Urban and Civic

The Starling Crossing is designed to reshape streets by responding in real time to pedestrian movements.

Several high-profile, billionaire-backed public spaces are on the outs.

The City of Thunder Bay is inviting citizens to help plan and design new wayfinding street signs and maps for walkers and cyclists.

 

Brand identity firm Matchstic has worked with Atlanta's Department of City Planning to redesign its branding and create new zoning signs around the city.

Idaho Falls Signage (image courtesy of City of Idaho Falls)

The city of Idaho Falls’ wayfinding project started in 2013 with an idea for better signs at the Idaho Falls Zoo. Since then, the program has expanded to include monuments, a network of signs near key trails and roadways as well as a thorough city rebranding.

The installation celebrates the 70th anniversary of Vestre, a Norwegian family-driven furniture manufacturer known for its colorful, high-quality and long-lasting designs.

Now researchers at MIT have designed a smart city system that leverages the windshield tags used to smooth drivers’ passage onto toll roads and bridges. 

For more than a decade, 1010 has been painting colorful cave-like illusions that make flat surfaces appear as if they have been breached by holes go on forever. 

A clever new traffic implementation in Britain has many hopeful that neighborhood streets will be able to to get all the benefits of speed bumps without the jarring disruptions they create.

Cloud Gehshan Spring Garden

A busy transit hub entrance in an underpass on Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia receives a dramatic and illuminating makeover courtesy of NV5, Cloud Gehshan and The Lighting Practice.

Developed in Germany, the CityTree is a mobile structure that incorporates mosses and urban furniture to create a possible solution to the polluted air of urban centers.

30 Urban Linear Parks Projects Since 2000

Look no further than Paris' Promenade plantée, which was completed in 1993, to see where the trend of converting obsolete railways into beautiful urban green spaces originated. The real urban renewal linear park boom, however, happened in this century.

Valentin Spiess, iart ag

Valentin Spiess is Chairman, CEO, and Member of the Executive Board of iart ag, which offers various services that range from expert consulting, conception, planning and development to the successful realisation and smooth operation of your project.

Creating 3D maps of all city streetscapes is paramount to the future of self-driving cars. While we’re at it, can it also be helpful for cities?

The High Line Network, a new forum for cities around the world, isn’t about cloning the park. It’s about helping other cities avoid some of its negative effects.

Who will own the smart city?

By now you’ve probably seen those silver, black and blue monoliths on the streets of Manhattan. Looking like giant cell phones, they’re part of LinkNYC,the communication network CityBridge has installed in New York City as a replacement for 7,500 pay phones. These 10,000 electronic slabs are also something else: an early and somewhat faltering step on the road to the Smart City, dressed up now as a new class of street fixture.

As in previous years, the event was launched with a mesmerizing video projection mapped onto the sails of Sydney's iconic O pera House.

Mari Frith President and Owner, MFA, Orlando Florida

Mari Haeflein Frith, RID, LEED AP®, AIA Assoc., is President of Mari Frith Associates Inc., a woman-owned interior and environmental graphic design firm founded in 1995 in Orlando, Florida.  Ms. Frith is a NCIDQ certified Interior Designer, licensed and registered in the State of Florida and holds multiple certificates of Women’s Business Enterprise. With over 30 years of experience in civic, commercial, healthcare, transportation, and government work, she has a diverse portfolio of award-winning projects.

Future Systems Trueform Engineering

Future Systems is a design manufacture of bespoke street furniture for municipalities and transportation authorities around the world.

Our North American success organically developed from the global accomplishment of its parent company Trueform Engineering Ltd. who was established in 1977 as a sheet metal fabrication company. Since this time, Trueform has evolved into an SME Company, employing more than 250 employees throughout the UK, middle east and North America.

Rick Smits, Senior Designer at fd2s, Austin, Texas

Rick Smits is a senior designer at fd2s in Austin, Texas. He has been with the firm for 9 years working on healthcare, civic, retail, corporate and donor recognition projects.

Rick Smits earned his Bachelor of Arts (graphic Design) degree from Columbia College Chicago.

Before joining fd2s Rick Smits worked for Comcorp/Plancom and Epstein / neXt wayfinding + design in Chicago.

Arthouse Denver helped to revitalize the downtown 14th Street area.

A complicated stakeholder group and a cadre of firms, including Arthouse Design, linked together in Denver to transform the 14th Street corridor from a dingy commuter raceway to a vibrant business district.

Cheri Devlin, Design Director, Selbert Perkins, Los Angeles

Cheri Devlin is a Design Director at Selbert Perkins in Los Angeles. She joined Selbert Perkins in 2013 coming from AECOM where she worked for six years. Cheri Devlin has also worked at Romero Thorsen Design Inc, RTKL and The Jerde Partnership.

Cheri Devlin earned her Masters in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and her Bachelors in Architecture from Lehigh University.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority was infamous for bulldozing neighborhoods and displacing residents. Now, it’s using human-centered design thinking to shake that reputation.

 

 

Pike & Rose is a mixed-use neighborhood North Bethesda, Maryland. It will occupy over 32 acres when complete, with buildings ranging up to 20 stories. It’s approximately $1.5 billion in new construction and replaces an old strip shopping center with huge parking lots, a great exercise in East coast density and reuse.

Pioneer Square is home to stark contrasts. Art galleries, boutique restaurants, high-end housing and blossoming tech startups within historic buildings are contrasted by homelessness, development limitations, a hub of mental health facilities and lack of urban-enhancing amenities. Many empty or under-utilized properties await future change, and the Map the Square team (the Young Architects Forum of Seattle AIA) sought to influence this design change by inviting the public voice.

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