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The central market square, or Grote Markt, in Bruges at dusk on a summer night.

A Love Letter To Flemish Cities

I’ve recently become enamored with the historic cities of Flandres, the Dutch-speaking region of Belgium. Whilst I used to only pass through Flandres in the past, often on my way to France, I first discovered Flemish cities on a study trip to the region in 2007. Wandering through places like Bruges or Ghent with a […]

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A love letter to urban scents

Dear urban olfactory overexposers, You’re not quite like the unpopulated wet forest, smelling of mud, decay and heavy timber; nor like my tiny oceanside hometown filling the air with brine and sundried seaweed. Rather you have a grand variety of lowpoints and highs; a combination of heady delicacies and nauseating wafts… The mysterious night bakery […]

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Under the M train before Sea Town

Elevated Trains

I am coming to the end of my cell phone contract and have been going through the data stored on my phone. In the course of this rather banal task it became apparent that I have taken a large number of photos of two things: my dog and elevated train stations (or views from them). […]

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Are we closer to utopia?

Last century, architects and urban planners had to deal with the fact that vehicles were rapidly increasing their presence in cities. To solve the relationship between cars and pedestrians, some proposed to separate them. A relevant example of these urban planners was Clarence Perry, who developed a concept in the early 1900′s called the “Neighborhood Unit” […]

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Taksim Square Proposal

Taksim Square: Istanbul Residents vs Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality

  This is our second post about Taksim Square. For city planners and architects looking in from the outside there are two issues; 1) what are the merits of the development proposals for Taksim Square; and 2) did Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality consult civic groups and organizations representing business owners and residents of the area before commencing construction?  The  answer to both questions is a […]

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Taksim Square - Istanbul

Taksim Square: To whom does this public space belong?

Taksim Square is a central public space and transit hub located in the European part of Istanbul, Turkey.  It is a major tourist attraction with hotels, shops, restaurants, and cultural landmarks. It is also a place where public events, parades, and New Year celebrations take place. Also, one of the largest and most visited pedestrian commercial corridors […]

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call for submissions

A call for writers, contributers, and submissions

The plaNYourCity editorial board invites quality submissions from students, scholars, hobbyists, and professionals interested in urbanism, planning, architecture, and related fields. Would you like to… Build your portfolio? Brush up on your writing? Discuss your thoughts and concerns? Reach out to a global audience of practitioners and theorists? Find an excuse to further research your […]

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More on Mumbai Floor Area Regulations

The post from September 2nd on Mumbai’s floor area regulations which was largely based on Alain Bertaud’s  (AB) report very succinctly identified major issues that limit supply of housing in Mumbai. A contrasting viewpoint was recently presented by Shirish B. Patel in a national daily newspaper in India. This post complements the earlier post and […]

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What Makes Paris Look Like Paris?

Recently on this blog we have talked about the cognitive mapping of a city, exploring how individuals see and record their own neighborhoods. As I write this I can’t help but recall Kevin Lynch’s The Image of the City.  He analyzed the organization of cities and subsequently pointed out the way we navigate through these spaces. […]

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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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