Design

The High Line Brought Down to Earth: Chicago's Bloomingdale Trail

It's been exactly one month since Rahm Emanuel assumed the mayoralty in Chicago, and already pedestrians are beginning to feel the Mayor's presence on city streets everywhere.  Emanuel has given free reign to new CDOT commissioner Gabe Klein to introduce a series of measures in envisi... read more »

Retrofitting in Real Time: Randhurst Mall Looks Towards a New Tomorrow

Randhurst Mall, the mid-century, tomorrow's-future-today design of modernist architect Victor Gruen, is undergoing a sea-change in its life. The  Mt.... read more »

Witold Rybczynski on "Bringing the High Line Back to Earth"

The High Line design may look good, but as Witold Rybczynski writes in the NYT article linked below, this form of landscape urbanism is highly suspect as a long-term and viable solution for most cities, now looking to emulate. Will Duany and Waldheim discuss similar topics at the CNU 19 Closing Plen... read more »

NACTO Paves The Way for Better Cycling

When it comes to accommodating bicycling, it’s no secret that the United States has fallen behind. According to the forthcoming, “Bicycling Renaissance in North America? An Update and Re-Appraisal of Cycling Trends and Policies,” (Pucher, Buehler, and Seinen), even our Canadian counterparts cy... read more »

Saving Lives Through Good Street Design

Last week's post from Ben Schulman, "Roads Aren't the Problem. ... read more »

INTBAU-TAG Queen Square Statement

The following comes direct from the INTBAU website : ... read more »

'The Suburbs' Wins Album of the Year

Earlier this year I wrote a blog about Arcade Fire's new album 'The Suburbs.' Now the album has unexpectedly won Album of the Year at the 53rd Grammy Awards. The album delves into the social problems created by our built environment. ... read more »

Crenshaw Fresh & Easy Store a Blow to Urbanism

Urbanism in Los Angeles was dealt a blow with the December 8th City Council vote to approve a Fresh & Easy grocery store on Crenshaw Boulevard. ... read more »

The Next Seaside Prize Winner: Dhiru Thadani

Each year, the Seaside Institute awards the Seaside Prize to individuals or organizations "who have made significant contributions to the quality and character of our communities." ... read more »