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Could A City Really Be Redesigned To Build Happiness? An Interview With Charles Montgomery

July 27, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

Planning for fun

Could a city really be redesigned to build happiness? One major aspect of liveability relates to how happy we can feel in the public spaces we inhabit. We talk to one of the leading authors in the field of urban happiness, Charles Montgomery, who will be a plenary speaker in the upcoming Walk21 conference in Vienna.[read more]

Will Metro’s TOD Projects Gentrify Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles?

July 23, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Tempers are Boyle-ing

The community of Boyle Heights has expressed their discontent and disappointment at the lack of inclusion in the planning process. They have vocalized that as proposed, this project is not taking into account their needs, culture, and current socio-economic situation.[read more]

How To Start A Social Street in 5 Steps

July 21, 2015 by Shareable .

Get to know the neighbors

Italy’s Social Streets was launched to increase opportunities for meaningful neighbour interaction through self-organizing groups, to help residents of a particular street get to know one another—establish enduring bonds, exchange hyper-local knowledge, and share needs, by preparing a collective meal or carrying out projects.[read more]

Extreme Placemaking: A Post-industrial Stonehenge Rises in Scotland

July 21, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

From coal mine to sky map

In a Scottish village, Sanquhar, a former coal mine has been transformed into a 55-acre work of land art. Conjuring images of Stonehenge, the art work, which opened July 10, was built from materials found on-site, including 2,000 boulders half-buried below ground.[read more]

Beyond Sim City: How Video Games Are Affecting City Planning

With increasingly advanced software and the rise of the “sand box” gaming genre (video games that enable players to freely design their environments) has come a flurry of city building simulators. They are having a major impact on real world urban design by inspiring dialogue and educating individuals on how to create sustainable cities.[read more]

Celebrating Mandela Day: Madiba’s legacy and reflections on citizenry

July 17, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

July 18. Celebrate!

Every day should be Madiba Day in Njabulo S Ndebele’s estimation. We should be helpful, compassionate and kind every day of the year, and use Nelson Mandela’s birthday, in addition to the current activities that have become a tradition, as a day for reflection, says the chairman of the Cape Town Partnership board in this inspiring interview.[read more]

How Art Reveals the World of Trees and Our Changing Relationships With Them

July 15, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Love trees

A review of Arboreal Architecture: A Visual History of Trees, an exhibition on view at the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University. The Arts Center is a beacon for global arts and culture in Silicon Valley. On this most recent visit, I was pleased to see that the Cantor was also making some effort to be a beacon for our relationship with nature.[read more]

Five Cities Celebrating National Birthdays across the Globe

Celebration!

Cities play a vital role by providing the space for people to publicly congregate. By designing public spaces for the community, we are investing in the culture and pride of our countries, and setting the stage for greater civic engagement. Let’s take a look at how five cities around the world celebrate their national birthdays.[read more]

Voices of the City: Medina Dugger, Photographer of Lagos

July 4, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Medina Dugger, from Lagos

This week we meet Medina Dugger. Medina Dugger is a photographer and independent curator based in Lagos, Nigeria. Dugger has co-curated four editions of the LagosPhoto Festival, the first and only international festival of photography in Nigeria. She is also an avid promoter of women’s art, design and photography.[read more]

Walking Helsinki with Urban Planning Activists: Kallio to Pasila [PHOTO ESSAY]

July 1, 2015 by Nora Lindström

The pretty Puu-Vallila area

A photo essay of a walkabout in the Kallio-Vallila-Pasila area, a suburb of Helsinki, the southern capital of Finland, with Selkäranka, an urban planning activist group, starting at the infamous Vaasankatu in Kallio, then through the gorgeous Puu-Vallila area (literally: Wood-Vallila) and then industrial Teollisuuskatu (Industry Street) to the railway station in Pasila.[read more]

12 Answers to the Question of How Science Can Better Inform Your Evidence-Based Practice

July 1, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Feeding each other's work

10 scientists and 10 practitioners walk into a bar: what would they talk about? How can research and knowledge generation be co-created to better support practitioners and evidence-based decision making? Every month we feature a Global Roundtable in which a dozen or so people respond to a specific question in The Nature of Cities.[read more]

How to Make Smart Growth More Lovable and Sustainable

June 30, 2015 by Kaid Benfield
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Walkable... and enjoyable

It does little good to create a place that is sustainable if it is not in fact sustained, if it is not cared about, if it is not nourished and defended over time. That's why we should make places loveable. But unfortunately, lovability is exactly what I find missing in much of what passes for smart growth today.[read more]