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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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If someone supports more housing in a city, are they a YIMBY? A New Urbanist? A Market Urbanist? Which is Greater Greater Washington? Articles in the popular press throw around these names, sometimes rightly and sometimes...

source: Greater Washington

From smart thermostats that can be managed using our cell phones to energy-efficient lightbulbs and rooftop solar panels, today’s buildings use a wide range of technology to reduce their environmental impact. In London, a system...

source: CNBC

The term "biophilia," an affinity for the living world, was coined back in the 1980s by American biologist and author E.O. Wilson. We have an instinctive drive to connect with nature, he said, and the more we connect, the happier we are. That's why a walk in the woods or...

source: Daily Hampshire Gazette

The process of rapid urbanization has begun, and it is predicted that over two-thirds of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050. Within these urban areas, 70 percent of citizens desire walkability, a short commute and highway access and 88 percent...

source: Forbes

A long succession of urban theorists, including Jane Jacobs, have intuited, implied, or proclaimed the "organic" nature of cities. This organic concept of cities describe cities as self-organizing, complex systems that might appear messy, but that disorderliness belies a...

source: Planetizen

Revitalizing post-war plazas requires a deep understanding of the historical significance and degree of integrity of the existing conditions, which to Charles Birnbaum, FASLA, president of The Cultural Landscape Foundation, can then "guide the level of intervention and level...

source: The Dirt


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