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'Urbanism Without Effort' — Are urban designers trying too hard?

Attempts at "placemaking" have been at the center of attention for urbanists for some time now. But is it really possible to "make" places? How successfully can architects and urban planners design strong communities into existence?...

source: By Lucy Wallwork
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  NEW Student Career Guide: Your Land by Landscape Architecture Magazine: Preview the e-reader of "Your Land" a student career guide (middle school to high school) on the profession of landscape architecture, a new publication prepared by the American Society of...

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Downtown Houston released an ambitious master plan, the culmination of 18 months of work and input from hundreds of stakeholders. Creating walkable streets, a five-mile green loop around the city's core, new design guidelines and more, the 20-year plan puts an emphasis on...

source: The Architect's Newspaper

A little-known fact about Crystal City, Virginia, is that it's just a 15-minute walk from National Airport. However, it's not very well-known because the options to make that walk are unsafe and inconvenient. Now, the Crystal City Business...

source: Urban Turf

Our recent Urban Design Professional Practice Network discovery survey sheds light on elements necessary for successful urban design and definitions that best represent our members' views of urban design as a profession. Our total PPN membership is almost 1,800, and we had...

source: The Field

A recent study found 85 percent of parents allow their children under the age of 6 to use technology at home, despite concerns that too much time with phones, tablets, and computers cuts into their time playing outside. Another study...

source: The Dirt

Urban areas contain substantial expanses of hardscape in the form of buildings, paved roads, parking lots and concrete sidewalks. The impervious nature of these surfaces leads to runoff during periods of heavy precipitation. Up to 55 percent of precipitation in urban areas...

source: Lawn & Landscape

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