As 2015 comes to an end, there are a number of terms that should go with it. City Lab has compiled a list of terms that belong in the archives. We at CoT agree with most of the choices, but some, like “millennial” and “sharing economy” need adequate replacement(s) before they are relegated to the dustbin. Are there any terms or myths you’d like to see retired this year?
Powered by demographic shifts coupled with a renewed interest in urban amenities, as well as transit, walking and biking, downtown cores have seen a major resurgence in recent years. And companies are taking notice. Through this shift, cities have learned many lessons. Now, Smart Growth America has distilled them into seven steps for downtown redevelopment. The full report, a valuable resource for cities, planners and councils looking to catch up, is available here.
At CoT, we’ve previously written about the health benefits of urban greenery, but could beautiful architecture have a similar effect? Researchers from the University of Warwick recently completed a study suggesting an attractive perspective, be it built or natural, has positive health effects. Strikingly, the crowdsourced results showed that photos garnering the best response often focused on built form, rather than nature. High quality citymaking, just what the doctor ordered?
Social events abound during the holidays, but they also afford the chance to catch up with a good book. With so many good citymaking books out there, how can you choose the right one? Thankfully, Vancouver’s former Chief Planner, Brent Toderian, has compiled a list of his 100 favourite citymaking books. Compare notes and join the conversation!
For the first time ever, the prestigious Turner Prize has been awarded to non-artists. Assemble Collective was bestowed with the honour for their grassroots work to regenerate Granby Four Streets, a blighted area in Liverpool, together with residents. Their long-term vision for the district? A self-made neighborhood that’s welcoming, artistic, multicultural and architecturally rich, as well as the greenest quarter in the city. When done well, city making can be an art, after all.
As drones move from a rare novelty to ubiquitous tool, questions about their role in cities have steadily increased. While many concerns persist, according to New York magazine, the proliferation of drones could also help solve many challenges cities face today. Car-free delivery, infrastructure analysis and disaster relief or noise, chaos and crashes? The urban impact of drones could be widespread. The big question is whether they will be a good thing for cities.
While the holiday season is now in full swing, many citymakers are working furiously to finish projects by years-end. This can contribute to the stress of finding the perfect gifts for children. Thankfully, the jolly elves at Planetizen have a compiled a list of the perfect gifts for young citymakers. One less thing to worry about over the holidays!