Walkable Cities; Myth or Truth

When it comes to the current pattern of urbanization, one of the most talked about topics is, of course, walkability. For many different reasons (i.e. environmental as well as human health), this criteria… Continue reading

four changes that made Tehran a more liveable city

*This article was featured on Planetizen! and It is available in Chinese and Spanish Tehran is a megacity and the capital of Iran, with a day population of 14 million and a permanent… Continue reading

Let’s talk about urban planning! APA 2012

Sorry I have been lost, but this past week, I was able to attend the annual American Planning Association (APA)’s conference in Los Angeles, California! This was an exciting event for me, because… Continue reading

four reasons why interactive art is good

Interactive arts -used here to describe the state of the arts rather than a particular form of art- can be defined differently based on perceptions and perspectives; however, regardless of their diverse analog,… Continue reading

amsterdam’s new iconic bridge to-be

Some of the most interesting pieces of architecture happen to be winners of competitions, such as Metrosol Parasol. This story is no different. As a winning result of Massiv for AC-CA’s [Amsterdam] Iconic Pedestrian… Continue reading

Lisbon’s identity through graffitis

In most cultures, the arts are a welcomed and well-known way of self-expression. This is true on both a personal and more public levels, when the governmental factors of towns and cities allow… Continue reading

what is it that you do again?

I get this question every single time I tell a stranger I am an urban planner. I find it fascinating that more than half the wonderful, educated, and intelligent strangers I have spoken with, have… Continue reading

a world heritage site and its modern building

 This post was initially published at This Big City Once upon a time, a contemporary building and an old city became friends. They were the Guggenheim Museum and Bilbao. Though this blog post isn’t… Continue reading

from the hidden treasures of seville to its most magnificent architecture

This post was initially published at This Big City Not too long ago, the local government of Seville –a beautiful 2,000 year-old town in southern Spain- decided to move the usual farmers’ market location… Continue reading

Cafe vs. Castle

This post was initially published at This Big City and Sustainable Cities Collective You only have to look at the queue for the latest iPhone to see that ‘new’ means a positive and desirable change for… Continue reading