By Evan King Imagine, if you will, life as a pixelated farmer in a remote pixelated village. You live in a small hut with a bed and maybe a window but nothing else. You wake every morning to tend to your plot of wheat and head to bed as the sun sets. Similar sites are scattered over vast distances, but these villages are the only intelligent life occurring across your entire world. A different kind of being arrives one day- an unfriendly … Continue reading Planning When it’s Not the Point: Urban Design Fun in a Non-City-Building Videogame
This week’s post was originally published on February 20, 2020. By Lizzie Tong In the realm of sustainability and urban planning, Singapore is often hailed as a city-state worthy of envy and comparison – a Garden City. Through 40 years of rapid economic development and a transformation into an international financial hub, Singapore has been mindful to protect its natural environment, developing a reputation as … Continue reading From the Archives: Can America Replicate Singapore’s Garden Cities?
By Jacob Becker Just like you, hopefully, recently I’ve been spending the majority of my day inside my house. For me, after a spring break visit turned into a semester-long stay, that means staying at my parents’ house in New Jersey. I don’t want to give the Garden State a bad name—it’s full of natural beauty and wonderful bagels, with a competent governor who made … Continue reading A Walking Tour of McMansion Hell
“The process of planning is very valuable, for forcing you to think hard about what you are doing, but the actual plan that results from it is probably useless.” – Marc Andreessen “Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past.” – 1984, George Orwell Cities not only represent the future but also have the responsibility to preserve their past. … Continue reading Interaction with Memory: Preserving the Past While Embracing Change
Philip Goodwin Freelon, local architect and the Architect of Record for the lauded National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., died on July 9th, 2019, at the age of 66. His death was due to complications from ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. In addition to being a nationally prominent architect, Mr. Freelon was an important local … Continue reading Phil Freelon, Durham Architect and Architect of Record for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Dead at 66
Fall break is a great opportunity to explore a nearby town or city. This year, Carolina Angles launched its first Semi-Annual Photo Contest. Planning students submitted their favorite photos from fall break for a chance to win. The winning photo shows us the Biltmore Conservatory in Asheville, NC. Other entries include beautiful scenery from Hanging Rock State Park, a Mid-century Modern Home from Moyaone Reserve, … Continue reading Carolina Angles’ First Semi-Annual Photo Contest
North Carolina has many water-related problems. To mention some: Droughts, pollution of streams and lakes, quantity and quality of drinking water. Additionally, the cities and communities in the state are particularly vulnerable to severe flooding, an increasing problem due to climate change effects. Severe rainstorms, limited run off capacity by streams and rivers, rising ocean levels, but also here and there missing links in urban … Continue reading Water resilience in the city
The first time I walked into New East, I was overwhelmed by the sensation that something was off. This happens to me from time to time, usually when I am in an unfamiliar space or a familiar space that has changed. This is not normally a hair-raising feeling, but it can become bothersome – particularly if the usual suspects have been eliminated and the impression persists. … Continue reading Hey UNC Planning Community, What’s Off about New East?
Historic Stagville tells this story of buildings and the history of enslaved people prominently, in contrast to many other preserved and historic plantation sites around the nation. Continue reading Historic Stagville: This Place Matters
Why are there shutters on all these homes? Continue reading Shut It Down: An Exploration of Shutters