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Medellin's Social Innovation

Medellin's Social Innovation | Urban Design | Scoop.it
This year, Medellin, the second largest city in Colombia, is the host of the UN-Habitat's World Urban Forum, which attracts more than 15,000 urban leaders from around the world. This is a huge acco...
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When talking about Medellins's development, David Sims said , "the city was doing a great job of focusing on the small things that matter how people get to work, how they live."  I think we as urban designers sometimes forget this, that the cumulative effect of a lot of small actions could bring more change than one large event.

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The Dirty Truth Behind Park & Rides

The Dirty Truth Behind Park & Rides | Urban Design | Scoop.it
Park and ride facilities are darling infrastructure of the transit planning profession. By providing “free” parking to lure choice riders out of cars and onto buses and trains, ridership can get a ...
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Never thought about it this way.
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The Hidden Line in Obama’s Budget and What it Means for Cities and Metro Areas

The Hidden Line in Obama’s Budget and What it Means for Cities and Metro Areas | Urban Design | Scoop.it
The most important takeaway from President Obama’s just-released 2015 budget is actually the least discussed: Over the next decade, the federal government’s focus will change fundamentally, forcing our cities and metropolitan areas to pick up the...
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Day 2: A World Class Transportation System - Strong Towns Blog - Strong Towns

Day 2: A World Class Transportation System - Strong Towns Blog - Strong Towns | Urban Design | Scoop.it
The Move MN proposal to expand the transportation slush fund with the least painful, and most indi...
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Here is the second installment in the series of stories on the future of transportation.
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Crowdsourced Urbanism: How to Leverage Social Media in Design Processes BNIM

How can design professionals best leverage social media and crowdsourcing technologies design better places for people?
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Protected Intersections for Bicyclists

Protected Intersections for Bicyclists | Urban Design | Scoop.it
This site will develop into a clearinghouse for exploration, examples, images, references related to the Protected Intersection design concept. Learn more in th
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Hope this spreads. As more of us bike we need to make the streets safer.
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Why The World's Largest Experiment In Free Public Transportation Failed

Why The World's Largest Experiment In Free Public Transportation Failed | Urban Design | Scoop.it
In an ambitious move the capital of Estonia gave its 430000 residents access to public transit. So why didn't the free rides result in new passengers
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Here is an article that provides a different argument to an earlier one I posted about the same free transit.
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A/N Blog . Before & After> 25 of New York City’s Most Transformative Road Diets

A/N Blog . Before & After> 25 of New York City’s Most Transformative Road Diets | Urban Design | Scoop.it
A/N Blog - Quicks hits and big thoughts from The Architect's Newspaper
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Can New York keep it up?  Can other major cities follow their lead?  All it takes is a creative mind, some paint, some planters, and the will to make it happen.  Let the pedestrians take back some of their streets!

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Filmtastic Fridays: Tiger-Stone Brick Machine

Filmtastic Fridays: Tiger-Stone Brick Machine | Urban Design | Scoop.it
The idea of watching people lay brick might sound as exciting as watching paint dry, but the amazing Tiger-Stone brick laying machine has actually made the la…
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I had posted a picture of this on my FB page awhile ago, and people couldn't believe it worked. Well, here is a video that shows how it works.  Do you think this will make cities more likely to use permeable pavers for low traffic areas? 

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My Playground: A Film About Movement In Urban Space

My Playground: A Film About Movement In Urban Space | Urban Design | Scoop.it
Filmed in Copenhagen, Denmark and Tokyo, Japan, My Playground shows the connection between buildings and the human body. Parkour, or free ru (RT @ShapeThePlace: My Playground Film - the connection between #Parkour, #Architecture and #UrbanDesign.
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This post is more about memories from my study abroad than anything else.

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What the Interstate Highway System Should Have Looked Like

What the Interstate Highway System Should Have Looked Like | Urban Design | Scoop.it
Two separate road networks: one running between cities and one running within them.
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For the first post on the Urban Design Board is how the Interstate Highway Systems have had an unintended impact on our cities.

