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Entries in Urban Planning (58)

Monday
Aug012016

Tokyo Olympic Legacy: Navigation Infrastructure

Image courtesy of Flickr user Shuets Udono

Tokyo is the second largest city in the world. Futuristic, vibrant and dense, this thriving metropolis is set to host their second Olympic Games in the summer of 2020, and it will make substantial infrastructural investments in preparation for the games. Hosting the Olympic Games require hefty investments, and many cities have been criticized for letting massive structures go to waste. But the Japanese are renowned for their resourcefulness when it comes to space. The city already boasts great examples of positive Olympic legacies, such as the Tokaido Shinkansen, the high-speed railway and a network of toll expressways in and around the greater Tokyo area; both were built for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and have been dutifully serving the community since.

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Friday
Jul152016

Uncovering Providencia: Gensler Goes to Venice Biennale

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In April and May, Gensler made its first appearance at the La Biennale di Venezia (15th International Architecture Exhibition) and the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam. The challenge: to envision a “living plan” for a new port town in the Amazon as a model of sustainable development—in the form of a dinner table installation.

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Friday
Jun172016

Unleashing the #PowerOfUs

Image © Gensler

On June 11, I had the privilege of giving a TEDx talk, at TEDxBrum, sharing a platform with Birmingham’s most pioneering thinkers from across every discipline, background and culture. I came away not just with a wealth of inspiration and ideas, but also a heightened curiosity of what, collectively, could be achieved by this heterogeneous metropolis if we unleashed the #PowerOfUs.

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Wednesday
Mar092016

Great Streets Make Great Communities 

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In Los Angeles, more land is dedicated to streets and parking than anywhere else in America. At 7,500 centerline miles, streets constitute 15 percent of all land in the City of Los Angeles while over 14 percent of land in the county is dedicated to parking. In 2013, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti established the Great Streets imitative to activate this land and further bolster local economies, public safety, and different cultures present throughout Los Angeles.

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Monday
Jan182016

Where the Streets Have No Name

Image © Jordan Berta.

I see a picture of a girl sitting near New York City’s Highline, gazing out on an empty street. It’s an evocative image, a little sad actually, and I can’t help but wonder, “Why is the street so empty?” I realize it was taken at an off-hour, but that’s the wonder of the photograph. I joke to myself that The Highline has so wildly succeeded at presenting an above grade urban experience that the experiences of the surrounding streets have been sapped of their energy and urgency. I pause briefly to visualize a Blade Runner city of hierarchical levels racing upwards to new heights. I see a place where blighted streets sit empty, collecting trash and debris and housing the less fortunate. But that kind of dystopian future only happens in bad ‘60s urbanism and science fiction, right?

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