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2013-10-23 08:26:09

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning released today new research that explores the evolution of the urban planning and design of public places toward a process called "placemaking." Placemaking is an innovative approach to transforming communities by creating and revitalizing open, public spaces around the needs and desires of the community. The research reveals that placemaking is relevant and powerful in enhancing quality of life...

2013-09-24 23:35:34

UMBC’s Graduate Programs in Geographic Information Systems invites the community to attend a webinar presented by Ron Wilson from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development—“Using Near Repeat Analysis for Measuring Urban and Housing Problems: Two Examples to Address Government-related Problems.” Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) September 24, 2013 UMBC’s Geographic Information Systems Graduate Program will hold a webinar on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. ET....

2013-08-20 08:32:43

The sustainable design model achieves higher densities without the use of concrete NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Aug. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Newman Garrison + Partners (NG+P), an architectural firm with 28 years of experience based in Newport Beach, Calif., has developed a lower-cost sustainable concept designed for smaller urban sites in the two to four acre range. New Block(TM), which is awaiting patent approval from the United States Patent Office, creates the potential for value in...

2013-08-01 23:28:39

CyberCity 3D is partnering with the Capital Area Texas Sustainability Consortium using a HUD grant to generate 3D building models of Central Texas for use in Esri CityEngine to assist the Central Texas region in planning its future growth. Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) August 01, 2013 CyberCity 3D, Inc.™ a leader in geospatial modeling and emerging urban design data, has started production of 3D urban content of the University of Texas at Austin campus and selected cities throughout the...

2013-06-17 16:21:19

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A "mutual gains" approach based on consensus-building promises to help resolve increasingly contentious land use disputes, according to new practical guide published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Political polarization, redevelopment proposals, and tensions over property rights in the wake of intense storms such as Hurricane Sandy have complicated the role of more than 25,000 local and regional governments, say Sean Nolon,...

Urban Green Spaces Provide Boost To Mental Health
2013-04-22 10:05:44

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As cities demolish vacant buildings in an effort to combat blight, many people are embracing these new green spaces, and some groups are even converting them into lush community gardens. Now, a new study from British researchers at the University of Exeter´s Medical School suggests that people living in urban areas with nearby green spaces have better mental health and an improved overall sense of well-being compared to urbanites...

2013-04-16 16:21:26

NEW YORK, April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- urban greenwalk, a newly-established non-profit launches its first annual greenwalk, a ten-day initiative taking place on the retail corridor of Bleecker Street between Bank and Charles Streets. urban greenwalk will bring together leading West Village retailers to educate New Yorkers on how to live greener lives, uniting the fashion and eco communities. The program will kick off on Friday, April 19(th) at 10 am, with a green ribbon cutting at Magnolia...

2013-04-07 23:02:46

New book "Dynamic Urban Design" details community-based model for resilient cities, suburbs Vancouver, British Columbia (PRWEB) April 08, 2013 How do we do more with less and still create quality, sustainable cities? In the new book Dynamic Urban Design: A Handbook for Creating Sustainable Communities Worldwide, author Michael von Hausen shares his theories and knowledge regarding sustainable land development based on his over 30 years practicing and teaching in the field. Combining...

2013-03-26 10:54:12

Contrary to convention, vegetation, when well-maintained, can lower the rates of certain types of crime, such as aggravated assault, robbery and burglary, in cities, according to a Temple University study, "Does vegetation encourage or suppress urban crime? Evidence from Philadelphia, PA," published in the journal, Landscape and Urban Planning. "There is a longstanding principle, particularly in urban planning, that you don't want a high level of vegetation, because it abets crime by...

2013-03-04 10:32:45

Concordia researchers develop new tool to promote better environmental compliance of construction Construction in Montreal is under a microscope. Now more than ever, municipal builders need to comply with long-term urban planning goals. The difficulties surrounding massive projects like the Turcot interchange lead Montrealers to wonder if construction in this city is headed in the right direction. New research from Concordia University gives us hope that this could soon be the case if...