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Toronto’s Park People: Making Sense of Community Engagement in the Parks Business

October 13, 2015 by City Parks Blog

Involving citizens and communities in the process of managing city parks may represent a new way of doing business for public park agencies, but it is an increasing necessity to have a constituency that supports and advocates for what the agency does. How a parks department is organized to accept and use different kinds of resources – including funding and volunteer support – will require unprecedented collaboration between the networks of public, private, and philanthropic actors, with a strong community base. Cities across the U.S. are coming to understand this, and so are some of our neighbors to the north.[read more]

Measuring Public Space Engagement

October 9, 2015 by Brian Phelps

Capturing the total number of people occupying seating throughout the day gives a quick overview of the space’s daily use patterns. It serves as an initial level of understanding of the effectiveness of the space and answers the basic question if a space is even being used and if so to what extent. Managers of the space can immediately comprehend which areas may need further level of study and/or when and if they need to add additional programming or initiate potential design changes.[read more]

WE TEST: Big Data – Small Actions

October 6, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

The WE TEST approach involves the use of data and experimentation to achieve citizen involvement, build the case for pedestrian and public space schemes and fast track implementation.[read more]

Mumbai Streets Display Equality on Sundays

October 5, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

Every day, Mumbai residents are being squeezed out of spaces to walk or cycle by the sheer pressure of cars. Equal Streets is a citizens’ movement that seeks to highlight the fundamental imbalance in Mumbai’s transport planning priorities.[read more]

Why is Cebras por la Vida Important for Bogotá?

October 1, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

Designing and building a city thought the eyes of pedestrians’ needs brings dignity and quality to urban life. Cebras por la Vida is an effort to bring back the fun and the seriousness to the process of reclaiming our city[read more]

Each Street Redevelopment Is a Chance for the City

September 30, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

Often cities trust in engineers’ or architects’ knowledge to design the public realm. But is it possible to do a good job without walking and experiencing the street?[read more]

5 Steps to Activating Your Neighborhood This Weekend

September 25, 2015 by Joe Nickol

Instead of waiting for some outside entity to come in with the ‘big fix’ or nixing ideas out of fear, what if we try ideas in real time and begin to change our own story? What if we could get that started over the course of just one weekend?[read more]

The Evolution of Streets in Cincinnati’s Neighborhood Cores

September 22, 2015 by Joe Nickol

Cincinnati streets need to adapt again to changing transportation, demographic and employment demands. What does this mean for urban development and the street design that supports it?[read more]

Placemaking the American Backyard

September 18, 2015 by Joe Nickol

The American backyard has become a full-on development strategy in placemaking, real estate development, and establishing new market potential in counter-intuitive locations.[read more]

Uber’s New Wave of Urban Design. Are Cities Ready?

September 14, 2015 by Lisa Nisenson

As transportation network companies expand into shared ride services, they are laying the groundwork for a new kind of transit oriented development based on flexible transportation.[read more]


How Sustainable Cities Collective Members Are Building a Better Future

July 29, 2015 by David Thorpe

Towards the green city [This is Singapore]

This is my last post for the time being on Sustainable Cities Collective and I want to take the opportunity to explain how I have come to understand the great value that it has. What will life be like for urban citizens in the future? The answer may depend upon whether you or your descendants will be living in a city which has implemented many of the ideas already covered on this website.[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]