Design

An Interview with Thomas Dolan, author of Live-Work Planning And Design: Zero-Commute Housing

An interview from Live-Work Planning and Design: Zero-Commute Housing by Thomas Dolan, which will be available in bookstores and online starting this week.From the back cover of the book: ... read more »

Paris Density by Robert Gordon

The city of Paris is often cited by architects and planners as their favorite place to visit. Parisians and visitors alike never tire of walking her narrow, winding streets, with continuous ground level boutiques and cafes. They enjoy the quiet gardens and public places. ... read more »

The Portfolio of Minoru Yamasaki

Minoru Yamasaki was the architect of Pruitt-Igoe in St. Louis. The failed housing project (1955-1972) gave the word "project" its bad connotation and eventually helped sell the design reforms we usually refer to as HOPE VI. I should have known this, but today I was surprised when someone mentioned a... read more »

Landscape Urbanism and NYU's Superblocks

NYU's Greenwich Village Superblock Plans. Photo via Curbed NY. Grimshaw Architects Unveils Designs For NYU Superblocks - ArchRecord ... read more »

Stop Putting Pedestrians to Blame: The Case of Raquel Nelson

Update 07/26/2011: In a hearing room at Cobb County State Court today, Raquel Nelson was sentenced by a jury to 40 hours of community service and 12 months' probation in the vehicular manslaughter case against her. As outlined in the post below, Nelson is the mother of 4-year-old A.J. ... read more »

Cool Planning: LEED-ND in Plain English

In giving some advice on LEED-ND on Pro-Urb, John Anderson once wrote "LEED-ND is a reasonable (but in my view excruciating) way to go."  He suggested other paths to get to a similar place with "less brain damage." ... read more »

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 »