Mathew Wood-Hill on the challenges facing future cities.
Beautiful! If only we all engaged with the city from above…
The Garden City is a very British approach to cities, and despite crossing the boundaries into other countries, it’s a concept that has remained largely dormant for decades.
But is it time to reawaken the garden city? And could it solve the housing crisis in the UK (and beyond)?
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The L’Enfant Plan for the new District of Columbia, 1792.
The Human Scale by Andreas M. Dalsgaard
Excellent film. Worth watching the whole thing!
The American Planning Association wants to know: what do you think the planning office of the future will look like?
Jump in on the conversation, hosted in partnership with online engagement platform Mindmixer, here.
New Urbanist Andrés Duany created the rural-to-urban transect as a model of urban planning. The transect defines a series of zones that evolve from sparse rural farmhouses to the dense urban core. Each zone contains a similar transition from the edge to the center of a neighborhood. The transect is an important part of the New Urbanism and Smart Growth movements.
Transect planning can be seen as a contrast to the single land-use pattern favored by modern city zoning and suburban development. In these patterns, large areas are dedicated to a single purpose, such as housing, offices, shopping, and they can only be accessed via major roads. The transect, by contrast, involves mixed-use development and therefore decreases the necessity for long-distance travel by any means.
Very useful. If only it looked so awesome in real life!
New York City’s seminal 1960s urban design battle will be turned into an opera, with a libretto by Pulitzer Prize-winner poet Tracy K. Smith. Here’s…
This will be an opera for the ages..
Australia’s cities are some of the most famous in the world. But without an urban strategy on a national government level, what kind of future will the region’s cities have?
Jepranshu Aganivanshi on why seemingly logical transport planning decisions don’t always have the desired effect.
Proposed roundabout will be the city’s first
In Los Angeles a traffic intersection known as Cinco Puntos has long been considered busy and confusing. To improve traffic flow and safety, the city plans to replace the four-street intersection with LA’s first roundabout.
Interesting stuff. The roundabout is an extremely common concept in many places in the world, and if increased traffic flow is the goal, then it cannot be beat. But it can be much harder for cyclists, and a lot harder for pedestrians to cross as well, when not designed optimally. Here’s hoping LA residents can adjust!
The Knight Foundation has funded a “Project for Lean Urbanism,” proposed by Andrés Duany. Set between the approaches of Tactical Urbanism and New Urbanism, Lean Urbanism focuses on revitalizing cities by encouraging people to participate in community-building. In a recent article, Duany explains the concept to be applied to Detroit:“Detroit is now a place where risk-oblivious millennials can get things done. This is too difficult in most places because of regulations, bureaucracy that makes it impossible to bake a cookie for sale without a certified kitchen, an accessible bathroom and constant inspections.”
Will this approach succeed in revitalizing the bankrupt city? What are the pros and cons? Stay tuned…