Urbanism – trying to balance wants & needs

Kaid Benfield in his recent post for Switchboard asks “How much Urbanism is enough?”. What is the right balance of walkability and nature? What is your a person who need to retreat from the urban environment? How do we balance transit with driving cars solo?  Kaid looks at various challenges we face in creating cities which create a walkable, green city.

Read more at [Switchboard]

Pushing for changes to Mixed Use Development funding

The National Association of Home Builders in the USA has been enlisted by the Congress of New Urbanists to push Freddie and Fannie to change their lending standards to allow more funding for mixed-use development and raise the cap on commercial from 20% to 45%.

Read more at [Streetsblog]

Part of New York’s industrial past lost

Recently the NYC Parks Department dismantled Pier D on the Hudson Riverfront near the Riverside Park. Removed by the Parks Department as it was slowly disintegrating into the River and once it had fallen into the river would be ‘causing a hazard to navigation’.  The piers were part of the industrial past that once the Hudson River and Riverfront played in New York’s history and surely could have been allowed to slowly fall into the river and be a future dive site for recreational divers.

Read more at the New York Times – Remnants of an Industrial Past, Now Gone

New Orleans Urban Farm hits red tape

The Viet Village Urban Farm is an integral part of  the rebuilding the community in New Orleans but has hit red tape. The CDC purchased land for the Urban Farm but the land has been disignated by the Army Corp to be ‘jurisdictional’ wetlands which would require the CDC to purchase over $300,000 in environmental credits. They are now looking at other options for the planned Urban Farm that requires $5-6million for Phase I and II.

Read more about the Viet Village Urban Farm at NOLA.com

Snøhetta introducing new ways of working to an American architecture

Snøhetta, a Norwegian an integrated landscape, architecture and interior firm based in Oslo and a smaller office in New York. The New York Office is featured in a Metropolis Magazine article by Belinda Lanks who looks at the egalitarian approach of Snøhetta and how it is working in the American market. Snøhetta offices are not just about open plan and different teams hot-desking, it is also creating a culture that is transparent, diverse and includes cross-discipline teams.  Lanks looks also into bonuses, pay scale and how hard it is for Snøhetta to maintain the culture as the firm grows.

Read more about Snøhetta at [Metropolis Magazine]

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