Thursday, October 30, 2014

Jeff Speck's Albuquerque New Mexico Downtown Walkability Analysis

Albuquerque, New Mexico Downtown Walkability Analysis. This project focuses on walkability and connectivity in downtown, with special attention to the area surrounding the Convention Center and Innovate ABQ site as well as the railroad track at Central Avenue. Jeff Speck's final report submitted Sept 2014 here. More from the City of Albuquerque's website here.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

From CityLab — 5 Key Themes Emerging From the 'New Science of Cities'

In the past few years, a remarkable body of scientific research has begun to shed new light on the dynamic behavior of cities, carrying important implications for city-makers. Researchers at cutting-edge hubs of urban theory like the University College London and the Santa Fe Institute have been homing in on some key properties of urban systems—and contradicting much of today's orthodoxy. Their findings have begun to feed into recent and upcoming gatherings on the future of cities—including lead-in events for the U.N.'s big 2016 Habitat III conference on sustainable development—and arming leaders in the field with new ammunition in the global battle against sprawl.
In one sense, these lessons are not so new. Legendary urbanist Jane Jacobs was famous for her prescient insights about the emerging sciences of “organized complexity” and what they offered for a more effective approach to urban planning—insights she published all the way back in 1961. (In fact, physicist Geoffrey West of the Santa Fe Institute likes to say they are just doing “Jacobs with the math.”) Read more: 5 Key Themes Emerging From the 'New Science of Cities' - CityLab

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Video: Big Cities, Small Mayors @Richard_Florida @maytree_canada

Monday, October 27, 2014

The (amazing) density of Barcelona Eixample @cnunextgen

From —
Bright Lights, Big City Inspiration:
Urban Sketching Tutorial

Illustration: Bird’s eye view via Craftsy member artistkierstan.
Urban sketching might seem intimidating at first, but there’s a whole world of subject matter out there just waiting to inspire you. In this post, we’ll explore a number of different ways to approach sketching in the city, from subject matter to style. More at: Bright Lights, Big City Inspiration: Urban Sketching Tutorial

Friday, October 24, 2014

A glimpse into Lerner's #UrbanAcupuncture

James McNabb Solo Exhibition — Metros @McNabbDesign @Vimeo

James McNabb Solo Exhibition - METROS from The Greatest Trick on Vimeo.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

New Danish ambassador presents his credentials. On a Christiania Bike... @copenhagenize

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Will Innovation Save Us?
Follow the conversation: #SFUPS

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

This Thursday: Built City @MOV —
Cornelia Hahn Oberlander and Friends

Friday, October 17, 2014

From Chicago magazine
The Future of Transportation in Chicago

Airplanes on the lake, a bike superskyway, trains galore—and more bold ideas to reimagine how you get around the city. More at: The Future of Transportation in Chicago | Chicago magazine | August 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

From @TechCocktail
6 Ways to Become Your Own City Planner

The trend is that governments are not only opening up data, but also their urban planning and budgeting processes. Public participation is taking on a whole new look. Local civic advocates are stepping up as collaborators who are well-versed in details once reserved for professionals. Wait – what? That’s right. Civic leaders around the country are tackling the normally staid topics of urban planning and traffic engineering on their own terms. Read more: 6 Ways to Become Your Own City Planner

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

RT @humansofny
"We're all victims of the architect."

Sunday, October 12, 2014

New York 1915 (colourized). @jen_keesmaat

Friday, October 10, 2014

4500 pedestrians are killed by motor vehicles every year on US streets @PPS_Placemaking

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

This is fabulous for many reasons. "Little girl parking bike." @jen_keesmaat

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

CACs “unproductive and divisive” —
YVR Planning Dir Jackson