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Urbanism & Design: Planning With Non-Architects, Death By Skywalk, Accessory Dwelling Units, The Myth Of Vertical Sprawl, SF Development Battles


Non-Architects Need to Get Involved in Planning 

Sustainable Cities Collective, via: @urbandata


In this beautiful TEDx talk Michiel van Iersel, founder of the Amsterdam based collective 'Failed Architecture' explains how and most importantly why more and more non-architects get involved in urban planning

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How to Ruin Your City with Skyways 



Build skywalks all over it, a la Detroit.

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Townhouses in the Shadow of 30 Rock 

Scouting NY


Last week, I was scouting office space in midtown, and I stopped by one of my favorite buildings on Sixth Avenue. At 850 feet tall, 30 Rockefeller Plaza is the 10th tallest building in New York

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Efficiency and Affordability: Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) 

DR. Urban Policy


I haven't been posting often lately, as things have been pretty hectic. I did receive a question the other day about topic that I haven't spoken about here: Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

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London's Changing Population 

Adam Dennett


A few weeks ago I was approached by BBC London to carry out a bit of analysis in relation to London's ever-changing and growing immigrant population.

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Tall Buildings and the Myth of Vertical Sprawl 



In the ongoing controversy over height limits of various types, one phrase commonly bandied about is "vertical sprawl."

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High Point to Rethink Downtown 

Rhino Times, via: Tom Low


The High Point City Project is moving at great speed to accomplish things it has only talked about for years.

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Eglinton Line Will Change Toronto 

Toronto Star


Though not a subway, when the $6.7-billion Crosstown light rail vehicle line opens in 2020, it will change the street from end to end and for better or worse, drag it into the modern age.

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Can Cities Save the Earth? 

NPR Krulwich Wonders, via: Danny Davis


Let's get dense. If we take all the atoms inside you, all roughly 70,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 of them, and squeeze away all the space inside, then,

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Big Project Battles Highlight San Francisco Development 

San Francisco Examiner, via: George Calys


In the Bay Area, as in most of the country, design and construction proceeded incrementally (if at all) over the last four years. But the pace here in San Francisco has picked up and, as is our wont, there lurk some battles ahead.

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