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Monday Morning in Savannah
Speed of automobiles is a critical factor in determining whether a street feels safe and comfortable for people outside of motor vehicles. This graphic illustrates why, in symbols that bring home the point very clearly. People on the street, in the...
As we head into CNU 25.Seattle next week, it's important to remember that the sprawling built environment that makes up most of our metropolitan areas is not the result of poor design or the free market alone. This slide by Joe Minicozzi of Urban3,...
Architect Laurence Qamar recently created a series of step-back proposals for the Woodstock Corridor In Portland, Oregon, illustrated above. "Instead of the boxy, ungainly 'space invaders' that have bedeviled other parts of the city, Qamar’s step-...
This series of drawings was inspired by the idea that physical communities have enabled nearly every human advancement since the dawn of history. Communities are hubs where people protect themselves, trade, specialize, and share collective memory...
See how pre-Revolutionary War structures compare to Walmart.
Power Strip, Dhiru Thadani
“We know what the appliance is…. now we need to find plugs to connect it to the existing power grids.” Christopher Alexander
This drawing offers a lot of information for the maintenance of healthy street trees, which are critical to urbanism. A rule of thumb is that tree roots will not penetrate soils compacted to greater than 85 percent. Most concrete sidewalk specs call...
This is the front porch view for the Jacob's Pocket Court neighborhood, a new extension of the Village of Cheshire in Black Mountain North Carolina.  The 10-foot deep porch on this cottage faces a small oval–shaped green. The watercolor rendering...
As an inexperienced cyclist, I was not aware of the danger that tram tracks pose to bicyclists.  While on a tour of the regeneration efforts along an historic industrial canal, my front wheel suddenly lodged in the cavity of a tram track.  The jolt...
As I read about plans to reduce the US Environmental Protection Agency’s budget by two-thirds, I am reminded of my travel to Beijing in 2014.
Since the 1940s, the six-mile Route 710—proposed through parts of Pasadena, South Pasadena, Alhambra, and Los Angeles—has been stopped by the public many times. Each time, California's Department of Transportation (Caltrans) waits several years and...