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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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Global cities are in the midst of an unprecedented shift as more people are choosing to live in urban areas than ever before. More housing, transportation, and public services are needed to support cities' growing populations, which can have negative impacts on air and water...

source: Land8

Add this to growing body of research that dogs are more important to some people than children: according to an analysis of data from the Trust for Public Land, the 100 largest cities in the U.S., on average, added more than twice as many dog parks than playgrounds per capita...

source: U.S. News & World Report

Unlike a city's main square that, from time to time, brings together representatives from all over the city for major festivals, concerts, and special events, a neighborhood square has certain unique social functions: it is frequented every day of the year by those who live...

source: The Western Planner

When the Ford Foundation's 12 stories of mahogany-colored granite, Cor-Ten steel, and transparent glass opened on 42nd Street in 1967, urban observers saw it as a gift. Designed by Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo Associates with Dan Kiley as landscape architect, the building...

source: Curbed New York

The Colombian civil war that began in the 1960s killed some 220,000 people and displaced another 5 million, creating one of the largest groups of internally displaced people in history. In a session at the ASLA 2018 Annual Meeting & EXPO in Philadelphia, Maria Bellalta,...

source: The Dirt

Courtney Goode was working on a project in Houston when Hurricane Harvey hit. Buffalo Bayou, one of the slow-moving rivers that Houston relies upon to hold stormwater, flooded, and the waters would end up spilling out over the city's aging infrastructure and impermeable...

source: Landscape Architecture Magazine

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