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What Happens When Total Strangers Are Asked to Touch

What Happens When Total Strangers Are Asked to Touch | Urban Design | Scoop.it
An introvert's nightmare.
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How would you react if someone asked you do do this?
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Defining the Worst Type of Street Design

Defining the Worst Type of Street Design | Urban Design | Scoop.it
Part street, part road, 'stroads' are unsafe, ugly, and bad for local economies.
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Day 3: A World Class Transportation System - Strong Towns Blog - Strong Towns

Day 3: A World Class Transportation System - Strong Towns Blog - Strong Towns | Urban Design | Scoop.it
The Move MN coalition promised a transportation funding plan that would be comprehensive, balanced...
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Here is Day 3 in Building a World Class Transportation System.

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Day 1: A World Class Transportation System - Strong Towns Blog - Strong Towns

Day 1: A World Class Transportation System - Strong Towns Blog - Strong Towns | Urban Design | Scoop.it
This week I promised to respond to the Move MN proposal for funding a small portion of our project...
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A good read, and I will try and post the remainder of the series.
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The road not taken: Protected bike lanes were all the rage in 1905

The road not taken: Protected bike lanes were all the rage in 1905 | Urban Design | Scoop.it
A century ago, "an alternative vision of the future of American transportation flickered to life, and then faded." (Interesting!
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Again the idea of looking to out past to find out future.
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Paris's Abandoned Métro Stations, Reimagined as Theaters and Pools

Paris's Abandoned Métro Stations, Reimagined as Theaters and Pools | Urban Design | Scoop.it
Ideas for putting the city's "ghost stations" to good use.
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Doesn't New York have some abandoned metro stops?
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The future of social housing? Peabody unveils designs by 20 young architects

The future of social housing? Peabody unveils designs by 20 young architects | Urban Design | Scoop.it
London's oldest housing association, Peabody, reveals shortlist by 20 young architects that could build the next generation of affordable homes – including flats with allotments up top
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Those that know me  know I have an unhealthy fascination with social housing (sounds better than public housing).  This was brought to my attention by my friend Jen (who doesn't have an unhealthy fascination with social housing.  I think I need to stay on top of this and see where it goes, might be some fun and interesting things that could be implemented here.

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Register Exclusive: Housing could sprout around organic farm

Register Exclusive: Housing could sprout around organic farm | Urban Design | Scoop.it
A Des Moines-area developer is betting Iowans not only want to know the farmer who grows their food, they also will want to live next door to him.
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You can have your golf cours I'll take an organic farm. Is this the wave of the future?
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Suburbs Wipe Out Cities' Green Initiatives

Suburbs Wipe Out Cities' Green Initiatives | Urban Design | Scoop.it
Driving and larger houses wipe out the greenhouse gains in urban areas.
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How do we combat this going forward? More innovative planning in the suburbs? Is it getting people out of their cars, and if so how do you do that in a auto dominated environment?
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Urban Landscapes and Responsiveness | Sustainable Cities Collective

Urban Landscapes and Responsiveness | Sustainable Cities Collective | Urban Design | Scoop.it
Changes that cause major disruptions in human settlements, such as those triggered by earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions, can give rise to new landscapes that reveal a natural cycle, which is part of the territory where cities grow and...
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Can the US learn from this. A great example of a community being resilient.
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Mike Davis' Planet of Slums

Mike Davis' Planet of Slums | Urban Design | Scoop.it

"According to the United Nations, more than one billion people now live in the slums of the cities of the south. In this brilliant and ambitious book, Mike Davis explores the future of a radically unequal and explosively unstable urban world. He traces the global trajectory of informal settlement from the 1960s slums of hope , through urban poverty s big bang during the debt decades of the 1970s and 1980s, down to today s unprecedented megaslums like Cono Sur, Sadr City and the Cape Flats. From the sprawling barricadas of Lima to the garbage hills of Manila, urbanization has been disconnected from industrialization, even economic growth."


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I have read this book multiple times, it is a good read, and a brief insite into the lives of those living in different slums.  What makes this book unique, and good is the fact he lived in the slums he wrote about.  He was still a researcher from the outside, but he took the time to live, and try to understand the people that inhabited these places.

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