Issue 534 June 2014
The Urbanist Issue: 534

Designing at Ground Level

An emphasis on human scale — and on creating a great ground floor — are essential to good urbanism.
In a good urban neighborhood, the ground floors of buildings work symbiotically with the surrounding sidewalks and public spaces. Together they provide a continuous network of pathways and experiences that are active, safe, comfortable and engaging. So how do we get there? Read More »

Focus on the First 20 Feet

How to meet the street
Despite the aerial imagery so common in architecture and urban de sign, we do not see, interact with or experience spaces from a bird’s eye perspective. We commute, commune, eat, shop, share and play at ground level. Doing so, we are immersed in the first 20 feet of the vertical space around us. So why aren’t we de signing it better? Read More »

Member Profile: Tracey Ariga

This Chicago transplant fell in love with the city when a certain neighborhood cafe captured her heart.
This Chicago transplant fell in love with the city when a certain neighborhood cafe captured her heart. Read More »

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