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For Tactical Urbanism on City Streets

February 10, 2016 by Klaus Philipsen

It was about 1977 when folks from the Department of Public Works of my Stuttgart Borough of Bad Cannstatt engaged in some tactical urbanism by nailing railroad ties to the pavement of some streets in my neighborhood. In just a few hours they had some streets converted in segments of opposing one way streets to curtail cut-through traffic, had created pinch-points to slow traffic and installed the first ever counter-flow bike lane in all of the State. Baffled residents and drivers who hadn't followed the months of public debate in the local council were consoled by the assurance that this was only a test. Should it not work out, those tiles would be removed after at the latest three months, or earlier, should something appear to be dangerous.[read more]

New Videos: Inside the Landscape Architect’s Studio

February 9, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Each year at the ASLA Annual Meeting, some of the world’s top landscape architects and designers explain themselves in front of audiences of hundreds. These designers give in-depth presentations, explaining the logic behind their designs and their latest projects. Now, ASLA has made these presentations available online for free.[read more]

Rethinking the Backyard From Seattle to Toronto

February 8, 2016 by Brandon Donnelly

The Urbanist recently published a guest post, called Let Us Build Backyard Cottages, that sounds a lot like a post I wrote a few years ago, called Why It’s Next to Impossible to Get a Laneway House Built in Toronto. It’s the same story: buy house; see opportunity to build low-cost well-designed backyard cottage (or laneway house); discover the countless obstacles in front of you; give up until the land use policies become more favorable.[read more]

The Future We Want for African Cities | FUTURE CAPE TOWN

February 6, 2016 by Future Cape Town

The 7th Africities Summit theme was ambitious. It was designed to connect the available understanding of likely future trends with a considered debate about what needs to be done at the local level. In particular to address the immediate needs of service delivery, shelter, economic opportunities and safe and affordable mobility in African cities and towns.[read more]

EU Offers Millions to Cities to Spur Innovation

February 4, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

ASLA 2010 Professional General Design Award. Park 20 / 20, A Cradle to Cradle Inspired Master Plan by William McDonough + Partners / DPI Animation House ASLA 2010 Professional General Design Award. Park 20 / 20, A Cradle to Cradle Inspired Master Plan by William McDonough + Partners / DPI Animation House More than 70 percent of Europe’s population live in cities, and that number is expected to grow to 80 percent by 2050. As European cities further densify, they must find new solutions to ever-worsening problems, like congestion, pollution, and poverty. To stay ahead of these challenges, cities must remain the nexus of innovation. To ensure this happens, the European Commission (EC) just launched the Urban Innovative Actions program, which seeks bold projects that can push forward innovation in urban planning and design throughout the Union. Projects, which must be submitted by an urban government with a population of at least 50,000 people, can receive up to €5 million over three years. From now through 2020, the EC will be offering €372 million for these urban experiments.[read more]

A Visual Tour of Sustainable Urban Design Principles

February 3, 2016 by CC Huang

Our Prezi provides a visual tour of sustainable urban design, providing our rationale and key examples from China and around the world. While the 12 Green Guidelines were developed for use in China, they represent an emerging international consensus on sustainable urban development and could be used in any country.[read more]