Toward a more inclusive urbanism, news of suburban population shifts, how the Kochs target transit, and why AVs might break cities
Many cities are growing faster than they have since the 1940s as Americans rediscover the joys of human-scale neighborhoods, but their expansion is constrained by sprawl.
A transit-accessible infill development includes a variety of housing types geared to improving the economics of urban living.
When drivers slow down to 20 mph or below, they are less likely to hit people and much less likely to seriously injure or kill people if they do hit them—that's one insight that Dutch designers and engineers learned when they began to implement...
Tregunnel Hill in Cornwall, England, proves that the principles used in Prince Charles's Poundbury are replicable.
A revolutionary method of direct human responses to imagined forms, performed on the actual site, reveals a vast amount of useful design information not otherwise available.

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Classicist group changes its name

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America — a name that some people always considered a little clunky — is giving way to "...

How Seattle got a partly ‘European-style’ street

The City wanted to let pedestrians and vehicles mix in a somewhat gritty setting. ADA requirements and corporate attitudes complicated the effort.

Inroads on the right

Increasingly embraced by mainstream business groups such as the Urban Land Institute, CNU now has an endorsement from one of the staunchest...

Critics deride New Jersey's offer to revive an unfinished mall

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's offer of financial help to complete and expand the reviled Xanadu Meadowlands shopping mall strikes many...

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New urban design for an African village

The principles of neighborhood structure and buildings that relate positively to public space resonate with traditional Zulu culture and village geography.

ROBERT STEUTEVILLE JUL. 5, 2017