Friday Faves! 5 Things to Watch and Read

Happy Friday! Here are this week’s top urbanism picks… Enjoy!

From the Netherlands to America: Translating the World’s Best Bikeway Designs – Urban planners and policy makers from the U.S. visit the most advanced city in the world for cycling infrastructure to gather clues and best practices for implementing similar designs in American cities.

Urban Planning for Dummies –  Planetizen announced the release of the urban planning volume of the popular for Dummies series in print earlier this week. We’re not sure that it will be useful to seasoned urban planners, but we definitely agree that it “is a sure sign that planning is entering the mainstream consciousness.”

Saga City – The French-Canadian collective Saga Cité tell an animated story of Colver Town to illustrate how planning is an important tool in dealing with the issue of climate change and addressing the current problems of urban sprawl, congestion, equity, energy efficiency, and public health, to name a few.

The Anti-City – Last year the editor-in-chief of Abitare and agitator for critical architecture Stefano Boeri released this book, which tackles the issue of sprawl and the erosion of the urban condition and features a collection of articles and essays written by Boeri over the last decade.

Venice Backstage. How does Venice work? – An interesting mini-documentary explaining how the city of Venice was planned and how the sinking city’s infrastructure works and is maintained to keep it functioning and livable for its residents.

2 Responses to “Friday Faves! 5 Things to Watch and Read”
  1. pierreyvesc says:

    Thanks for featuring Saga City here ! Just a quick note, the movie was produced by “Vivre en Ville” (Living in the City). We’re a NGO based in Québec, Canada (therefore, french speaking, but not French ;-))
    More info : and

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