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Evolution of Street Networks (04-09-12)

Strano and his colleagues report on “the empirical analysis of a unique data set regarding almost 200 years of evolution of the road network in a large area located north of Milan (Italy).” 

Getting Out and About

Nearby nature—new research reveals the difficulties of  enticing working adults and children into outdoor spaces, but it also hints at solutions.

Types of Public Spaces

Thoughtfully classifying public space and privately-owned spaces accessible to the public can lead to a clearer analysis of the design context and help optimize the design solution.

Positive Urban Planning

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How can we create cities that make us healthy and happy?  Researchers are answering that question with unique studies, from how trees affect pregnancy outcomes to the importance of designing cities for young people.

Rational Results from Irrational Stakeholders: Obtaining Great Results from Group Processes

Designers and planners increasingly work on complicated, multi-stakeholder projects. Behavioral economics, a sub-discipline of economics that focuses on how people actually behave (as opposed to the prevailing “rational actor” economic theories that propose how people should behave), provides insights and approaches to help designers and planners better understand stakeholders’ perspectives and achieve successful outcomes.

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