Category Archives: Urbanism

The Distillery: November 17, 2017

With the US’s move to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, the role of the federal government is even further diminished and local governments are filling the void. Continue reading

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The Distillery: September 18, 2017

Places from Paris to India to China, and manufacturers from Volvo to Jaguar are phasing out fossil fuel-powered engines. Continue reading

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Will the Solutions Come from Cities?

Never mind national governments. The answers are coming from the bottom up. Continue reading

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E-bikes in NYC: How Not to Solve a Problem

E-bikes are a great means of urban transportation. Banning them in NYC is short-sighted. Continue reading

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Cities, Community and Sustainable Development

The rapid urbanization of the population is, in many ways, an environmentally positive event. Too often left out, however, is the question of what life in these cities is or will be like. Continue reading

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Before you can make a community resilient, you have to have a community

Increasingly, it seems the path to resiliency is from the bottom up, meaning from individuals and communities. This means we need a re-envisioning of design, both urban and suburban, with an eye toward fostering community. Continue reading

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Density Part 3: Kenneth Jackson’s “Future” of New York

Buried in Jackson’s idea of the future of NYC are two huge and, I believe, mistaken assumptions. Continue reading

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Density Part 2: Height vs Delight

Does urban density and vitality mean high-rises? Continue reading

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Density: It’s Not the Sky that’s the Limit

Neither density nor height is the best environmental goal for human dwelling. What is? Continue reading

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The Nature of Nature

Are the things we build – the “modifications” to “physical geography” as one of the first ecologists put it in 1864 – unnatural? Does the fact that they are built by people automatically mean they are not a part of nature? Continue reading

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