3 Winning Designs for Unplanned Cities Focus on the People Who Live in Them

​As more of the world’s population moves into refugee camps and slums due to war, climate change, rural-to-urban migration and ad hoc urban planning, discussions about housing are increasingly shifting toward how to meet these makeshift neighborhoods where they’re at. Read more... Read more

Making Cities More Dense Always Sparks Resistance. Here’s How to Overcome It.

Urban density, done well, has all kinds of benefits. But it means telling the residents of an area that a bunch more people are moving in. And that always generates resistance, sentiment that has taken on the name NIMBY [Not In My Backyard]. Urbanist Brent Toderian, who has worked with numerous cities on densification projects, explains how he thinks about, and deals with, NIMBYs Read more... Read more

Growing Up: New Guidelines Promote Child-Friendly Density

​ The City of Toronto is creating new planning guidelines to ensure that high-density communities better meet the needs of children. Growing Up: Planning for Children in New Vertical Communities initiative provides new guidelines to promote more youth-friendly development. The newly released draft plan lays out the City’s priorities, with policies addressing urban well-being at three scales: the neighborhood, the building, and the unit. Read more... Read more

California Won’t Meet Its Climate Change Goals Without a Lot More Housing Density In Its Cities

​To meet the bold new climate change goals put in place last year, California will work to put millions of electric cars on the road, revolutionize its dairy industry and generate half of all power from solar panels and other renewable sources. But those efforts will come up short, warn state regulators, without dramatic changes to how Californians live and travel. Getting people out of their cars in favor of walking, cycling or riding mass transit will require the development... Read more

Are You a Millennial? Fort Myers Wants You to Move Downtown

Fort Myers officials are willing to rewrite the law books to make shopping, dining and living around downtown more attractive to millennials. Higher density around downtown means more buildings for urban housing, retail and coffee shops. The city’s goal seems simple: diversify the economy, create a walkable environment and establish a hub of activity. Then, theoretically, millennials will come. Read more... Read more
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