The Knight Foundation has funded a “Project for Lean Urbanism,” proposed by Andrés Duany. Set between the approaches of Tactical Urbanism and New Urbanism, Lean Urbanism focuses on revitalizing cities by encouraging people to participate in community-building. In a recent article, Duany explains the concept to be applied to Detroit:“Detroit is now a place where risk-oblivious millennials can get things done. This is too difficult in most places because of regulations, bureaucracy that makes it impossible to bake a cookie for sale without a certified kitchen, an accessible bathroom and constant inspections.”
Will this approach succeed in revitalizing the bankrupt city? What are the pros and cons? Stay tuned…
Condos in Vancouver.
Cities From The Sky
1 •Dubaï, Émirats Arabes Unis.
2 • Shanghai, Chine.
3 • Mexico, Mexique.
4 • Barcelone, Espagne.
5 • Amsterdam, Pays-Bas.
6 • Venise, Italie
7 • Moscou, Russie.
8 • San Francisco, États-Unis.
9 • Paris, France.
10 • Seattle, Etats-Unis.
“Looking for a New Old House?
Americans fed up with over-sized, over-designed McMansions are finding saner shelter in houses ‘historic” on the outside—but full of walk-in closets and modern kitchens within
By DALE HRABI. Jan 24, 2014
"The first words that come out my clients’ mouths are, ‘We’d love to have a real old house. We just can’t find one,’ " said architect Russell Versaci, who runs a Middleburg, Va.-based practice. "And the second thing they say is, ‘We are so sick of McMansions. We just want to get out and get back to reality.’ "
What architects like Mr. Versaci—along with certain discriminating prefab builders and house-plan companies—offer instead is known as the New Old House: a sanely proportioned residence that’s historically accurate on the outside, but conceived for the needs of modern Americans on the inside. Austere Greek Revival farmhouses with roomy island kitchens. Time-travelesque Craftsman bungalows with startlingly open floor plans. Walk-in closets designed to hold more than a few Civil War-era muslin petticoats.”
Images: Top row: The Bungalow Company; Private Collection/The Grolier Club; Jim Westphalen; Middle row: Private Collection/The Grolier Club (historic images); Paul Costello; Bottom row: Erik Kvalsvik; Collection of the American Antiquarian Society; Jim Westphalen
One of the most beautiful cities in Europe; Bath, England
Visited Bath once. What a beautiful city!
As urban freeways age and deteriorate, cities increasingly consider removing them. In a 17-page brief on Re-Thinking the Urban Freeway, the Mayors Innovation Project reports that “the time is right” for cash-strapped American cities to consider permanent removal and conversion to boulevards and parks. Freeways often occupy valuable real estate without paying taxes and are costly to maintain. They lower property values and increase blight, the report says.
Although urban freeways were welcomed in the 1950s and 1960s as economic drivers, now they are under scrutiny for interrupting street patterns, making local businesses inaccessible, worsening pollution and demaging public health. Such diverse cities as Boston, Milwaukee, New York, Portland, Oregon, San Francisco, and Seoul are among those to have demolished highways – and they have discovered that pollution diminished, local roads absorbed traffic, and real estate values soared.
Note the “before and after” photos of the San Francisco waterfront. On top, see how the hideous Embarcadero Freeway, built in 1959, long blocked bay views and devalued the downtown waterfront. In the bottom photograph, see how installation of the Embarcadero boulevard promoted pedestrian movement and commercial revitalization of the Ferry Building and adjacent areas, after the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake prompted removal of the elevated freeway.
- Basic bollards in San Francisco, California
- Public seating in New York, NY
- Half-wheels in Seville, Spain
- Grass and trees in Copenhagen, Denmark
- Parked bikes in Rotterdam, Netherlands
19 beautiful ways to protect bike lanes. via peopleforbikes, 04.10.13.
I’m thankful for safe Bike lanes!
Ben Greene of The Farmery discusses his revolutionary approach to urban farming.
Plant-filled amphitheater proposed for the HIgh Line’s final stretch.