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8 steps to effective urban design

Balance systems and empathy The best urban design puts people first (experiences, clarity, purpose, adventure) and uses systems to support them unobtrusively. “Experiences are the new capital of urban design (and that’s where the real business value lies), but there’s often confusion about how to create places worth living. The smart city agenda is one […]

An urban design guru is helping transfor...

Danish architect Jan Gehl has vivid memories of his first visit to downtown Melbourne in 1976, and that’s not flattering. “The city was pretty awful,” says Professor Gehl, an internationally renowned urban planner. “They had just put the Bourke Street mall in place at the time, but it wasn’t to do anything for people – […]

America’s suburbs are the next fertile g

The past twenty years may have seen the remarkable comeback of cities, but the next twenty may actually be more about the suburbs, as many cities have become victims of their own success. The housing crisis — a product of a complex array of factors from underconstruction to downzoning — has made some cities, like […]