The monstrosity next door

February 18, 2008,AEST

The City Council is considering a proposed ordinance that would curtail “mansionization.” If the measure passes, the maximum allowable size of a house on many residential lots would drop from about 7,000 square feet (excluding garage) to about 3,000. The | Read More

Hands off Greenbelt, urban planner says

February 16, 2008,AEST

Ottawa needs to redevelop to improve the lives of city residents but growth should not be in the Greenbelt, says Larry Beasley, one of Canada’s top urban planners and a senior adviser to the National Capital Commission. The chairman of | Read More

Boston, Cambridge recognized as green cities

February 16, 2008,AEST

Two Massachusetts cities made the top 10 list in the March issue of Popular Science’s 50 most innovative cities in the U.S. Boston was ranked third — behind San Francisco and Portland, Ore. — and Cambridge sixth on the list | Read More

ULI Asks: ‘Can Stand-Alone Malls Survive?’

February 16, 2008,AEST

The stand-alone mall isn’t dead. It’s just dysfunctional. That was one of the sentiments expressed at an Urban Land Institute panel that tackled the question, “Can stand-alone malls survive?” The question was posed Thursday, during ULI’s annual Reinventing Retail conference | Read More

MoMA and P.S.1 Announce Young Architect Winner

February 16, 2008,AEST

The Museum of Modern Art and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center announced the winner of the ninth annual MoMA/P.S.1 Young Architects Program: WORK Architecture Company from New York. This year, five finalists selected by a closed nomination process were asked to | Read More

A Landscape in Winter, Dying Heroically

February 1, 2008,AEST

ON a cold January afternoon in this tiny village near the German border, the garden designer Piet Oudolf put on a heavy coat and led the way out of the 1850s farmhouse he shares with his wife, Anja, and into | Read More

Seaside the good the bad the ugly of New Urbanism

February 1, 2008,AEST

Seaside, Fla. might have been the backdrop town of Seahaven in the Oscar-nominated film “The Truman Show”, but some of the problems developers faced while creating the new-urbanist beachside community were anything but picturesque. The Urban Land Institute heard about | Read More

Managing Traffic in the Urban Age

January 31, 2008,AEST

The human species is, at this moment, in the process of becoming a mainly urban animal after a thousand generations spent mainly in rural conditions. Many economists and sociologists see this trend as our potential salvation in a world heading | Read More

Canadian architecture revival in Toronto

January 31, 2008,AEST

Canadian architecture, especially in Toronto, is undergoing a revival of sorts. Whether the projects are heralded or panned, the Michael-Lee Chin Crystal at the Royal Ontario Museum, the colourful box-on-stilts (the Sharp Centre for Design) at the Ontario College of | Read More

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