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Putting "Rapid" into Bus Transit: Evaluating Cities Around the World

It has been a long-acknowledged fact that cities need to improve their public transit systems, both to improve the mobility of their residents and to move away from the greenhouse gas-emitting automobile centric planning of the 20th century. With...

Posted February 22, 2013    

Thinking Beyond the Pale: Re-imagining Waste as Resource

In my article on collaborative consumption, I discussed a new framework of thinking that involved making use of surplus capacity in our cities: ensuring that latent opportunity for collaboration and sharing of resources made individuals better off...

Posted September 21, 2012    

Beg, Borrow and Share: Leveraging Surplus Capacity in Cities

In an effort to create cities for the future - cities that will work for a new era of inhabitants - we can no longer employ the same prescription. A box store here, a school there, a library over there, all connected by automobile-centric roads just...

Posted April 2, 2012    

Learning from the Past: Balancing Preservation and Urbanization

...Quit thinking abut decent land-use as solely an economic problem. Examine each question in terms of what is ethically and aesthetically right, as well as what is economically expedient. A thing is right when it tends to preserve the...

Posted October 22, 2011    

Retrofitting "Trashed" Land into Benefical Community Space

Oasis appearsDecay now gives way to growthNature rejoices -Louis J. Lombardo[1] On a hot day last month, my husband and I happened upon a hidden oasis in Daegu, Korea: the Daegu Arboretum. We strolled through the park, which featured 230,000...

Posted August 22, 2011    

New York by Gehry: deconstructing the tallest residential structure in the West

In February, the New York by Gehry building finally opened its doors to occupants. Years in the making, this 76 story, 870 foot tall skyscraper in Manhattan is now the tallest residential building in the Western hemisphere.With 903 apartments,...

Posted April 11, 2011    

Levi’s Jeans and Braddock, PA

Levi’s, the deeply red, white & blue jeans company, is reinventing what the modern-day American pioneer looks like. In their recent ad series, their “go forth to work” mantra now applies to making crumbling, dilapidated US cities such as...

Posted March 6, 2011    

Junkitecture: melding artistic expression, waste reduction and low-income housing

Slums, shantytowns and camps. These words relay extreme poverty, crowded squalor and unsanitary, often dangerous living conditions. But slums have something to teach us. The structures built in slums or shantytowns are constructed almost wholly out...

Posted February 27, 2011