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Designing Safer Cities in India: Reducing Speed and Protecting Pedestrians

India and Road Safety


Over 140,000 people lost their lives on our roads last year, giving India the distinction of having the highest number of road accident victims in the world. As our country continues to motorize exponentially, this problem will only grow– unless we make urgent and far-reaching changes to our road safety approach.[read more]

Five Ways to Save Lives with Urban Design

July 28, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Cut traffic deaths.

Globally, 1.24 million people are killed in traffic accidents every year, with more than 90 percent of these deaths occurring in low and middle-income counties. A review of Cities Safer by Design, a report by the World Resources Institute, which presents five basic urban design elements that create safer travel environments.[read more]

How Offices, Schools and Restaurants Benefit from Urban Design Inside Buildings

July 16, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

Inside or outside?

What does it tell us about the state of society, technology, planning and design if we use urban design terms to describe interior space arrangements and room names to describe urban design? This article is an attempt to get to some of the bigger developments behind these relationships and the terms we use to describe them.[read more]

What are Urban Design and Master Planning?

May 27, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

15 principles of wholeness in urban design

Urban Design and Master-planning defined in under 250 words each. The definitions will be used in an online application developed for the American Institute of Architects. Finding young, gifted and creative people who are willing to choose urban design as their profession is vitally important to the future well-being of the planet.[read more]

Drones Will Elevate Urban Design

March 16, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Drones and Design

The FAA recently released long-awaited guidelines for commercial drones. Despite many skeptics’ expectations of stringent laws that would ground the drone industry in the US, these proposed regulations are pragmatic and will undoubtedly lead to growth and innovation.[read more]

SMART's New Shelter Designs are Even Worse Than Before

February 28, 2015 by David Edmondson

Shelter Design Problems?

SMART may be on the verge of making a serious mistake. Back in August, 2014, the rail agency released its “65%” plans for stations to decidedly mixed reviews. Stung by the criticism, particularly from San Rafael mayor Gary Phillips who called the designs “ridiculous”, SMART went into a long internal huddle.[read more]

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Empowering Sustainable Actions Through Design

February 5, 2015 by This Big City

Design and Sustainability

Today’s cities are filled with creative ideas on how to decrease waste and make recycling initiatives more appealing to local residents. However, it is still important to raise public awareness of recycling and reuse, encouraging people to make a positive impact on society.[read more]

Johannesburg To Get New Iconic Public Pavilion

February 3, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Johannesburg and Public Spaces

A pavilion designed by world-renowned architect David Adjaye, will be built within a public space at the north side of Park Station in Johannesburg’s inner city. With an opening date in May 2015 and remaining in place for 3 years, the project will highlight this historical junction in the city, while activating public space.[read more]

What Exactly Do Architects Do?

January 30, 2015 by Taz Loomans

The Architectural Profession

Most people don’t really know what architects do on a day to day basis. Perhaps you have a vague notion that architects make napkin sketches sitting in sleek, low-lit bars playing jazz piano and a few months later fabulous buildings like the Guggenheim in Bilbao manifest from that sketch. This is not entirely true.[read more]

Top 10 Walkability Features

January 3, 2015 by Christopher Berggren

Urban Walkability

Not just the top ten, but the ten qualifiers of walkability used by the Brookings Institution in their assessment of neighborhoods. Walkability is a topic of major importance today because of its weight in improving urban economics. The ability to walk in a community is a function of the quality of the urban fabric.[read more]

Write About Your Ideal City to Win a Trip to Masdar City

December 26, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by WRICities

Designing the Ideal City

What will your ideal city look like in 2030? That is the question of the third annual international blogging contest hosted by Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company behind Masdar City. One winner will receive a paid trip to Abu Dhabi – where Masdar City is located – in mid-January, 2015.[read more]

Urban Design Competitions Are Opportunities to Assert the Value of Landscape Architecture

November 16, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Design Competitions

Teresa Galí-Izard, International ASLA, chair of the landscape architecture department at the University of Virginia and partner at Arquitectura Agronomia, explained why it’s important for landscape architects to take advantage of urban design competitions.[read more]