Daniel Nairn

Daniel Nairn works as a planner. In his free time he plays with ideas, mainly about cities of all sizes and how they are used by people, on his blog Discovering Urbanism.

Building character

Measuring the historical diversity of a neighborhood

Can the historical "character" of a neighborhood be measured somehow, the way that tools like Walk Score measure walkability?

Ramp it up

Building with the disabled in mind means better access for everyone

The new book Inclusive Design: A Pattern Book is probably the first guide to marrying sustainable urbanism to accessible design.

Do the locavore motions

The future of urban agriculture is not about the 10-mile diet

Urban agriculture is a movement in transition. Agriculture has a vital role to play in cities, but it must be done in a way that keeps the urban fabric intact.


Greening — and feeding — the city with a ‘garden block’

It looks like one of the main take-aways from the Congress for the New Urbanism 18 conference is something being labeled “agrarian urbanism.” Fast Company is calling it the “new new urbanism” and Treehugger has described the notion as the next phase in the evolution of this 30-year old movement. New Urbanism leader Andrés Duany, in particular, has been pushing pretty hard in this direction for the last couple of years. Briefly, the idea is that walkable neighborhoods could be intentionally structured so that food production is integrated into the physical form and the lifestyle of the inhabitants. In other …

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