Wednesday, March 30, 2016
What makes New York is how we recycle buildings.
— Mitchell Moss, professor of urban policy and planning at New York University
The New York Public Library recently released free, high-resolution scans of the “Changing New York” portfolio, prompting one Wall Street Journal photographer to reshoot more than a dozen of Abbott’s images of Manhattan and Brooklyn. They reveal how much, and in some cases, how little, New York City has changed. Read more: Classic New York Streetscapes, Then and Now - WSJ
Official Trailer: Another Way of Living: The Story of Reston, VA from Rebekah Wingert-Jabi on Vimeo.
It’s rare for a 1960s suburban development to exert a cultural pull distinct from its neighboring city, but Reston pulled it off.
Situated about 20 miles from Washington, D.C., in what used to be northern Virginia farmland, this settlement has attracted generations of urbanists for its people-first brand of development. When Robert E. Simon Jr. bought the land and planned his flagship project, he insisted on walkability, density, access to nature and green space, and diversity of races and income levels. He didn’t invent these principles—his inspirations were hundreds of years old—but he and his successors managed to realize them at a scale and level of success that hadn’t been seen before. Read more: Why Reston, Virginia, Still Inspires Planners 50 Years Later - CityLab
Sunday, March 27, 2016
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Saturday, March 19, 2016
From ArchDaily —
Inclusivity as Architectural Program:
A Reflection on Vancouver's Woodward’s Redevelopment Five Years On
A game-changing building that I show every visiting chief planner. #Woodwards in @ArchDaily: https://t.co/GbRuAa44dN pic.twitter.com/J5hLeKZG0A— Brent Toderian (@BrentToderian) March 17, 2016
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Thursday, March 10, 2016
When a developer builds a family apartment in Vancouver BC’s downtown peninsula, the dining room comes with easy-to-clean floors that can handle spilled yogurt or spaghetti. Condo and rowhouse projects must have accessible stroller storage and outdoor play spaces, ideally where parents can look out a kitchen window and keep an eye on their kids."Why Vancouver BC has 5 times more kids than Seattle, 9 times more than Portland?" DECISION https://t.co/ndhxSeYHEt pic.twitter.com/PazNAX4cKh— Gil Penalosa (@Penalosa_G) January 7, 2016
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Midtown Atlanta is an example of the growing trend of companies relocating major research facilities to be near urban universities that provide mixed-use amenities, lively places, and a high density of firms. For example, Pfizer recently moved one of its largest research centers to Kendall Square in Cambridge, blocks from MIT, and Google now has its machine learning research hub in Baker Square in Pittsburgh, near Carnegie Mellon University.
What’s driving companies to relocate near urban universities is the changing role of innovation within the private sector as firms are increasingly relying on external sources to support technology development. Read more: Why Today’s Corporate Research Centers Need to Be in Cities
Companies are relocating research facilities to be near urban universities & mixed-use amenitieshttps://t.co/Uio4r5LAfr@PPS_Placemaking— Bruce Katz (@bruce_katz) March 8, 2016
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
7th Street SE in Washington, DC | James Calder via Flickr
Human scale advocates share a common concern about the impacts of unrestricted development on our neighbourhoods. Project for Public Spaces is active in this international discussion, but rather than directly protesting developers or luxury housing or zoning changes, we frame the conversation differently – everyone has the right to live in a human scale city, and one way to achieve this is through placemaking.
DEFINING THE HUMAN SCALE In its simplest definition, creating a human scale environment means making sure that the objects that we interact with every day are of a size and shape that is reasonable for an average person to use. That’s why our stairs have a 7 inch rise and an 11 inch run, for example, and why our doorways are 80 inches. Read more: Placemaking and the Human Scale City - Project for Public Spaces