Mr. Mayor, tear down this wall! (in colour)

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Vancouver planners and engineers have come up with a compelling plan for removing the Georgia and Dunsmuir  Viaducts. If realized, this plan will replace an underused fragment of freeway infrastructure with neighbourhoods, parks, and one grand boulevard. Take a look at their gorgeous presentation, above. Whoever produced it should at least get the prize just for their sexy PowerPointing: Interestingly, the team starts by making an economic case: that the… Continue reading

Meet the Straphanger tonight in Vancouver

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Taras Grescoe is a self-proclaimed straphanger:  He adores public transit so much, he spent the last couple of years riding systems around the world, from Bogota to Moscow. The resulting book–titled Straphanger, of course–is equal parts travelogue and manifesto. For Grescoe, the public bus is no Loser Cruiser. He argues that if we change the way we move around our cities, we can not only save the world, but produce… Continue reading

Evolution, brain science and urban activism: vignettes from the BGLab

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The lessons from our three months of experimentation and learning at the BGLab in NYC are still percolating. I’ve been too consumed with book revisions and presentations (including the keynote at this year’s ASLA convention–a fairly messy writeup of which is to collect my thoughts. Although our workshops and experiments have not hit Youtube yet, I see a few gems on Youtube. Here are a few: Love Night: We created… Continue reading

Experimenting with the emotional city in NYC

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The city is a behavioral system. It alters how we feel, how we see each other, and how we act. This would be a terrible thought if it were not for a second truth, which is that the city is malleable. We can change it whenever we wish. These are the ideas at the heart of the Happy City project. Between Sept 28 and Oct 16, I will test them… Continue reading

Experiment launches today: join us in NYC

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After months of effort by a cast of dozens, The BMW Guggenheim Lab has  opened in NYC. Now that we’ve christened the space with a first-class shindig (observed critically here)the lab team will spend the next three months conducting experiments, playing games, exploring unseen systems, fighting and confronting ideas of comfort in the city. (Urban Omnibus features in-depth interviews with the team members, describing what we’re up to.) The lab is the… Continue reading