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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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Wildflowers adorn public lands across the country in a rainbow of color. Blooming at different times, hundreds of unique plants amaze nature lovers from early spring to late fall. Sometimes opening in massive displays, wildflowers can fill meadows, surround lakes and stretch...

source: U.S. Department of the Interior

REMINDER! Downtown NJ is seeking nominations for its 2017 Excellence Awards! Deadline for submission is Aug. 31. Each year Downtown New Jersey recognizes New Jersey's best downtown projects and programs completed within the last...


Decision-makers want to understand how to effectively use nature-based practices to protect people, property, and infrastructure from storms and sea level rise. For this purpose, OCM assembled a collection of sources on the effectiveness...

source: NCCOS and the NOAA

In many cities, urban nature is managed in a multicultural landscape. The ethnic and cultural diversity seen in many western cities today, mostly driven by recent immigration, is unprecedented. For example, Toronto boasts...

source: The Nature of Cities

The efforts that go into designing a parking garage will likely never be acknowledged in the same way as the work that's done to bring a sparkling skyscraper out of the ground. However, the structures that are a fixture in most American cities serve a vital, practical need....

source: SmartCities DIVE

Findings from the Assembly Civic Engagement Survey, through the Center for Active Design, indicate that people living near well-maintained parks are more 14 percent more likely to show satisfaction with local police and 13 percent...

source: SmartCities DIVE


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