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August 07 2013

Fashionable Milan: Does Design Week “Re-Design” the City?

August 7th, 2013Posted by 

Milan is internationally acknowledged for its strong, unique identity in industrial design, fashion, and architecture. Every year the city hosts events that have a temporary imprint on the urban design and street dynamics in several neighborhoods. “Fashion Week” is a week-long event in which fashion designers and brands display their new collections in organized runway […]

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August 01 2013

Taking the Prairie to the Suburbs: Introducing Sustainable Urban Landscapes

August 1st, 2013Posted by 

When one imagines a Nebraska landscape, it is assumed that most of the land consists of large amounts of flat plains and prairie. This familiar landscape is also finding its way into Nebraska’s urban landscapes; bringing the prairie to the suburbs. Plants commonly associated with prairie landscapes have adapted to Nebraska’s often unpredictable weather patterns, which […]

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July 25 2013

Advancing Sustainable Urban Planning at the Esri 2013 Conference

July 25th, 2013Posted by 

I recently attended the 2013 Esri International User Conference with over 15,000 others in San Diego interested in Geographic Information Science or Systems (GIS). Focused on GIS to enable sustainable urban planning, I found that CityEngine launched upgrades with V10.2, simplifying the conversion of 2D imaging into 3D with just five steps, for preview of […]

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July 24 2013

Lakeview Commons Triumphs with Summer Placemaking in South Lake Tahoe

July 24th, 2013Posted by 

One of the greatest ways a city can bring a community together is through a public park. Public parks benefit our cities in many ways, from public health and recreational opportunities, to strengthening the bonds between friends and families. Most of us can remember when a park we frequented was torn down and converted into […]

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July 22 2013

Are New Orleans Cultural Events Encouraging Violent Crimes?

July 22nd, 2013Posted by 

Built in the 1720s, New Orleans, Louisiana is an old city with crumbling streets, historic architecture, and tiny lots. The unique quality about Nola, despite the city’s obvious wear, is the sense of community culturally embedded into the daily life of its citizens, revolving around eating, drinking, and otherwise taking it easy. However, as the […]

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July 17 2013

Where Landscape Architects Go: The Top 10 Landscape Architecture Websites for 2013 – And Coverage of the Top 20

July 17th, 2013Posted by 

On August 28, 2012 we released the Top 20 International Landscape Architecture Websites 2012. Now, the time has come to create a new list for 2013.  This year’s Top 20 lists for urban planning and architecture were released on July 1st and we were excited to see a mix of sites from last year’s lists, […]

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July 16 2013

San Francisco’s Waterfront in Search of a New Look

July 16th, 2013Posted by 

San Francisco has been the beneficiary—some might say victim– of an impressive construction boom during the past 18 months. Cranes can be seen going to work in several neighborhoods around the city, both in the heart of the downtown or along the aquatic edges that border the bay. The changes San Francisco can expect to see along its waterfront signify not only growth, but also a […]

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July 12 2013

Discovering Successful Neighborhood Elements in South Minneapolis

July 12th, 2013Posted by 

We all know when a neighborhood is livable. When a street works, it feels charming by instinct. But why? What specific urban planning techniques make a street successful? To discover these answers, I took a look at communities in South Minneapolis to uncover how neighborhoods have succeeded in captivating their citizens. Although there is a plethora […]

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July 11 2013

Oakland Potential for Food Independence

July 11th, 2013Posted by 

Food access and policy is essential to an urban environment, and like other components of city life, is often hijacked by corporate control. The recent awarding of the “World Food Prize,” essentially by biotech monopolies to themselves, is depictive of some of the tactics used by institutions such as Monsanto and Syngenta. As pointed out […]

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July 10 2013

Sustainable Campuses: Universities Acting Locally and Educating Globally

July 10th, 2013Posted by 

One of the main concerns of urban planners nowadays is designing for a more sustainable environment. As planners, we commit to provide innovative ideas for sustainable urban design – but what about the others? When it comes to these sustainability principles, universities play a strong role in educating the next generation. Can universities educate a lifestyle towards more sustainable behavior? […]

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June 21 2013

Grayscale Cincinnati Seeks to Reactivate Former Brewery Complex

June 21st, 2013Posted by 

The former Jackson Brewery stands at 208 Mohawk Street, facing southward with an impressive view of the downtown Cincinnati skyline. The iconic building – with its well-known “METAL BLAST” logo – has maintained an enduring place in Cincinnati brewing history. The brewery, which has gone through many uses since its closing, will soon be reborn as Grayscale Cincinnati, […]

