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Low Impact Housing for Cities

October 21, 2016 by Sebastien Miller

Low Impact Development (LID) is commonly defined as: ‘Development which, by virtue of its low or benign environmental impact, may be allowed in locations where conventional development is not permitted’ (1).  More understandably, this means that LID housing is temporary in nature, made of natural / locally sourced materials, and is...[read more]

Chamber Musicians are Placemakers, too!

October 20, 2016 by Project for Public Spaces

New Orleans street scene, 2012 | Image via Louisiana Division of the ArtsWhat do you get when you cross chamber music and placemaking? This is not a joke! The Sound Places program, the first of its kind, combines music, placemaking, and civic engagement by integrating musicians-in-residence into community life in Louisiana. Chamber Music...[read more]

Chicago Residents Utilizing Gentrification Index to Identify At-Risk Neighborhoods

October 19, 2016 by The Global Grid

Transit-Oriented Development being built in the Logan Square neighborhood.Long-time residents of Chicago’s Pilsen, Logan Square, and Bridgeport communities have complained anecdotally that their neighborhoods are gentrifying. John J. Betancur and Youngjun Kim, researchers with the Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community...[read more]

USGBC Readies Major Push on SITES

October 18, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

University of Texas at El Paso by Ten Eyck Landscape Architects / Terry MooreThe U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has been on a rating system shopping spree for the past two years. In addition to purchasing the Sustainable SITES Initiative™ (SITES®)* last year, it has since incorporated ParkSmart, a new rating system for parking...[read more]

Bjarke Ingels Wants Cities to Embrace Resilience

October 13, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

“The Big U is the love child of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs,” said Bjarke Ingels, founder of the multidisciplinary design firm BIG, to huge laughs at GreenBuild‘s finale in Los Angeles.[read more]

Making Streets More Friendly in St. Paul, MN

October 5, 2016 by Project for Public Spaces

Victorian Bridge Haitian dance performance by Afoutayi Music & Dance Company Photo by Jon PavlicaLaughter, lively music, and delicious food from around the world fill St. Anthony Avenue in St. Paul, Minnesota as a crowd whoops it up at the Better Bridges Bash.Even chilly temperatures and gusty winds can’t dampen folks’ enthusiasm—nor...[read more]

On Urban Diaries: a 'Seeing the Better City' Prequel

October 5, 2016 by Chuck Wolfe

Andy Boenau (@boenau) is a Richmond, Virginia planner who manages a go-to podcast about human-scale urban solutions.  His "on-air" questions are always designed to invoke practical hints and examples for listeners, and I track his topics and guests on a regular basis.  This week, I was both flattered and pleased to be featured...[read more]

Collaboration Is King; Placemaking

October 3, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

A rendering of the proposed Hudson Yards gardens by Nelson Byrd Woltz, with Thomas Heatherwick’s sculptural tower / Hudson YardsIf one were to pen a history of landscape architecture, who would emerge as the central hero? Or would it be a person at all? Thomas Woltz, FASLA, principal at Nelson Byrd Woltz, proposed collaboration as...[read more]


Time To Take The ‘Urban’ Out of Urban Design?

October 3, 2016 by Sebastien Miller

For a while now I’ve had an issue with both the term and the definition of ‘urban design’.  What exactly is it?  Compare it to architecture or planning, which are professions that are easy to define and identify, even to a child’s mind.  At its most simple level, architects design buildings, while planners design cities....[read more]

Learning From a One-Stop, Urban Epic–and Why

September 28, 2016 by Chuck Wolfe

Spoiler alert: I love epic stories with universal meaning for varied audiences around the world. In sum, that is why I think Jonathan F.P. Rose‘s new book will become a must-read classic. And, if 400-pagers are not your style, it’s at worst a well-written, must-browse wonder, with relevant lessons for us all.Rose is a real estate...[read more]

A Memorial to a Sad Future

September 23, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Climate Chronograph / Erik Jensen and Rebecca SunterThe winner of the Memorials for the Future competition, which was sponsored by the National Park Service, Van Alen Institute, and others, offers a depressing vision: a monument to our collective failure to stave off climate change. Climate Chronograph by Erik Jensen, Assoc. ASLA, and...[read more]

A sense of the temporary

September 20, 2016 by Robert Kwolek

There is a troubling, permanent sense of the temporary in London, something you can feel in neighborhoods across the social strata, from Hackney to Kensington. This is unhealthy both for the city and its individuals because it prevents residents from putting down roots, and feeling at "home" in their city. Regular readers know...[read more]