Urban Design

The Amazing Things You Can Learn From a Virtual City

This new tool can help us understand how people respond to urban spaces before they're built.

Nikki Sylianteng

Designing a Less Confusing Parking Sign

A much more visual and intuitive take.

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How to Design a Happier City

Charles Montgomery's new book finds the intersection of urban policy and well-being.

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This Brilliant Rain-Collecting 'Sofa' Can Help Address Scarce Water Supplies

A super useful piece of furniture for the outdoor urban living room.

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Anatomy of a Public Space

Studying the role of shadow, sound, seating and more on Philadelphia's The Porch.

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Is the Internet's Appetite for Sexy Renderings Hurting Architecture?

Photorealistic design plans may help hype individual projects, but reality doesn't always deliver.

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Why Our Cities Look and Work the Way They Do

A conversation with Sam Bass Warner and Andrew Whittemore about their new book, American Urban Form.

The Urbanist Toolkit Bracket Challenge

March Madness for urban design nerds.

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The (Failed) Idea That Links St. Petersburg and Mumbai

Even in cities laid out to micro-manage and shape its residents, the people who use public space can't be controlled.

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On Second Thought, Maybe Accepting $5 Million to Erect a Statue of a Foreign Dictator's Dad Isn't Such a Great Idea

Mexico City's surreal adventure with Heydar Aliyev.

Armelle Caron

Can You Tell a City By Its Blocks?

What if blocks could be extracted, stripped of all but their essential form, and lined up for inspection? Would we know a place by the sum of its parts?

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Bikeshare Stations Don't Have to Be Clunky

A Swiss design firm imagines elegant docking systems that blend into the urban mold.

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The Politics of Skateboarding

A new film explores the conflicted relationship between the skater and the city.

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Is Bad Urban Design Making Us Lonely?

Social interaction can be encouraged by our built environment. But it isn't always.

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Could This Be the World's Weirdest Pedestrian Bridge?

The designers of this proposed Amsterdam river bridge get a little too whimsical for their own good.

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NASA's Groovy Concept Art for the Orbiting Cities of the Future

Not content with putting a man on the moon in 1969, the aeronautics agency once aimed to create an entire space-based neighborhood.

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David Lewis, Urban Design Pioneer

The influential Carnegie Mellon professor turned 90 this week, garnering a terrific profile in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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The 8 to 80 Problem: Designing Cities for Young and Old

How can cities create neighborhoods that work well for all generations?

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An Encylopedia of Land Use Codes

Online depository highlights the best city codes throughout history