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Entries in Planning & Urban Design (11)

Wednesday
Aug022017

How Urban Design Can Save Lives

Image courtesy Matt Quinn

This post is part of a blog series related to Dialogue 30, "The Livability Issue.”

As Designers and Planners, we base our design concepts on a variety of inputs: site program, client preferences, industry practices, etc. But we still build parts of our cities the same way we have for nearly a century. This failure to consider our evolving needs and adapt to them may be killing us!

Urban Design can help. Here are three ideas – local, neighborhood and citywide.

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Thursday
Jun152017

L.A.’s Next Big Challenge: Creating Inclusive Public Spaces 

Image © Gensler

Gensler’s Los Angeles office sits amidst bustling Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA)—a place that has undergone dramatic changes in environmental and demographic character over recent decades. Many native Angelenos will attest: “We never spent time downtown when I was growing up.” Today, cranes dot the downtown landscape in every direction. And while Los Angeles is an icon of diversity, with new development comes a clear sense of stratification.

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Thursday
May252017

Autonomous Vehicles Part II: What Lies Ahead

CC image courtesy DimiTVP

In my previous post, Autonomous Vehicles Part I: The Future is Here, I discussed the exciting autonomous technology that already surrounds us. However, there’s still a lot we can expect down the road.

Everyone talks about the hurdles that impede the adoption of driverless cars – regulatory approval, insurance liability, and technology that isn’t quite foolproof (yet). But deployment of personal self-driving vehicles also faces some other “speed bumps”:

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Tuesday
Apr182017

Four Strategies for Hospitals to Strengthen Their Communities

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This post is part of a series related to Uniting Healthcare + Community.

In many places across the U.S., hospitals and healthcare systems are the largest employers in their regions. But are they true engines of economic development for their communities? Not always. Their limited influence is often the consequence of outdated planning strategies and tax laws. Now a bottom-up demand is creating a market for a more responsive and proactive model of healthcare delivery, sparking a revolution that will directly impact the planning and land use strategies used on major hospital campuses. Let’s look at how this situation has developed, and outline some solutions to address it.

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Monday
Mar062017

LA Forward: Embracing the Future of Mobility

Future visions for aligning mobility and development – LA Forward. Image © Gensler

Ask anyone who lives in, or has visited Los Angeles, and they’ll tell you their least favorite part of our city is the traffic. We agree; it’s one of our city’s great challenges. Los Angeles has recovered from the great recession of 2008 and we see tremendous growth physically and economically. The issue is that recent development has tended to spread jobs and housing across the city, away from transit, limiting our ability to efficiently and easily move around Los Angeles.

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