Category Archives: Urban Design

Sustainability on Display

Is this the world’s greenest neighborhood? Kaid Benfield, Director of Sustainable Communities for the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC), posed that question in an article for The Atlantic magazine in which he detailed his visit to Dockside Green.  The 15-acre community nestled in Victoria, British Columbia … Continue reading

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A Tower Made of Timber

At first glance, it might appear to be an unsustainable practice, but the proposition of building an entirely wooden skyscraper may be an opportunity for innovation, according to architect and University of Toronto Professor Larry Richards.  The idea that wooden structures could reach … Continue reading

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An Urban Planning Tug-of-War

For the past 30 years a movement called New Urbanism has dominated the urban planning and development world.  Yet, this darling of many planning aficionados has been challenged in the past few years by the up-and-coming (relatively speaking, it’s been around … Continue reading

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And the Winner Is…

Photo: MVVA/HNTB Team Who knew roadkill in America is an $8 billion dollar problem?!  Thus, born out of necessity (aptly referred to as an emerging critical priority) according to organizers, comes the ARC: International Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure Design Competition.  The … Continue reading

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Mega-Burden

The world’s population is exploding. By 2040, two in three people will live in cities, and the world’s urban population will grow from 3.5 billion to 5.6 billion. The number of “megacities” – urban areas with more than 10 million … Continue reading

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Pedestrian Safety: An Epidemic?

Pedestrian deaths have decreased 16% since 1998 according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) fact sheet.  Yet, that hasn’t stopped a coalition of housing, business, environmental, public health, transportation, equitable development, and other organizations, who refer to their … Continue reading

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Nimble Cities

Slate wants your ideas! They want to know how you would move people efficiently, safely, and in a pleasurable way.  Then they want you to vote on the best submission.  Its called Nimble Cities, the second part of their Hive … Continue reading

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