Tag Archive: urban design

Bright Idea: Reinventing “La Rambla”

What urban street design technique can provide benefits in terms of traffic calming, economic development, stormwater management, parking, heat island effect, and aesthetics? The answer: “Ramblas.” Challenged with retrofitting a wide boulevard in… Continue reading

Are We Designing Parks for People?

We should be! The latest plan for Philadelphia’s unique Benjamin  Franklin Parkway takes a new approach to thinking about how [different!] people use our public spaces. Read the full plan here.

2013: Could It Be the Year of the Parklet?

I reported last year on MOTU’s (the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities) efforts to promote parklet development across Philadelphia… well they are at it again. Six parklets were developed in 2012 through… Continue reading

Philadelphia: Design Au Naturel

You don’t need a festival to find great design in Philadelphia. Here are a few examples from my collection.

Calthorpe-ism: Restoring the Ecology of Urban Areas

This evening, I had the opportunity to sit in on a lecture by Peter Calthorpe, an architect and urban planner that has taken transit-oriented development and regional planning to the next level. The… Continue reading

Park(ing) Day to Showcase Philly Parklets

Park(ing) Day 2012 in Philadelphia will showcase the ingenuity of almost 50 teams of people and their ideas for how to put almost 60 on-street parking spaces into more productive use for a… Continue reading

More Obsessed: The High Line

I was really disappointed by the New York Times article insulting The High Line as “Disney World on the Hudson.” Many of my urban planning friends were quick to assume this one bad… Continue reading

What Philadelphia is Not Doing

Portland, Oregon is a great proponent of sustainable development and stormwater management through their advancements with green streets and eco-districts. But, they have also decided to invest a LOT of time and money… Continue reading