—the kind of place that makes people want to stay away and make return visits. Detroit is the latest city to experiment with the concept.
Detroit Free Press
May 24, 2017, 10am PDT
Planning and art don't traditionally mix, but that's changing. Embedded at NYC's Department of Design and Construction, artist Mary Miss envisions public art as an infrastructural aid.
Next City
May 24, 2017, 6am PDT
Two of the highest-profile planners in the city of Atlanta, Tim Keane and Ryan Gravel, have teamed up to lead a creative visioning process that could help lead Atlanta to a new era of planning and development.
Atlanta
Blog post
May 15, 2017, 8am PDT
There’s very little that differentiates proposals by four distinguished planning and design firms to better connect my university to its immediate neighborhood and the wider city. Why is that, and does it have to be that way?
Dean Saitta
March 1, 2017, 8am PST
Good urban design can make growth more appealing.
Streetsblog LA
January 25, 2017, 9am PST
Researchers at Harvard University have looked at multiple street grids around the country to identify what block size is the perfect length for walkability.
The Harvard Gazette