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A median in a road slopes to contain native grasses and other plants as part of the bioswale design

Urban Water Management and Bioswale Design

Floods are increasing in the United States. It is the most common natural hazard, and creates the greatest economic and social impact. Changes in climate and in ecosystems are creating the conditions that lead to the disaster and are forcing cities to become more flood resilient. A report from the

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Stages of Rust

As a material that satisfies tough, industrial requirements and offers appealing aesthetics, metal is used for products everywhere. Metals boast resilience and strength in heavy-duty applications and hardscape supplies. In infrastructure, metal can be styled in versatile ways to blend in with both the traditional and contemporary. When high-quality new

A view of Vancouver’s Coal Harbour shows towers of residences above a tree-lined seawall

The Case for Placemaking

The old adage says, “there are only three things that matter in real estate: location, location, location.” Of course, a home must be right-sized, comfortable, and well-built to be desirable. Yet if the location is poor, even the nicest business or residence may pique little interest. People often give up

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The History of Universal Design

Cities can be difficult places to navigate. The density of people, objects, and information is very high; surfaces are hard; roads are full of fast-moving traffic. People climb stairs and weave around obstacles to get to their destinations. Having a disability increases the challenges presented by a city. Important information

A shot of people walking over cobblestones with trench grating is overlaid on a nighttime aerial shot of Paris.

Hardscape in Urban Settings

In cities, concrete, tempered glass, and steel dominate the street. Since the Industrial Revolution, these have been the materials of the urban environment. The mechanical properties and structural stability they provide make our current streetscapes possible. Tall buildings, underground utilities, and transportation networks have evolved through their strength. Yet these

Composite picture: two young urban planners stand before a drawn city map with icons of cost and traffic management

12 Twitter Accounts for Urban Planners

Dipping into Twitter for professional reasons can be a challenge. On one hand, Twitter has a reputation as a dynamic resource, where ideas and events can be shared easily, and conversations happen between people who would otherwise never meet. On the other hand, comment threads can often give way to

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Where Design Professionals find Inspiration

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask how creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize

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Salaries & Prospects: Landscape Architects, Architects, & Urban Planners

To those outside the field, the overlapping job descriptions of architects, designers, and planners can be confusing. These creative professionals share many concerns: client and site needs, available resources, user experience, environmental impact, and engineering considerations. They are all demanding careers that require vision and inspiration be balanced with pragmatic,

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Seasonal Placemaking Projects

Placemaking is the art of creating public spaces that draw and sustain community life. In the 1970s, the term was coined to describe a movement in urban planning that prioritized engaged neighborhoods. When people engage with each other and the environment at street level, there is a vitality and personality