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Urban Planning

Duany: The Promise of Suburbia Has Been Betrayed

Jared Green | Posted 07.28.2016 | Green
Jared Green

"The promise of suburbia -- to live in nature amid the easy flow of cars -- has been betrayed. Sprawl is not sustainable; its growth chokes on itself," argued architect and urban planner Andrés Duany at the Congress for New Urbanism in Detroit.

Nature Can Help Cites Survive Extreme Heat

Pascal Mittermaier | Posted 07.27.2016 | Impact
Pascal Mittermaier

By Pascal Mittermaier and Bill Ulfelder As a "heat dome" has settled over much of the country this week, causing temperatures to rise to the triple d...

Observing the City: Exploring Dreams, Not Memes

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 07.20.2016 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

The participation of diverse voices in city decision-making processes is critical to successful urban change. By diverse, I mean not just professional...

Pine Penises, Pink Penguins - New Moscow Decoration

Anastasya Manuilova | Posted 07.14.2016 | World
Anastasya Manuilova One of the central Moscow squares, the square of the Revolution, recently received a new decoration from the...

To Connect with Nature, Live in the City

Jared Green | Posted 07.01.2016 | Green
Jared Green

"We need density but we also need connections to nature," said University of Virginia professor Timothy Beatley, at an event at the University of the ...

14th Street PeopleWay: The Dream of a Car-free New York City

Chris Castiglione | Posted 06.22.2016 | New York
Chris Castiglione

I dream of a car-free New York City. Every night honking cars arrest me from sleep, and every day myself and millions of New Yorkers breathe the carbon monoxide exhaust from a sea of passing cars.

Take back the stars: let's make our skies accessible to all

Viva Dadwal | Posted 06.17.2016 | Science
Viva Dadwal

How many of you have lost your interest in the night sky because you think there is too much light pollution where you live?

Car Free Cities Are Coming ... slowly

John M. Eger | Posted 06.16.2016 | Green
John M. Eger

According to a recent report, 9 cities "from Spain to China" nine cities will soon have "more bike lanes, improved public transit, and financial incen...

Are We In The Midst Of A Public Space Crisis?

The Conversation US | Posted 06.08.2016 | Green
The Conversation US

By linking physical spaces with a live webcam network, Parrhesiastic Play gives people a stage to "perform" before the cameras. It's a playful way to comment on the rise of surveillance while interacting with a large audience.

City Planning without People: The Slow Development Alternative

Arden Henley | Posted 06.08.2016 | Politics
Arden Henley

In some areas of Vancouver, change feels like a developers' feast. Strangers with unsolicited offers to purchase appear at the door, inducements to pa...

How Inspired Architecture Can Connect Billions of People in Asia

April Rudin | Posted 06.02.2016 | Business
April Rudin

Just a few weeks ago, I traveled to Hong Kong, a major hub of business connectivity in Asia, for the second time in two years. I had been invited to p...

How Do You Design a Home for Someone With Autism?

The Conversation US | Posted 05.17.2016 | Healthy Living
The Conversation US

Sherry Ahrentzen, University of Florida and Kim Steele, University of California, Los Angeles What if every time the bathroom fan buzzed, you became ...

A New Park Rises From an Old Garbage Dump: Parks as Critical Elements of Urban Infrastructure

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.16.2016 | Green
Steven Cohen

Yesterday was a historic day for parks in New York City. While most tourists do not get to see much of Staten Island beyond the ferry terminal, a new urban park is taking shape in that borough on the site of the city's last garbage dump (I mean "landfill").

Jane Jacobs' Radical Legacy: Cities Are For People, Not Developers

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.04.2016 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Jacobs -- who died in Toronto on April 25, 2006 -- was a true "public intellectual" who put her ideas into practice. She loved cities and urban neighborhoods. She was fearless and feisty. She was a moralist, who believed that people have a responsibility to the greater good, and that societies and cities exist to bring out the best in people.

Showcasing the City of the Future

John M. Eger | Posted 05.02.2016 | Technology
John M. Eger

Last week Alphabet, formerly known as Google, announced that it is seeking "Cities with large swaths of land they want redeveloped - likely economical...

Sustainable Car Free Cities Not An Impossible Dream

John M. Eger | Posted 04.28.2016 | Healthy Living
John M. Eger

Some believe the decline of our cities started in 1939 at the World's Fair in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. The most popular exhibition was The World of Tomo...

Urban Greenery and Its Healing Powers

Quora | Posted 04.21.2016 | Green

These questions originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. ...

The True Value of Healthy Oceans and Waterways

Wallace J Nichols | Posted 04.12.2016 | Politics
Wallace J Nichols

An open letter to world, national, political, business, union, religious, media, educational, environmental, peace, NGO and philanthropic leaders It'...

Poland as a rock star

Pawel Adamowicz | Posted 04.11.2016 | World
Pawel Adamowicz

200 people found new jobs in State Street's new branch in Gdansk, and another several hundred may find till the end of 2016. Jay Hooley, CEO of State ...

Which Way to a Better Future for Baltimore?

Jared Green | Posted 04.06.2016 | Impact
Jared Green

Baltimore can either preserve and build on its past or make a break with it to succeed in the future. These two competing visions for this shrinking Mid-Atlantic city of 622,000 were presented to hundreds at the Lovely Lane Church, the "mother church" of Methodism, in Baltimore.

10 Parks That Changed America

Jared Green | Posted 03.30.2016 | Impact
Jared Green

PBS will broadcast a new documentary, 10 Parks That Changed America, on April 12th. Produced by WTTW in Chicago and featuring Geoffrey Baer, the show identifies the 10 most influential urban parks in the country, from the era of America's early settlers to the present day.

Racist in Seattle: What the Country Can Learn From the Region's Shifts

Rebecca Saldaña | Posted 03.30.2016 | Impact
Rebecca Saldaña

What can the rest of the country learn from this region's move to shift its racist legacy? Cities all over the country are facing challenges of homelessness and housing affordability at the same time they are wrestling with what compliance with HUD's affirmatively furthering fair housing means. The case of Seattle illustrates what is at stake.

What Does That Have to Do With Health? Why I Got My MPH

Pavita Singh, MPH | Posted 03.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Pavita Singh, MPH

I did not get my MPH solely to ensure that populations are disease-free. I got my MPH because I care about addressing the social, cultural and structural factors that impact people's everyday wellbeing.

Tempest in a Tea Party: The Sad Saga of the NAED

Thomas Fisher | Posted 03.29.2016 | Education
Thomas Fisher

With the built environment generating almost half of the world's greenhouse gases, the disciplines responsible for that pollution came together in 200...

The City We Need 2.0

Hung Vo | Posted 03.17.2016 | Impact
Hung Vo

"The battle for a more sustainable future will be won or lost in cities," has been a repeated manifesto of Urban Thinkers engaged in the World Urban Campaign, a project of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme.