Category Archives: Books

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Book Review: Walkable City

I realize I am a little late to be reviewing Jeff Speck’s 2012 book Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America One Step at a Time, but I have had a lot of time to catch up on my reading

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Book Review: Walkable City

I realize I am a little late to be reviewing Jeff Speck’s 2012 book Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America One Step at a Time, but I have had a lot of time to catch up on my reading

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Little Libraries Building Communities

For the last ten years of my life university libraries have spoiled me. Where else can I go browsing for cookbooks and come home with a 1951 copy of the YWCA’s “Cookery Book of Malaya,” the more academically slanted “Can

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Little Libraries Building Communities

For the last ten years of my life university libraries have spoiled me. Where else can I go browsing for cookbooks and come home with a 1951 copy of the YWCA’s “Cookery Book of Malaya,” the more academically slanted “Can

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Book Review: Bumbling Through Hong Kong

I met architect, author and illustrator Tom Schmidt a few weeks ago while he was visiting Singapore on a book tour.  Our mutual friend introduced his book to me as “a travel guide of Hong Kong designed for kids.”  Although

BTHK COVER 4mar13

Book Review: Bumbling Through Hong Kong

I met architect, author and illustrator Tom Schmidt a few weeks ago while he was visiting Singapore on a book tour.  Our mutual friend introduced his book to me as “a travel guide of Hong Kong designed for kids.”  Although

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Space to Imagine: Singapore’s Playgrounds

Playgrounds don’t often find their way into urban planning studies, but recently a set of “old school” playgrounds in Singapore has become quite popular, inspiring works of  art, a digital book, design products, and more importantly a conversation about how

DragonSlide

Space to Imagine: Singapore’s Playgrounds

Playgrounds don’t often find their way into urban planning studies, but recently a set of “old school” playgrounds in Singapore has become quite popular, inspiring works of  art, a digital book, design products, and more importantly a conversation about how

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Jan Gehl in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on “Cities for People”

I had the honor this week of speaking at a conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on some of my research in Singapore (I promise to write more on that next).  However the exciting part was not sharing my work but

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Jan Gehl in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on “Cities for People”

I had the honor this week of speaking at a conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on some of my research in Singapore (I promise to write more on that next).  However the exciting part was not sharing my work but

women going to the temple on Sunday in Ubud

“Changing Landscapes” in Southeast Asia

Last week while my parents were in town I spent some time as a tourist in Singapore.  After about seven months of living and researching here it was nice to have a few days to explore and enjoy many of

women going to the temple on Sunday in Ubud

“Changing Landscapes” in Southeast Asia

Last week while my parents were in town I spent some time as a tourist in Singapore.  After about seven months of living and researching here it was nice to have a few days to explore and enjoy many of

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Passing through Singapore: A Hub for Urbanist

When I moved to Singapore I had heard that it was a hub for many fields, a city where “East meets West” as the saying goes.  Even after hearing this and studying these trends I was still surprised by the

BishanPark

Passing through Singapore: A Hub for Urbanist

When I moved to Singapore I had heard that it was a hub for many fields, a city where “East meets West” as the saying goes.  Even after hearing this and studying these trends I was still surprised by the