An urbanist abroad discovers that Tokyo faces many of the same challenges as U.S. cities—off-street parking, pedestrian safety, utilizing space, etc.—but is addressing them in very different ways.
We all know the pitfalls of master-planned communities, right? Sterile. Homogenous. Certainly not adaptable or resilient over time. Is there a way around it? Maybe, if this fascinating case study from Germany has anything to teach us. And it all starts with one word: Baugruppen.
The United States isn’t France, but there are still plenty of lessons to be learned—and myths to be busted—by looking at the way their streets are designed to build wealth.
Can a master-planned community be consistent with Strong Towns principles of iterative, bottom-up placemaking? We take a tour of Serenbe, Georgia, an experiment in New Urbanism and eco-conscious living on the far outskirts of Atlanta.
Our immediate reactions to a place are often deeply rooted in human psychology—including the biological preference for “edges.” Here’s a city that’s done that well. Has yours?
Our preference for the incremental, iterative, and bottom-up is well-known. But does that mean there is no room for big dreams and master plans?
An interview with Steve Nygren, developer of Serenbe, Georgia, about how Serenbe is unlike conventional suburbia, and why Nygren thinks it holds lessons for how all of our communities could achieve a better way of life at a lower cost.
Paul Fast, the principal architect at HCMA (a Canadian architecture and design firm), discusses its "More Awesome Now" project and how you can revive neglected alleyways in your own neighborhood, including how to assess the needs of the neighborhood, how to measure the success of the project, and how to consider all members of the community in its design.
American Alleyways Series
Overlooked and neglected for too long, it’s time to rediscover the strength-building potential of the American alley.
Looking at the history of the alley reveals not only why they were once so useful, but why they are underutilized in many cities today.
Let’s look at how alleys fell out of favor in the American development pattern, and how this relates to zoning codes and ADUs.
There is a human scale that has been forgotten here in America. Here’s how we might be able to reintegrate it into our cities.
If your city has alleys, chances are they aren’t generating the kind of wealth and productivity they should. This new, free e-book can help change that.
Thomas Dougherty sees tremendous potential in alleys.