Some say China's horizontal skyscrapers could usher in an era of 3D zoning. Dead golf courses present an opportunity to build more housing. The challenge of moving people up, down, and across thriving central business districts.
Is the horizontal skyscraper part the future? Plans for a new skyscraper with horizontal segments in the Chinese Megacity of Chongquing have sparked discussion about whether its a good idea to have a separate level of city in the sky, from an equity perspective. Architect Moshe Safdie believe this project and others like it will bring a new era of 3D zoning. (Helen Roxburgh/The Guardian)
Turn dead golf courses into housing: As the popularity of golf wanes, some want to turn underused courses into housing. Unless the golf industry experiences a revival, there will be a lot of empty greens across the country. The way jurisdictions use that land could reshape suburbs across the country. (Nolan Gray/CityLab)
Moving people around business districts: As downtowns and major employment districts become more compact, governments are looking for more ways to move people using existing infrastructure. This means thinking more about how elevators, escalators, and moving walkways in compact subway stations can move the masses of people that frequent them during rush hour. (Andrea Connor and Donald McNeill/The Conversation)
Step away from the shiny object of innovation: Governments and their watchdogs are always looking for the next best thing to solve big problems or save money. A lot of times, that might be a big project or spending program that acts like a “shiny object,” luring decision-makers into a false sense of accomplishment. However, as Anchorage Alaska learned, often the unglamorous and simple fix is one that makes the difference. (Sara Hudson/Fast Company)
Can removing highways help undo a legacy of segregation?: Highways were often used to destroy black neighborhoods and implement racial segregation in the 60s and 70s under the guise of “urban renewal”. Some say tearing down Syracuse's Interstate 81 presents an opportunity to rebuild the city in a way that can help undo this legacy. (Angie Schmitt/Streetsblog USA)
Quote of the Week
“If settlements are not mapped, they don't exist in the eyes of the state. Worse, the people who live in the low-quality, self-built housing I detected at the periphery tend to be more marginalized already: often lower-income residents and migrants to the city.”
— Annette Kim talking about how city planning departments need to be careful in how they use aerial photography in The Atlantic.