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June 20 2013

A New Vocabulary in Design: A Book Review of Groundwork: Between Landscape and Architecture

June 20th, 2013Posted by 

How should we expand and design our growing cities to adapt to our changing global community? In Groundwork: Between Landscape and Architecture, authors Diana Balmori, renowned landscape and urban planner, as well as architect Joel Sanders set out to derive a new vocabulary in sustainable design to answer this very question. In doing so, they explain designing for […]

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June 17 2013

City of Parks: The Inherent Importance of Park Land Preservation and Planning

June 17th, 2013Posted by 

The Trust for Public Land Park Score index ranked the “City of Lakes” Minneapolis, Minnesota as the #1 Park System in the Nation, with New York, NY coming in second. The city’s park system scored high in every category, which includes the size of the parks, the amount of money spent on them, and their […]

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June 13 2013

Why We’re Broke: Closing Plenary at the Congress for the New Urbanism’s CNU21

June 13th, 2013Posted by 

Charles (Chuck) Marohne, Strong Towns Chuck Marohne, Executive Director of Strong Towns, said that the mechanisms of growth we have become accustomed to are waning. Local governments are forced to absorb the costs of new standards and requirements set by the powers that be. He argued that the current pattern of development is not sustainable […]

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June 11 2013

Çamlıca Camii Projesi Hakkında Görüşünüz Nedir?

June 11th, 2013Posted by 

Çamlıca Camii Projesi İstanbul’da Çamlıca Tepesi için düşünülen, tamamlandığında 110.000 metrekare alan büyüklüğüne sahip olacak ve 29.700 nüfuslu Kısıklı Mahallesi’nde bulunacak bir projedir. Hâlihazırda kamuoyundan çok sayıda olumlu ve olumsuz eleştiriler alan proje hakkında sizlerin de görüşlerini almak istedik. Aşağıda yer alan video, görsel ve metinleri inceleyebilir, anonim olarak İngilizce ya da Türkçe yanıtlayabileceğiniz dort […]

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June 11 2013

Asia’s Sprawling, High Density Future: Exporting New Urbanism to Developing Countries at The Congress for the New Urbanism’s CNU21

June 11th, 2013Posted by 

Dan Solomon, Mithun | Solomon Dan Solomon, CNU co-founder, author, and Principal at Mithun | Solomon, opened the session by saying that in the context of new urbanism concepts being introduced to developing countries, “We can’t exactly declare victory, but we’ve made our presence strong.” Overall, he explained the urban planning struggles in China. He […]

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June 10 2013

With the Environment in Mind: Planting Guides

June 10th, 2013Posted by 

In the age of sustainability and more environmently-minded people, landscaping guides are more prominent now than in the past few decades. A landscape guide sets out specific plants pertaining to a certain region, city, or town. Their main purpose is to solidify the native and non-native species in a given area, including, but not limited […]

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June 07 2013

U Square Student Development Poised to Open Doors to Public

June 7th, 2013Posted by 

The University of Cincinnati campus has grown significantly in recent years – earning national distinction for its campus transformation – achieved through successful visioning and leadership in the last decade. This growth, which has elevated the rankings and reputation of the university 17 points (to the top tier of national universities in 2011), has likewise […]

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June 05 2013

The Indispensable Greenery of Astana, Kazakhstan

June 5th, 2013Posted by 

Astana, Kazakhstan. Astana’s extensive greenery contrasts sharply with its backdrop, the Kazakh steppe, an expansive plain characterized by whipping winds and extreme seasonal temperature fluctuations. In the winter, temperatures plummet to -45, while in summer, temperatures rise to 99 degrees Fahrenheit! Astana’s parks and recreational spaces, landscaped institutional and civic commons, and tree-lined thoroughfares are practical […]

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June 02 2013

Sarah Susanka’s Not So Big Plenary: A Summary of the Friday Morning Plenary at The Congress for the New Urbanism’s CNU21

June 2nd, 2013Posted by 

Sarah Susanka has written nine books for her best-selling “Not So Big” series. During her plenary presentation, she emphasized the individual’s need to be the change they wish to see in the world. She agreed to design a showhouse for John McLinden of StreetScape, in the SchoolStreet development of Libertyville, IL in 2011. His development […]

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