Tag urban planning

Do We Need More Google Cities?

Carlo Ratti— One of the lesser-known casualties of COVID-19 has been a new, large-scale urban development in Toronto, led by Google sibling company Sidewalk Labs. Several years in the making, the “Google City”—as it was sometimes dubbed in the media—ultimately came to a halt because of the ongoing recession, but

Continue reading…

Ep. 75 – Charleston Fancy

In this conversation with eminent architectural critic Witold Rybczynski, we discuss some fascinating and truly unique architecture and urban development projects in one the most beautiful cities in the U.S., Charleston, South Carolina. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Spotify | Soundcloud

Finding the City with Romare Bearden and Hans Haacke

Greg Foster-Rice– The artists Romare Bearden and Hans Haacke are not normally considered together in conventional histories of art, nor are they typically associated with urban planning. But in 1971 they simultaneously made distinctive contributions to our understanding of urbanism, revealing the centrality of the city – both its problems

Continue reading…

Q&A With Author David Sedlak on the Future of Clean Water

Follow @yaleSCIbooks With the planet’s clean water sources strained by over-population and pollution, Yale University Press sat down with Water 4.0 author David Sedlak to talk about the future of urban water systems. For more on what we must do to protect our most precious resource, visit water4point0.com.   Yale University

Continue reading…

The Rise and Fall of Urbanism: Douglas W. Rae’s City

Settled by Puritans in 1638, New Haven, Connecticut was the first planned city in America. A few weeks ago in New Haven, a group of citizens met in the basement of a middle school to discuss the well-being of their town. Issues like “food deserts,” street crime, and health problems came

Continue reading…

Architectural Space in Hitler’s Berlin

Seventy years after the end of WWII, we tend to associate Hitler and the German Reich with destruction. Yet, as Hitler rose to power in the 1920s and 1930s, construction was a key part of his political agenda, a fact that Thomas Friedrich makes clear in Hitler’s Berlin: Abused City,

Continue reading…

Goodreads Giveaway: The Very Hungry City

Follow @yaleSCIbooks With our interview with Austin Troy about The Very Hungry City: Urban Energy Efficiency and the Economic Fate of Cities, we’re also sponsoring a book giveaway on Goodreads. Reminding us of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, as global demand for energy grows and prices rise, a city’s energy consumption

Continue reading…

Austin Troy Interviews on The Very Hungry City

Follow @yaleSCIbooks This month Yale University Press has published The Very Hungry City: Urban Energy Efficiency and the Economic Fate of Cities, by Austin Troy, associate professor in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont, and principal and co-founder of Spatial Informatics Group. The

Continue reading…

Redesigning the Slums: Stirling’s Urban Neighborhood

When James Frazer Stirling won the Good Housing Competition prize in 1963 for his architectural design, the Daily Mail ran the outraged headline, “Frankly, do you think this is WORTH A PRIZE?” The reader’s answer was obviously supposed to be “no,” especially when confronted with the article’s comment that the

Continue reading…