Urban Planning

Creeping Systemization

Broadway and 38th Street, cut open for construction of the BMT Broadway line. Note the collection of pipes and conduits. This New York Times article on the condition of our streets and our under-street infrastructure, Why Are New York’s Streets Always Under Construction?, is a good basic explanation of the topic. There’s an interesting sidelight …

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Changing A Landmark For Efficiency

There’s a proposal floating around to expand the walkway of the Brooklyn Bridge. In short: not enough width, too many pedestrians, and too many bicyclists. No one is at fault but one of the nicest walks in the city has been diminished by crowding. The basic idea is pretty simple: build more walkway on top …

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Students and Wood

The Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA) has been sitting empty for almost fifty years since the old buildings were demolished. The latest scheme is the kind of large-scale development that we’ve seen a lot of in the city in recent years. The Timber in the City Competition had students competing to do something more …

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For The Weekend: Redesign New York’s Subway

There’s an online game called Brand New Subway that allows you to modify the subway system however you want and then grades you on your personalized system. It would therefore be a bad idea to create a station just to serve your house, unless you lived someplace that otherwise needs a station. My first attempt, …

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