Urban Design

This article looks at the relationship urban dwellers have with their urban environments and how a greener built environment in an urbanised area can play a role in alleviating the issue of urban poverty. Green Infrastructure can go a long way in addressing concerns such as food security, improving wellness of the mind and body both physically and mentally, providing a sense of community, help the environment and lastly, a job creator.

Do you agree with the findings in the article? Does Green Infrastructure alleviate urban poverty? Based on the findings presented in the article, I would tend to think so.


The World Bank published and made available this book “Transforming Cities with Transit” which explores the complex process of transit and land-use integration in rapidly growing cities in developing countries. As one of the most promising strategies for advancing environmental sustainability, economic competitiveness, and socially inclusive development in fast-growing cities, transit and land-use integration is increasingly being embraced by policy-makers at all levels of government. Happy reading!

I came across this article a few weeks ago which I really enjoyed reading. It’s about this insane proposal of a six-storey highway in Manhattan put forward by then NYC Health commissioner Dr. John A Harriss in 1930. As controversial as Robert Moses’ automobile-heavy redesign of New York city was, this idea by Dr. Harriss is a great lunatic moment in urban planning.

Also in the above article, along the lines of crazy and ridiculous, this proposed triple-decker airplane-rail-highway in the 1916 plan for NYC to fuse Brooklyn and Manhattan by building new islands has to take the cake.