Category urban design

Prague streets Czech Republic

Friendly street design in Prague

Capital of the Czech Republic, Prague is a beautiful European city that has become one of the world’s most visited cities. Prague has a well preserved historic Medieval center with tight alleys, limited automobile traffic and human scale architecture. Beyond the city’s oldest quarters, however, the city continues to be a walker’s paradise. With an […]

Pennsylvania Hospital historic plaque

The power of signage and wayfinding

Signs can be an extremely powerful tool for cities. Not the green reflective signs directing you off the expressway, but the much smaller, human scale signs found on sidewalks throughout cities. These signs can help pedestrians find their way around a neighborhood (appropriately named, a “wayfinding sign”), tell a story on a local site, or […]

Calles de Zaragoza- Miguel Servet

Friendly street design in Zaragoza

With a population of over 700,000, Zaragoza is Spain’s fourth-largest city after the big three of Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia. The city is also very dense, composed largely of apartment and office buildings ranging from 4 to 12 stories on average. Although certain avenues in the city can be wide, although still narrow by American […]

Alhambra Tower Coral Gables Miami

Streets of Miracle Mile

It’s a pleasant, walkable area with tree-lined streets lining entrances to beautiful apartments, banks, corporate headquarters, shops and lots of restaurants. Restaurants and bridal shops. That kind of sums up Miracle Mile. The streets off Miracle Mile, north and south, have less retail and are full of mid-rise office and apartment buildings. Alhambra Circle, three […]

Downtown Pompano Beach future Tri-Rail FEC railway station

Redeveloping Downtown Pompano Beach

The City of Pompano Beach is actively working on redeveloping its historic downtown area. Pompano is a city of about 100,000 in northeastern Broward County, just north of Miami. Pompano is the third most important city in the “Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach metropolitan area,” with a big economic impact on the region, yet it has no […]

Rue Gros Horlogue Rouen France

A stroll through Rouen

Rouen is a beautiful mid-sized city in France’s Upper Normandy (Haute Normandie). Streets in the heart of the city are narrow with a dense residential and commercial development that is incredibly rich in history. Rouen has preserved an amazingly large amount of its historic architecture with styles varying from Medieval and Renaissance to Baroque and […]

Overlooking Brickell Bridge in Miami

Brickell Bridge on a rainy summer afternoon