Design

Smart growth must become more demanding, more community-oriented, and greener (literally)

Is it any wonder that neighbors continue to oppose density (oops, I meant "compact development") when what we have been giving them is lousy? We smart growth advocates have gotten lazy. ... read more »

Nathan Norris from Placemakers debuts Version 2.2 of Smart Growth Schools Report Card

The Smart Growth Schools website http://www.smartgrowthschools.org/about.html is designed to make it easier for people to understand how they can improve their communities and schools by considering i ... read more »

Urban sprawl repair kit still leading "Reburbia" contest but being followed closely by reimagined "towers in the park"

We tweeted about Dwell Magazine's Reburbia contest earlier this week. ... read more »

The Interface Effect: Good Urbanism Spreads

For those who remember my previous post on Property Value Theory, today I wanted to share a photographic comparison I made between two urban infill projects of similar age here in Houston. ... read more »

Good urbanism and the "starchitects"

There's been a lot of buzz lately about a not-so-friendly exchange between the Project for Public Space's Fred Kent and erudite "star architect ... read more »

Frank Gruber rationally discusses the many urbanisms

Journalist Frank Gruber has a great series of articles up on the Huffington Post entitled "In Search of a Fou ... read more »

10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania gives top Commonwealth Award to Looney Ricks Kiss's Florin Hill

10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, an organization promoting smart growth policies and development in the state, has announced the winner of its 2009 Charter Awards. ... read more »

Let's lead the paradigm shift in landscape design and bring back ecosystem services

I rode my bike the few blocks down SW 10th Street in Portland to the Pearl District to take in the excitement of First Thursday gallery openings on a warm summer evening. ... read more »

#CNU17 What I Learned at the Meta-Physical Planning Meeting

Architecture is not psychotherapy! That was one of the first points made during the CNU17 session on "Meta-Physical Planning: the World We Want." But the people who took part quickly got into issues of intimacy and spirituality, of masculinity and femininity. But then the conversation moved to the q... read more »

#CNU17 Repairing Sprawl in Just a Few (Easy?) Steps

Even if they stopped building sprawl tomorrow, it will still be with us for decades. "We have to live with it." ... read more »