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The Public Spaces of the Future: Up for Negotiation

June 23, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Demo:Polis / Carolina LeiteThe jury is in. Over the next fifty years, the world’s cities will face unprecedented stresses from a changing climate, growing populations, and issues of security, resource scarcity, and civil unrest. In the design...[read more]

Unique Shape of New York City’s Flatiron Building Has Led to Sustained Prestige

June 23, 2016 by The Global Grid

Rectangular forms have defined buildings for centuries. New York City, a city defined by its dense urban development, is only possible because developers go to extreme lengths to maximize space. No building exemplifies this phenomenon better than...[read more]

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Cities vs Cities: who’s smarter?

June 22, 2016 by Vitor Pereira

Yes, cities are competing with each other. All of them look to attract the most remarkable, creative, intelligent, innovative personalities and citizens. At the same time, they're competing for tourists, companies, investments. It is a mindless competition, many times aggressive and senseless. Not even very smart. If, by 2050, 75% of the world's population is living in cities, we need to find out which cities are those going to be. Not all of them will have attractive capacities and will eventually lose population.[read more]

Finding Junk and Ideas to Repurpose

June 22, 2016 by Thomas Jameson

It is all about finding the right piece of furniture, a wood shutter or an old door, then the magic begins. Where do we find these pieces? Curb trash, dumpster diving, junk stores, flea markets, second hand stores, basements, garages, and Craig's...[read more]

Why are Cities Using Green Streets for Stormwater Management?

June 21, 2016 by Leda Marritz

Urban stormwater management and surface water quality protection is a decades old field of science and engineering. Engineers in the field are largely focused on mitigating the impacts of imperious surfaces like roads, sidewalks, parking lots and...[read more]

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Main Street project aims to give central Tallinn back to the people

June 21, 2016 by Helen Saarniit

After decades of car-centred urban planning in the centre of Tallinn, the city has decided to give the centre back to its people and enliven urban culture by creating a 21st century Main Street: a shared urban space that is safe for pedestrians and...[read more]