Mixed-use Neighborhoods

By: Benedetto Davi

Photo credit: USDN Sustainable Consumption Toolkit                                                             

Mixed-use neighborhoods are only one of the principles that defines Smart growth, but perhaps the most difficult to achieve. There are various definitions of what mixed-use development means, all of which embed common characteristics:

1)blending vertical and/or horizontal uses (residential, commercial, cultural, industrial, etc.),

2)walkability

3)pedestrian, bike and child friendly environments

4)healthy and resilient communities

5)local economy improvement

Obviously not every urban area and community is set-up for mixed-use land and development.  And noise, pedestrian traffic and congestion are frequent side-effects of mixed-use neighborhoods. Therefore this is where bottom-up planning can take a step towards giving voice to those communities that suffer from the absence of diversity in land-use.

Furthermore, planning policies that point in the direction of polycentric cities, can considerably reduce pressures on public and private transportation, decreasing the number of long distance commuters and traffic congestion.

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Future Planners in press from the Netherlands & Spain

UNICEF – CIUDADES AMIGAS de la INFANCIA

(Madrid, Spain)

“A más de 5.000 kilómetros de distancia, en el corazón de Brooklyn, Aminah Ricks trabaja cada día en esa misma dirección. A través de su organización, Future Planners, esta arquitecta y planificadora urbana ayuda a los niños y niñas a “reimaginar” las ciudades. ”

De Brooklyn a Somiedo: así trabajan los niños para reimaginar las ciudades

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CHILD IN THE CITY

(Harderwijk, Netherlands)

“Any city that balances considerations for all its city-zens, including children, is a better, healthier and safer place.”

Helping Children Reimagine The City

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"We are a reflection of our cites and our cities reflect us." Aminah Ricks
Art Ignites City Life

Art Ignites City Life

Underneath the bridges of Brooklyn, artwork mingles with neighborhood residents and visitors. Outdoor installations, short films, paintings, sculpture, performance art and poetry readings are all on display every first Thursday of the month.  This is when DUMBO becomes an open playground of city life, culture and creativity.

Galleries and event spaces open their doors, feeding the curiosity of city residents to that which has been previously labored and prepared behind closed doors. This exchange between art and the city is fundamental for bringing people together. It is a free event that brings many diverse groups together.

The energy from the sidewalks, as folks drift in and spill out of buildings, ignites the area in a way not seen on other days of the month.

Using the urban landscape as a backdrop and the excuse to bring people together is the very point of city life.

Cover Photo Credit: Molly Woodward

Photographer & Graphic Artist Molly Woodward

Painter Laura Shechter, represented by Porter Contemporary

Artist Marguerite Day

*DUMBO is a neighborhood in Brooklyn and the acronym stands for Down Underneath the Manhattan Bridge Overpass

DUMBO’s First Thursday Events

  • The Soho Effect
  • Artist: @99piorg

From Soho (South of Houston in NYC) to NOBE (North Oakland Berkeley Emeryville), neighborhoods are being re-branded.  Mostly this trend is initiated by real estate agents, why is this happening and what is the effect?

Listen to this great podcast from @99piorg to discover the story behind the story.

Cover Photography: Aminah Ricks

5 Ideas for Cities in 2015 – by 100 Resilient Cities

The 100 Resilient Cities organization has compiled a list of 5 Ideas for Cities in 2015, ideas to help cities shape a brighter future— they are calling it Resilience Resolutions for the year ahead.

Emerging.City loves this list as it encompasses key aspects of our mission statement.  And topping the list:

1. Get Women Involved In City Planning And Disaster Response

We could not agree more!

Read their 5 Ideas for Cities in 2015

Photo Credit: DFID, Flickr

Elevating City Life