News & Opinion

All news and opinion articles in chronological order with the most recent first.
Better! Cities & Towns
Urban Design Associates has led the re-shaping of the charrette model to not only project the reactivation of neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces, but to be part of the reactivation.
Thu, Oct 23rd 2014 9:57pm
Better! Cities & Towns
The Michigan Municipal League (MML) has published a follow-up book to its 2011 The Economics of Place. The new book is focused on implementation.
Tue, Oct 21st 2014 4:50pm
Better! Cities & Towns
The Maine chapter of CNU, GrowSmart Maine, the Maine Municipal Association, and the Maine Real Estate & Development Association will host a Build Maine conference November 5-6 in Lewiston. 
Tue, Oct 21st 2014 2:02pm
Mark Hinshaw, Better Cities & Towns
The allure of suburbia as the home of corporate headquarters is over. Like Weyerhaeuser, companies are coming back to the city.
Tue, Oct 21st 2014 1:13pm
Better! Cities & Towns
Talented young adults are continuing to choose urban cores, fueling economic growth and urban revitalization, according to a report. 
Mon, Oct 20th 2014 10:33am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
I was most struck by Mahogany Bay Village's street, which is packed dirt and sand lined by small buildings. This is the essence of Lean Urbanism.
Fri, Oct 17th 2014 12:03pm
Steve Mouzon, Better! Cities & Towns
The Rum & Bean is doing what all the experts consider impossible: it’s a business in a new neighborhood that hasn’t yet closed on a single house, yet it’s already turning a positive cash flow.
Fri, Oct 17th 2014 9:52am
Better! Cities & Towns
The second annual New Urbanism Film Festival will take place on November 6-9 at the ACME Theater in Los Angeles. 
Thu, Oct 16th 2014 4:05pm
Better! Cities & Towns
A cartoon by Dhiru Thadani points out the potential of form-based codes to preserve open space, which is sometimes overlooked. 
Thu, Oct 16th 2014 1:17pm
Better! Cities & Towns
Co-sponsored by the Remaking Cities Institute of the School of Architecture of Carnegie Mellon Univ. and the Heinz Architectual Ctr. of the Carnegie Museum of Art. The lecture series is underwritten by UDA in honor of Mr. Lewis, founder of the firm and Emeritus Distinguished Univ. Professor at Carnegie Mellon. For more, click here:
Sat, Oct 11th 2014 11:53pm

Recent books + reviews

Better parking lot design: Is it enough?

Rethinking A Lot: The Design and Culture of Parking, by Eran Ben-Joseph, MIT Press, 2012, 157 pages, $24.95

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Walkable City

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Sustainable Urbanism and Beyond

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Design After Decline

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The Economics of Place

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The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City

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Live-Work Planning and Design: Zero-Commute Housing

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