Category Archives: New Urbanism

Beautiful city rule: stay in scale!

I love the way the NY times writes about this tower that is oversized for it’s neighbourhood: “The tower is not beautiful but is impossible to ignore. The top floors are set off from the rest, and the crown is … Continue reading

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Parks and bush-land saves minds and lives!

Well well well, an economist has discovered the many amazing benefits of having green spaces near where we live. The data grows, the studies compound; the verdict is in. Green is good! Keep calm: reasons to head for the park … Continue reading

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Why I’m against Tesla’s Boring company purpose

The whole ‘Tesla skate’ idea is to take electric cars stuck in traffic, put them on a high speed electric skate that shoots along a tunnel underground at 200mph! Sounds like something cool from science fiction, right? Unfortunately, not all … Continue reading

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Temporary New Urbanism ‘tests’ for your city?

Peak oil doomers I knew said big business would never let cities create more bike lanes, Bus Rapid Transits (BRT’s) or retrofit city centres around moving pedestrians, not traffic. Apparently (according to the doomer) us dumb ‘sheeple’ (sheep people, following … Continue reading

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India planning this amazing eco-city

It is going to be built mainly out of wood with mixed use (residential and commercial and co-worker spaces). Science alert March 2016 has many inspiring illustrations like thisAnd, before we get too carried away with all the green, let’s … Continue reading

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Sprawl costs America $1 TRILLION annually!

This is amazing. How dumb are we for building sprawl across the western world? Washington, DC, March 19th: Urban sprawl costs the American economy more than US$1 trillion annually, according to a new study by the New Climate Economy. These … Continue reading

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‘Peak cars’ from clever city design, NOT peak oil!

The Guardian is running the most encouraging news headline I’ve seen in a long time. I grabbed my coffee, and sat and stared in wonder at this headline. It’s a thing of beauty. End of the car age: how cities … Continue reading

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