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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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Kaid Benfield writes: "If someone asks what a green community, or a healthy one, means to you, what comes to mind? I'm willing to bet that for most people it is the visible and tangible aspects: a lovely city park, perhaps, or mature street trees, or bicycle lanes on a city...

source: Place Makers

Confederate monuments and other long-tolerated symbols of racism are beginning to be expelled from America's civic landscapes. As we engage in these acts of reconciliation and removal, it is worth a significant pause to consider why we seem to habitually design memorial...

source: The Dirt

Today, pocket parklets popped up across the country for Rebar Group's 2017 PARK(ing) Day — now a beloved tradition among public space enthusiasts and designers. According to the PARK(ing) Day Manual, the celebration treats metered parking spots as a "short-term...

source: The Architect's Newspaper

The suburbanization of America marches on. That movement includes millennials, who, as it turns out, are not a monolithic generation of suburb-hating city dwellers. Most of that generation represents a powerful global trend. They may like the city, but they love the suburbs...

source: The New York Times

In much of her work, Svea Josephy, an associate professor at the University of Cape Town's Michaelis School of Fine Art, examines how urbanization can be explored through art. One of her most well-known exhibitions, "Satellite Cities," explores the parallel between towns...

source: CityLab

One of the most interesting design competitions happening in Philly right now just got a little more intriguing. The Philadelphia International Airport and the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society have announced the five finalists...

source: Curbed Philadelphia

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