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  1. A Brief History of the Birth of Urban Planning
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    A Brief History of the Birth of Urban Planning

    At America's first urban planning conference, held in New York in 1898, a British planner asked whether he and his colleagues were striving for beautiful people or beautiful cities. Is urban...

    written by: Amanda Erickson
    09.05.12

  2. A Clearing in the Streets
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    A Clearing in the Streets

    Frederick Law Olmsted brought nature to New York in his carefully controlled design of Central Park.  In that green oasis amid the city’s dense buildings, nature comes to urbanites in...

    written by: Drew Himmelstein
    06.04.09

  3. A Five-Act History of Urbanism in Barcelona
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    A Five-Act History of Urbanism in Barcelona

    Labyrinthine alleys, majestic avenues, meandering parks, and pristine beaches—this is the urban fabric of modern Barcelona, a city 2,500 years in the making. We've traipsed the Catalonian capital's...

    written by: Diana Budds
    06.09.13

  4. A New Nørreport for Copenhagen
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    A New Nørreport for Copenhagen

    While I was studying abroad last spring in Copenhagen, every morning on my way to school I passed through the busiest train hub, Nørreport Station. Whether on bike, bus, or train, it was...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    11.13.09

  5. A Vision for Queens' Version of the High Line
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    A Vision for Queens' Version of the High Line

    The QueensWay would turn an abandoned stretch of Long Island Railroad track into the borough's newest park.

    written by: William Lamb
    10.16.14

  6. Affordable Housing for China
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    Affordable Housing for China

    Over a million people have moved to Guangzhou in the past eight years, making the city's population nearly ten million today. This urbanization is the trend of cities worldwide; it makes all the...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    10.01.08

  7. Alex Steffen on Cities
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    Alex Steffen on Cities

    Writer, speaker, and planetary futurist, Alex Steffen is one of the most vital voices in sustainability today. He founded and edited the website Worldchanging for seven years, and now writes and...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    02.06.13

  8. Building Sustainable Communities Exhibit
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    Building Sustainable Communities Exhibit

    An inquisitive exhibit recently extended through January 2009 at the Danish Architecture Center asks “What if architecture could change the world?” Building Sustainable Communities ...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    10.15.08

  9. Designing Detroit
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    Designing Detroit

    If the Great Recession has an unofficial mascot, it's Detroit. Even though the once-mighty Motown has been in a slow-motion death-spin since the days of the K-car, the city's abandoned factories...

    written by: David A. Greene
    03.18.09

  10. Floating Pool
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    Floating Pool

    There was once a steel-decked river barge, decommissioned and idle in Morgan City, Louisiana. Lonely and unused, it was purchased by the Neptune Foundation, a not-for-profit that constructs movable...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    09.24.08

  11. Forwarding Dallas
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    Forwarding Dallas

    Earlier this year, Dwell editor Aaron Britt traveled down to Dallas, Texas, for a design charrette with Re:Vision Dallas. The project is a collaboration between Urban Re:Vision and the Central...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    12.03.09

  12. In Memoriam: Lawrence Halprin
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    In Memoriam: Lawrence Halprin

    I was very sad to learn that the design world lost a giant in the field yesterday when landscape architect Lawrence Halprin passed away at age 93. He worked all over the country, but it could be...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    10.26.09

  13. Inhabitat Interviews Gavin Newsom
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    Inhabitat Interviews Gavin Newsom

    This fall, Inhabitat ran a series of interviews with leaders in sustainable design and urban planning. The last in the series was a lengthy chat with Gavin Newsom, the mayor of San Francisco. The...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    11.24.09

  14. Innovation Hub: ULI Spring Meeting in San Diego
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    Innovation Hub: ULI Spring Meeting in San Diego

    'Innovate' was the buzzword at the Urban Land Institute’s spring conference in San Diego, May 15-17, where some 3,500 planners, developers, and real estate and land use professionals gathered to...

    05.20.13

  15. Invincible Cities
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    Invincible Cities

    The exhibition "Harlem 1970-2009: Photographs by Camilo José Vergara," opens at the New-York Historical Society on April 30, but you can see Vergara's photos anytime at his "...

    written by: David A. Greene
    04.27.09

  16. Islands of LA
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    Islands of LA

    On my commute last week I noticed a sign posted on a traffic island declaring the narrow grassy strip an 'Island of LA Nat'l Park.' Intrigued, I took a look on the internet and found that for the...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    03.10.09

  17. Jane Jacobs Video
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    Jane Jacobs Video

    I was so pleased to come across this video recently on the website Grist—a nearly ten-minute film about creating healthy neighborhoods, narrated by the late, great urban writer and activist...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    04.30.12

  18. LA's Restored Overlook Park
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    LA's Restored Overlook Park

    This week LA unveiled its newest park, a 50-acre greenspace that sits 500 feet above the city just southwest of Downtown, on a plot of land that was historically part of the Baldwin Hills oil...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    04.29.09

  19. Looks Like We're Getting That Train
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    Looks Like We're Getting That Train

    The high speed rail system in France, called the TGV, has revolutionized travel within the country. Now it's easy to pop between Avignon and Paris in under 3 hours (a distance that used to be a 6-7...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    11.10.08

  20. Natalie Jeremijenko's MoMA Lecture
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    Natalie Jeremijenko's MoMA Lecture

    One of the best things about the Internet is the ability to virtually attend lectures we couldn't get to in real-time. A series of lectures that took place at the MoMA's Design and the Elastic Mind...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    03.20.09

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