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Perforated, Bent and Folded: Urban Fabric for Human Consumption

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As cities moved toward the new world order of the automobile, the urban terrain of the 20th century began to shift paradigmatically. The traditional measure of place, once understood in terms of centers, now gave way to an auto-specific linear construct. Simply... read more »

Light Imprint Urbanism

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Light Imprint is a comprehensive strategy aiming to create urban forms that lie lightly on the land. It coordinates sustainable engineering practices and New Urbanism techniques, thereby offering different solutions for different transect zones. LI, as a New Ur... read more »

Urbanism and Parking Demand in New England Cities

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This paper explores the influence of specific urban design factors on parking demand in three traditional and three contemporary New England commercial centers. The authors found that the character and structure of the centers in terms of building density, stre... read more »

Phoenix Rising: Measuring Urban Densification Associated with Light Rail Transit

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This paper explores how metrics that use annual parcel-level data allow policy makers and researchers to quantify the extent to which LRT and supportive policies such as zoning create more compact cities. The authors assessed changes in housing density in antic... read more »

Mechanism Design Theory and Sustainable Urban Form: A Proposed Priority for Collaborative Research

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This paper focuses on the area of economic science known as mechanism Design Theory. It has been noted that this field holds promise for more sustainable forms of economic process, dealing with such urgent topics as climate change and resource depletion. Herein... read more »

Urbanism in Evolution: New Urbanism and Beyond

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This paper outlines an evolutionary interpretation of urbanism, and suggests how an evolutionary perspective can articulate some of the challenges faced by New Urbanism. The paper first suggests that although a city may be 'organic', this does not mean that a c... read more »

The Impact of Transportation and Urban Planning on Carbon Emissions: A Case Study of Cambridge, MA

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Over a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions produced in the U.S. are attributed to the transportation sector. Recent findings suggest that reducing vehicle miles traveled will be necessary to meaningfully reduce these emissions. Accomplishing this goal will requ... read more »