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Jennifer Goodman/ BUILDER / November 12, 2014
Julilly Kohler’s commitment to community activism stems from her family tree.
Her grandfather, Walter, son of Kohler Co. founder John Michael, was a visionary community planner in addition to helping run the family business. Julilly grew up in Kohler Village, the town Walter founded with the help of famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Built in 1913 to house factory workers, it was one of the country’s first planned communities and its small town charm is still enjoyed today by residents, tourists, and employees of the giant plumbing manufacturer.
“My grandfather had
Mickey Jacob, FAIA / ARCHITECT / November 2013
I had the privilege of attending last month’s Remaking Cities Congress in Pittsburgh, where more than 300 global leaders from North America, the U.K., and Europe gathered to collaborate on an agenda for the healthy, sustainable, and prosperous future of cities. The event, chaired by Charles, Prince of Wales, represented a historic moment: This broad group of international participants discussed and shared ideas for the post-industrial challenges facing cities on both sides of the Atlantic—places as diverse as Bilbao, Spain; Germany’s Ruhr Valley; Manchester and Liverpool; Rotterdam;Read More
Richard Florida / The Atlantic Cities / July 11, 2013
The report “Innovation and the City” [PDF] is an important addition to our knowledge of urban policy innovation. It summarizes the results of a six-month research effort by policy researchers at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service and the New York-based Center for an Urban Future. The research team interviewed over 200 experts (including our own Emily Badger) and surveyed more than 120 policy innovations. (I should disclose here that I am Global Research Professor for the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies).
These responses wereRead More
David W. Myers / UrbanLand / July 1, 2013
Thousands of retail complexes across the United States, from small strip centers to megamalls, stand vacant or suffer from double-digit vacancy rates. Sears, JCPenney, and RadioShack, for decades among the most profitable retailers in America, may need to close a combined 1,000 or more stores over the next year or two, say some independent researchers. And several publications, as well as many Wall Street analysts, have declared that rising internet sales on websites such as Amazon.com and eBay will bring the demise of thousands more bricks-and-mortar stores and hundreds of malls soonerRead More
Jerry Adler / Smithsonian Magazine / May 2013
Experts in the emerging field of quantitative urbanism believe that many aspects of modern cities can be reduced to mathematical formulas
Glen Whitney stands at a point on the surface of the Earth, north latitude 40.742087, west longitude 73.988242, which is near the center of Madison Square Park, in New York City. Behind him is the city’s newest museum, the Museum of Mathematics, which Whitney, a former Wall Street trader, founded and now runs as executive director. He is facing one of New York’s landmarks, the Flatiron Building, which got its name because its wedge- like shape reminded