Archive | July, 2012
Beyond Zuccotti Park book cover

Beyond Zuccotti Park

New York City has these strange beasts called Privately Owned Public Spaces (or POPS) which were put to some significant tests for the first time in recent history during the Occupy Wall Street protests. Many planners were watching the protests to see if privately owned spaces, like Zuccotti Park, could truly operate as public spaces […]

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Industries and Urban Form: categorizing businesses by proximity and speed

With the growth of form-based and performance-based zoning, specific land use restrictions are beginning to fall to the wayside, and this is becoming especially relevant for urban industrial areas. As technology continues to improve and existing performance standards are met or bettered, it seems increasingly less relevant to plan for a specific industrial use. The problem […]

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Harvard Graduates Mapping Public Toilets in Mumbai Slums.

In a recent NY Times, article, Mapping Toilets in a Mumbai Slums Yields Unexpected Results (India Talk – July22, 2012), Samuel Lowenberg reported about a class of Harvard graduates in public health, mapping public toilets in a Mumbai slum called Cheetah camp. I suspect this isn’t exactly what our young overachievers had in mind when they selected […]

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Shootings Mapped

Due to the recent shooting in Colorado, it seemed appropriate to look at an older post from the Atlantic on the Geography of Gun Deaths by Richard Florida. These emotional moments are often points when people rally for policy changes, and I thought it might be interesting to look at the discussion surrounding data about […]

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Calatarava's Bridge

Santiago Calatrava: a better bridge designer than an architect

I recently visited Calatrava’s City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain.  This huge complex was built in the bed of the river Turia, which was diverted after a devastating flood in 1957.  Shortly after, the riverbed was converted into a park to showcase the work of the Valencia native, Santiago Calatrava.  The park has one […]

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wild urban plants

EVENT: Wild Urban Plants, Wed. 7/18, 7:00pm

The Gowanus Canal Conservancy has been hosting a Wednesday Night Lecture Series over the last couple of months. Tonight’s event, and the final of the series, is entitled Wild Urban Plants. The lecture will be given at the 61 Local mezzanine, at 61 Bergen Street, Brooklyn. Admission is $5 or free if you renew or […]

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Disaster Management & Public Libraries

Recently I watched Spotlight on: The Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program on US Building Digest‘s website. It is about the construction program for libraries in Massachusetts, which is a state program, as opposed to New York’s more local systems. New York City has three separate systems, by the way: New York Public Library (which has […]

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High Speed Hope

High Speed Hope

60 minutes DC to NYC on a train?

Yes, please!

That is less time than it takes me to get to an airport.

Fingers are crossed, but I am prepared for disappointment.

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typical satellite beach home

Neighborhood Photo Essay: Satellite Beach, FL

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EVENT: Greater and Greener 7/13/12-7/17/12

This international conference on urban parkland is going on already, but there is still time to partake! Here is the full schedule. It goes through Tuesday and if you happen to have some time off, it looks like there will be plenty of tours of New York City Parks and there are several “tracks” to […]

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