Design

Boston Public Library before and after
The redo of the Boston Public Library 1970s wing shows how a building can be reform and adapted to today's needs.
The transformation of a New Orleans retail box into a music hall with magnetic street presence is a remarkable urban achievement.
Stunning historic rehabilitation provides affordable housing in New Orleans.
Restoring an original square in Savannah revives a neighborhood.
Many winners this year show how history and old buildings lead to richer neighborhoods and communities.
The ground-up movement which helped defeat urban decay in the 1980s is just as relevant now our cities face the opposite problem.
A set of principles that are clear and generative provide a solid foundation for the New Urbanism. Those principles have withstood the test of time and empirical research, and they can be implemented in countless ways.
The New Urbanism brought the environmental transect methodology into planning and development of human-scale, complete communities. Now the human habitat can be analyzed as a continuum with the natural world.
Transit-oriented development links transportation and land use—providing people with maximum choice in how to get around by intensifying activities near transit nodes with high quality public space.
Sansome and Broadway
"The prime ingredient of urbanism is really public space and the public realm. So the urban plan comes first and the building second."
City parks have been endangered by suburban flight, privatization and design overkill. Here’s a short list of basics for planning true public spaces.
For storefronts that keep pedestrians entertained, here are the rules of thumb.