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Manhattan Beach Pedestrian Street

Density is Great, But Walkability Needs More

Achieving density and creating public circulation space that is centered around pedestrians are both key components to fostering a walkable environment. Both are things that the typical American, suburban model lack. With homes spread so far apart–from both each other and any non-residential destination–walking becomes senseless in communities that are beholden to the car down […]

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Reviewed: Sustainable Urbanism

Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design With Nature By Douglas Farr In One Line: A well-crafted overview of sustainable planning strategies with a broad lens that is valuable for a range of readers as a foundation to a library of stewardship.  The complexity of sustainability is one of its worse enemies. Our modern attempts to condense information can […]

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self storage road

The Growing Shadow of Self Storage

As January comes to a close most of the presents of the holiday season have probably found a place in our homes. Shelves are a bit heavier. Closets are a bit fuller. Unclaimed space is a bit rarer. The success of the retail industry shows itself in our collective burgeoning homes and as the spring […]

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Reviewed: Explosion Green

Explosion Green By David Gottfried In One Line: A low-stress read for an informative look behind the curtain from a key figure responsible for the start of the green building movement.  For over two decades the USGBC’s LEED rating system has been an undeniably important part of the story of sustainability entering into the industries responsible for our […]

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Cities of 2030, Today

Cities can grow to defy our current perceptions of plausibility. In the future, each spire in a collection of gleaming, vertical towers could harness density through a mixture of use types from working to living to growing food. Not only could each building produce its own renewable energy, but the excess could be pumped back […]

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Reviewed: A Country of Cities

A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America By Vishaan Chakrabarti In One Line: Nice graphics tell a familiar urban story more fit for casual readers than seasoned design professionals. In the midst of a global economy that is already migrating towards cities, Chakrabarti adds his voice to the drumbeat of density in […]

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Architects Hail from NYC and Europe to Talk Urban Resiliency

Contrary to the statements of some and the hopes of many, there are no silver bullets for solving challenges surrounding sustainability. Part of this is due to the complexity of the problems, some is due to the fact that there are so many points of view for problem solving and a piece of the responsibility falls […]

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