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SITU Research teams with Amnesty International for video primer on tear gas

SITU Research, one of three distinct divisions of Brooklyn-based architecture practice SITU along with SITU Studio and SITU Fabrication, has released Choking Dissent: How Tear Gas is Used to Crush Protests, an illuminating—and sobering—video analysis exploring how exactly this “less lethal” chemical weapon works and, perhaps more critically considering current events, how it is grossly […]

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Letters to the editor: Thoughts from the ground

I have been asked, even as early as Tuesday [May 26], to write a statement/reaction regarding the brutal and inhumane murder of George Floyd on May 25. I was, and still am, at a loss—disbelief, numb, angry, overwhelmed, and grieving. I could not watch the video; it was all around me (again). I look at […]

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NBBJ reveals master plan for sprawling ‘Net City’ in Shenzhen

A master plan conceived by Seattle-headquartered global architecture firm NBBJ—no stranger to taking on transformative projects for online tech giants—for a massive “Net City” district in Shenzhen, China, has been revealed by Chinese internet behemoth Tencent. NBBJ had previously completed Tencent’s headquarters, a sky bridge-linked high-rise “vertical campus” complex in 2018, also in Shenzhen. As […]

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Sadiq Kahn forms commission to ensure public landmarks represent London’s diversity

As weathered statues and murals that memorialize long-dead American bigots and horse-straddling Confederate leaders continue to come down in cities across the country, London Mayor Sadiq Kahn has announced an initiative that takes a closer, more considerate look at the public landmarks that grace the squares and streets of his city. In recent days, London, […]

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Dallas’s first climate action plan is ambitiously broad

On Wednesday night, the Dallas City Council unanimously approved the city’s Comprehensive Environmental and Climate Action Plan (CECAP), a roadmap to making the city carbon neutral by 2050 and safeguarding against the effects of climate change. The first version of CECAP was released on April 22, 2020, to coincide with the 50th Earth Day. The […]

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Five new cities join Reimagining the Civic Commons initiative

The list of American cities seeking to boost social, economic, goals through strategic, philanthropy-assisted investments in public spaces—parks, trails, revitalized downtown cores, and on—just got a little bit longer. “Designed to demonstrate how strategic investments in our civic assets can advance engagement, equity, environmental sustainability, and economic development in cities and neighborhoods,” the Reimagining the […]

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Chicago introduces highly anticipated ADU ordinance

Following months of anticipation and a well-publicized push from the Chicago arm of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and her administration have introduced an ordinance that would reverse the ban on, and streamline the permitting of, coach houses and other types of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) that already exist or could be […]

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Relief fund launched for NYC parks after dire status report

Only two days after an alliance of New York City park– and open-space-oriented nonprofits released a report sounding the alarm over the coronavirus-related budget cuts and private donation dips, the NYC Green Relief & Recovery Fund has launched to help fill in the gaps. Parks in New York City soak up stormwater, provide much-needed green […]

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A hidden victim of the coronavirus pandemic? NYC’s parks

In an unsurprising turn of events, new research released today from a coalition of New York City parks nonprofits has revealed that the coronavirus pandemic is having a severe impact on the city’s green spaces. An alliance of 25 nonprofits are officially partnered with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to help […]

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Sidewalk Labs pulls the plug on its Toronto waterfront smart city

Citing “unprecedented economic uncertainty,” Daniel L. Doctoroff, chief executive of urban innovation startup and Alphabet subsidiary Sidewalk Labs, announced today that plans to move forward with the highly contentious Quayside redevelopment project on the Toronto waterfront have been nixed. Extending his gratitude to development partner Waterfront Toronto and the “countless Torontonians” who contributed to the project, […]

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Hancock Park may become Los Angeles’s first true urban microcosm

“Tip the world over on its side,” Frank Lloyd Wright once quipped, “and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.” As a fresh L.A. transplant in the early 1920s, Wright clearly had trouble finding his bearings, yet nearly a century on, his testimony remains remarkably apt: To the uninitiated, the “fabric” of Los Angeles’s cityscape […]

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