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Earth Day 2021: Virtual Celebration & Offline Action

Cities are inching closer to their re-openings, but Earth Day will still take place mostly online. Here are some ways to effect change from your home.

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Hostile Architecture: The Consequences of Designing for Strategic Discomfort

Hostile architecture, or defensive urbanism, uses elements of the built environment to control behavior, but at what cost?

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How Do We Make Our Cities More Accessible?

The inaccessibility of our cities is an issue that will affect us all—but it’s an invisible problem for a lot of people. How do we move toward cities that are designed with everyone in mind?

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Standout City: Chicago’s Most Interesting Neighborhoods

Chicago’s neighborhoods each have their own history, culture, and charm. Here are some of the city’s most interesting communities and their must-see spots.

Pearl District's historical Union Station

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Then & Now: Portland’s Pearl District

An inviting tourist destination since it was revitalized in the late ’90s, Portland’s Pearl District wasn’t always the walkable, welcoming neighborhood it is today.

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Experimental Neighborhoods Where the Car Is Not King: Doing Things Differently in Arizona, Quebec, & Beyond

Real estate developers are kicking cars to the curb and embracing people-centered design. Do these neighborhood developments offer a blueprint for more sustainable cities?

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Powering Resilient Cities: How to Ensure Clean, Reliable, & Equitable Energy Systems

Find out what the experts say about the state of our energy systems and how we can make them more equitable, sustainable, resilient.

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Primary Drivers of Place: Mixed-Use Developments & the Human Habitat

Bringing diverse uses and activities to communities, mixed-use developments have become increasingly popular throughout North America, but how can we build them in a way that is authentic to the neighborhood and avoid gentrification?

Powering resilient cities.

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Join the Conversation: Powering Resilient Cities

Join Blueprint and the Aspen Institute Energy & Environment Program for a conversation with leading experts on powering resilient cities.

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City Shifts: News Roundup

Interesting news from across the web. This week: plans for a linear city, the community fridge movement, Dallas’ walkability goals, & more.

City Hall Building.

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Mayors Take Center Stage: Leadership During the Pandemic & Beyond

Mayors have been crucial leaders throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and are now tasked with the management and distribution of vaccines in their communities. We take a look at how they’ve stepped up and stood out.

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A New Era for Cities: Reimagining Real Estate Development

There will always be resistance on the path to innovation. Find out what the experts say about how real estate development shapes the cities of today and tomorrow.

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Last-Mile Innovators: Rethinking the Urban Supply Chain

Phil Hanrahan

Last-mile logistics is the trickiest part of the supply chain to get right, but Collectiv Food and Bond are two innovators that have the process nailed.

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City Shifts: Weekly News Roundup

Micah Golomb-Leavitt

Interesting news from across the web. This week: empty NYC subways, throwback office design, pandemic startup innovation, & more.

Updated designs for cities

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Join the Conversation: A New Era for Cities

Join Blueprint and the Aspen Institute Energy & Environment Program for a conversation with leading experts on a new era for cities.

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City Shifts: Weekly News Roundup

Micah Golomb-Leavitt

Interesting news from across the web. This week: a New York City office space debate, remote work sticking around, better-breathing buildings, & more.

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Feeding the City: Smart Solutions for the Food Supply Chain

Lucas Dawe, VP Supply Chain, Collectiv Food

Collectiv Food is on a mission to clean up the food supply chain. Find out how they’re raising the bar for sustainability and transparency while feeding the city.

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City Shifts: Weekly News Roundup

Micah Golomb-Leavitt

Interesting news from across the web. This week: a car-free neighborhood in Phoenix, hostile architecture sparks a dialogue (and a debate), unbuilding skyscrapers & more.

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The Death and Life of American Shopping Malls

Ellen Dunham-Jones

Traditional shopping malls are dying, but innovative ideas & community-first initiatives are breathing new life into existing buildings and redefining the retail experience.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium at sunset

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State of Play: Groundbreaking New Urban Stadiums and Arenas

Phil Hanrahan

From the tech trailblazer to the sustainability leader, America’s newest stadiums and arenas are setting a high bar for urban planning and the fan experience.

Pedestrians and cyclists take over the streets on Car-Free Day in Brussels, Belgium

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Flipping the Switch to the 15-Minute Neighborhood

We’re only limited by our imaginations. Find out what the experts have to say on the rise of the 15-minute neighborhood.

In aerial shot of the Veterans Community Project village in Kansas City

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Ending Veteran Homelessness in America’s Cities

Phil Hanrahan

From tiny homes and safe parking lots to custom-matched housing assistance, nonprofits and cities are taking innovative approaches to tackle veteran homelessness.

Walkable New York neighborhood

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Join the Conversation: The Rise of the 15-Minute Neighborhood

Join Blueprint and the Aspen Institute Energy & Environment Program for a conversation with expert urbanists on the rise of the 15-minute neighborhood.

Portland's new e-bikes

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Portland’s (Bicycle) Path Through Crisis

Devin Hutchings

With crisis comes opportunity for innovation. Portland has seen more than its fair share of the former and is proving its hand at the latter.

A still from To Shape and Be Shaped, a performance artwork that opened the 2020 Conscious Cities Festival.

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Rebuilding Architecture: An Interview With Itai Palti

Hannah Swinkin

From polymath to middleman? For Itai Palti, the architect’s role isn’t what it used to be—maybe it’s time for a rethink?

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City Shifts: Weekly News Roundup

Interesting news from across the web. This week: tech’s ethical debt, post-COVID home design, parking’s role in the Women’s Liberation Movement, and more.

A typical American suburb

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The Suburban Election

Richard Florida, Principal Urbanist

Swing states are passé; Election 2020 is all about the swing ‘burbs—and Donald Trump knows it.

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Getting (Out) the Mom Vote

Zoey Duncan

Election 2020 is all about the suburban mom vote. The media knows it; the candidates definitely know it, but how do moms feel about their lynchpin status—and who are they voting for?

carbon health covid-19 testing center

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The Future of Healthcare Is Omni-Channel

By Eren Bali, CEO of Carbon Health

Carbon Health CEO Eren Bali on how proximity is the future of care.

Greg Gershuny Photo Outdoors Blueprint Future

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Climate Action on the Urban Front: Toward Greener, Healthier, More Resilient Cities

Phil Hanrahan

The Aspen Institute’s Greg Gershuny tells us about what’s new in the fight against climate change and how cities are helping to make the difference.

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Richard Florida: Complete Communities and the Rise of the Neighborhood Economy

Richard Florida, Principal Urbanist

Sounding the death knell for cities is a favorite past time during eras of crisis. But with crisis comes opportunity. The opportunity to reset, rebuild, and create complete communities.

Drinks line a rooftop bar in Boston

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Rooftops Are Having a Moment

Phil Hanrahan

Where space is at a premium, it’s time to get creative. Meet the innovators who are looking ahead by looking up.

City Park in New Orleans

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Park Life: The World’s Best Urban Parks

Parks are a transformative element of the urban experience. They are the places where our cities and communities live and breathe. Here’s our list of the world’s best. Did your favorite make the cut?

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