Opinion | The Urban Revival Is Over

“While many, if not most, large cities grew faster than their suburbs between 2000 and 2015, in the last two years the suburbs outgrew cities in two-thirds of America’s large metropolitan areas, according to a detailed analysis of the latest census data by the demographer William Frey of the Brookings Institution. Fourteen big cities lost… Continue reading Opinion | The Urban Revival Is Over

Instrumental City: The View from New York’s Hudson Yards, circa 2019

“While some models of smart urbanism embrace the tools of “e-government” — report-a-pothole apps, for example, or community planning software — they typically lack any means of accommodating user input that challenges the underlying principles and ideologies of the tools.” – Instrumental City: The View from New York’s Hudson Yards, circa 2019

Instrumental City: The View from New York’s Hudson Yards, circa 2019

“In a recent article, Neil Brenner and Christian Schmid identified three “urban age discourses” that shape our current episteme. Urban triumphalism, as championed by economists like Edward Glaeser, regards the city as an engine of innovation and civilization and prosperity. Sustainable urbanism imagines cities as hotbeds of resilience and environmental consciousness. Finally, technoscientific urbanism reflects… Continue reading Instrumental City: The View from New York’s Hudson Yards, circa 2019

Five Cities That Are Leading the Way in Urban Innovation

“The idea of pink zones has been rumbling around planning circles for a few years. In the U.K., where it is called pink planning, it mainly aims to remove obstacles to new residential developments. It is part of a larger effort called “lean urbanism” that aims to reduce the regulatory tangle that can hinder new… Continue reading Five Cities That Are Leading the Way in Urban Innovation

Mimi Zeiger asks why architects are silent on Ferguson

“As Koolhaas’ talk progressed, he critiqued notions of livability, pleasant sloganeering, and innovation rhetoric as strategies on the part of governments and corporations for consolidating control and capital: “A new trinity is at work: traditional European values of liberty, equality, and fraternity have been replaced in the 21st century by comfort, security, and sustainability” –… Continue reading Mimi Zeiger asks why architects are silent on Ferguson

How to build a fairer city

“The grounded city is neither an insoluble city problem in the 1970s sense, nor a city black box in the 2000s sense delivering pleasant surprises. The grounded city is instead a site of diverse experiments and learning which could and should be publicly led.” – How to build a fairer city