Friday Faves! 5 Things to Watch and Read

This week in Friday Faves:

Tour of Istanbul’s Conceptual New Taksim Square – In a push for urban renewal, Turkey is redesigning Istanbul’s pulsating Taksim Square. Do you agree with critics who say that the new design transforms it into a “soulless, concrete desert“?

Unintended Consequences of the Neo-Traditional City Planning Model – An interesting critique of the new schools of planning thought like New Urbanism et al: “In the dash to adopt the neo-traditional model for suburban development, planners have attempted to create a formula of inflexible planning techniques that establishes a one-size-fits-all model with the goal of curing all of the ills attributed to suburban growth.”

Professor Susan Parnell on urban planning in post-colonial Africa – From Bartlett UCL Development Planning Unit, Parnell addresses ways of understanding the enormous changes to cities occurring in sub-saharan African countries. Also, read our related post on the African corridor project.

Interview with Ellen Dunham-Jones – The renowned New Urbanist talks about re-inhabitation, redevelopment, re-greening projects taking place to retrofit suburbia and contrary to the previous critique, affirms “there is definitely no one-size-fits-all on any of it, and I’d say in general it’s always each community that figures out what’s appropriate for a particular property.”

From Industrial Wasteland to Community Park – The American Society of Landscape Architects offers this step-by-step video demonstrating how to return a contaminated brownfield site into a vibrant local park.

Happy weekend!

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