Archives for January 2014

A growing field

Courtesy of Food systems as part of our urban environments are nothing new. It is only in the last 100 or so years of city habitation that we’ve moved many parts of the process out of our cities and sterilized it such that children grow up not understanding that milk comes from cows, or […]

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An evening with Jan Gehl

Last night at London’s Hackney Empire Theater, 1,100 people and I attended a screening of the film, The Human Scale. The film focuses largely on the work of Danish architect Jan Gehl (Yan Gale) and his firm, Gehl Architects. The premise of the film and Gehl’s work over the past 50 years is that modern […]

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Once and future creeks

Westerly Creek was restored from a runway in the Stapleton Airport redevelopment, Denver. Copyright AECOM photo by David Lloyd. No matter what city you live in, there is a good chance that there is a buried creek right below your feet. Many people do not know that there was once a creek flowing near their […]

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What women want

Copyright AECOM photo by David Lloyd Last week my colleague sold her bike. She said if there was infrastructure where she lives — like the floating suspension bridge in Eindhoven, Netherlands, or the proposed SkyCycle above London’s rail lines — she’d cycle. Until then she said, “our roads are too dangerous for women.” It’s not just here in […]

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What is a “global city”?

Photo by Erika Matthias. Last month, just a few minutes into a conversation with Gary Lawrence, AECOM’s chief sustainability officer, we ran up against a barrier that is all too common an obstacle for those of us trying to communicate ideas and opinions about the notion of sustainability. We were both talking about global cities […]

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Organisms, not mechanisms

Kunshan Civic Plaza, China. Copyright AECOM, photo by Dixi Carrillo. Alastair Leighton, an associate director of AECOM’s Design + Planning practice in Fortitude Valley, Australia, points out that “We break urban complexity down into manageable component parts, with transport networks managed by transport specialists as just one example, but we sometimes forget to reintegrate these […]

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