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Can supertall buildings help us build more sustainable cities?

Apr 11, 2022
The new book by urban designer Stefan Al explores what the history of skyscrapers can show us about the future.
The Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world, rises in downtown Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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What would a city "designed with care" look like?

Nov 29, 2021
Writer Alexandra Lange says urban architecture and a “Department of Care” could make residents’ needs and culture a priority.
More benches, public restrooms and services for unhoused people could be part of a care-driven approach to designing cities.
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Pandemic flips equation on where people want to live

Jul 21, 2021
According to a new analysis from real estate site Zillow, homebuyers are increasingly seeking out places at the periphery of cities.
Homebuyers are increasingly searching for homes outside of dense urban centers, according to a new analysis from real estate site Zillow.
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The traffic control bible is getting an update. Here's why you should care.

May 25, 2021
Pedestrian and bicycle-safety advocates want to rewrite the federal manual to reduce its bias toward cars.
Some argue the Manual on Traffic Control Devices is too prescriptive when it comes to designing things like crosswalks and bike lanes, and too permissive when it comes to cars.
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The pandemic poses challenges and new opportunities for city planning

Nov 27, 2020
New ways of urban living could emerge as the pandemic changes how people gather and move about cities.
On 75th Street in Chicago's Park Manor neighborhood, sidewalk pods were set up to encourage street life amid COVID-19.
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Downtown Atlanta's growth elusive in its inner core

Oct 15, 2019
While residents continue to flock to the city, downtown Atlanta is still short on basic residential amenities.
A view of downtown Atlanta, Georgia.
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In Texas, immigrant businesses breathe new life into old units

May 6, 2019
There are a lot of empty retail spaces across the United States looking for fresh ideas to lure in shoppers. Urban designers say it’s all about offering something you can’t get online. In some cases, immigrant business owners in Texas are helping transform brick-and-mortar spaces — long abandoned by regional retailers — into marketplaces that […]
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4 ways to design safer cities, and why we don't

Aug 25, 2017
Architectural changes may not be the best way to counter vehicle terrorism.
Sunset Triangle Plaza in Los Angeles, CA is pedestrianized and uses planters as barriers between people and busy Sunset Boulevard. 
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The history of the Las Vegas Strip is the history of how we vacation

May 15, 2017
The evolution of the Strip's architecture reflects how U.S. leisure trends have changed in the last several decades.
Neon signs advertising casinos and clubs on Fremont Street in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Why new streetcars could be coming to your city

Feb 15, 2016
They're cheaper than subways. But busses might make more sense.