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San Francisco To Help Citizens Create “Better Streets”

  One of Jane Jacobs’ most valuable contributions to the understanding of cities was her faith in the wisdom of the urban dweller. She argued that the physical city—and any approach to city planning—could not be separated from the wisdom of each individual inhabitant, “People who know well such animated city streets will know how […]

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Public Art, If It Holds Up

If all the world is a stage, according to Shakespeare, all the city is a kunsthalle in the eyes of the New York City Department of Transportation. Bogardus Plaza, a tiny pedestrian plaza carved out of a little-used block of Hudson Street in Lower Manhattan and named for architect James Bogardus, the inventor of the cast-iron […]

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The pandemic changed everything—or so we thought

The following text was drafted in response to the initial prompt in AN’s “Post-Pandemic Potentials” series. A subsequent response by Phil Bernstein will follow next week. Read more about the series here. Barely a few weeks ago, while self-isolating in London during the grimmest, darkest day of the pandemic, I was among the many who […]

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MVRDV, Snøhetta among shortlisted firms for 16 Tech bridge in Indianapolis

Six finalists have been announced in the bid to design a 350-foot-long multi-modal bridge to accommodate pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles while serving as an “architectural centerpiece” of the 16 Tech Innovation District, a 50-acre mixed-use development currently underway on the edge of downtown Indianapolis. Per a press statement released by 16 Tech, the firms were […]

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Architecture and design organizations speak out as protests over racial injustice continue

Earlier this week, AN published a mission-redefining statement written by Kimberly Dowdell, president of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man who was killed in public view at the hands of members of the Minneapolis Police Department on May 25. “As architects, […]

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Open Streets Initiative will aid cities in optimizing coronavirus street closures

Oakland is doing it. Philadelphia is doing it. Minneapolis is doing it. Denver is doing it. Milan is doing it. Boston and neighboring cities are doing it. And now—after one aborted attempt and a whole lot of handwringing from City Hall—New York City is doing it, too. With summer just around the corner and cooped-up […]

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Fifteen architects and designers will advise design of Rikers Replacement jails

In October 2019, the City Council approved a controversial Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) application for the $8.7 billion plan to construct four new smaller jails to replace the Rikers Island complex. Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx would each get a community jail building that the reformists and their supporters in the Mayor’s […]

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Is Trump holding up NYC congestion pricing and Second Avenue Subway funding?

Congestion pricing is at the traffic-alleviating heart of a $51.5 billion funding strategy developed by New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) to raise funds for upgrades and repairs that will help resuscitate the agency’s flailing, failing New York City Subway system. But the plan, which would provide the MTA with $15 billion in bond sales […]

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