Bicycle City: Plans for a City Where Cars are Prohibited


The idea behind Bicycle City is that people can live, work, and play in a town where everything is accessible by just riding a bike (with parking is at the edge of the community.) Bicycle city was an idea conceived in the 90’s and was just recently started this past year after they received funding. The location for the first Bicycle city is Lexington County, SC, between mountains…

Stuck in Studio: A new site that gives resources to architecture students


Everyone knows that architecture students are always in studio. As an architecture student you are expected to pull all nighters and go days without sleep right before your final presentation. Stuck in Studio is a way to give architecture students a way to connect with other architecture students, a way to find a job after graduation, and overall a way to take a break from that project you have been slaving over for the last 6 hours straight.

Amtrak Map Represented in the Style of a Subway Map


Cameron Booth, a graphic designer and photographer, has put together a map of the Amtrak Routes in the US to look like a subway map. This diagram is visually interesting and a very unique idea. He has several details of his map on his website and is also selling prints to the pubic. Below is a picture of the map along with a picture of the actual Amtrak map.

Mall in Utah Being Transformed into a Mixed-Use Walkable Neighborhood


In my previous post I talked about how in the future we will be needing to retrofit our malls and redevelop our suburbs into mixed use communities that are human scale rather than reliant on the car. One great example of this is the redevelopment of the Cottonwood Mall in Utah. This mall is known for being the first mall in Utah and now is being known as the first mall to be turned into a neighborhood.

Ellen Dunham-Jones Talks about Retrofitting Our Suburbs for the Future


In January Ellen Dunham- Jones talked at TED about the importance of transforming our existing suburbs into something tat is more sustainable and more inhabitable. “In the past 50 years we have been building the suburbs with a lot of unintended consequences” She says. She goes on to continue that she believed the next 50 years we will …

New Heden: The City Made of Green Roofs


New Heden is a recent project that takes a vacant lot in Sweden and transforms it into a mixed-use, sustainable city. This project, by Kjellgren Kaminsky Architects, is in a way creating a city inside of a city. This underutilized site was once a paved parking lot and football fields but the redesign will have apartments, parks, and shops.

Pictures of Shanghai’s noticeable development over the past 2 decades


Shanghai has gone through a tremendous development over the last 2 decades. There have been several other cities that have changed dramatically over the years, Berlin and Dubai being the ones that I can think of off the top of my head, but Shanghai is a little different. Berlin has changed dramatically to rebuild what was destroyed during World War II and Dubai has misused its wealth to create a city that will never live up to what it wants.

Study Shows a Clear Relationship Between Health and Where You Live


A new report finds that people who live in sprawling suburbs walk less for exercise and, as a result, weigh more and have higher blood pressure than those in more densely populated areas. The findings suggest community …

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