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Urban Planning

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.

When A Major Metro System Shuts Down, Low-Income Workers Pay The Price

Chelsea Kiene | Posted 03.16.2016 | Impact
Chelsea Kiene

The ability to quickly absorb major disruptions in public transportation access  is in many ways its own form of economic privilege. And that seems to be lost on far too many.

Share The Word: Global Art Project Turns Slums Into Creative Hubs

Bibbi Abruzzini | Posted 03.15.2016 | Good News
Bibbi Abruzzini

Slums: crumbling overcrowded shanties, often a labyrinth of clichés in misery and inadequate housing. Locals and foreigners view slums as no trespass...

User-centric Smarter Cities

Advertising Week | Posted 03.11.2016 | Business
Advertising Week

By Tom Hostler, Co-Founder, POKE • @hostler We're told the world's population is set to double in the next 30 years, which poses all sorts of prob...

Young Architects' Dreams of Future Gdansk

Pawel Adamowicz | Posted 03.03.2016 | World
Pawel Adamowicz

An exhibition "Diplomas 2015" can be viewed at Gdansk Polytechnic, showing forty two best architectural visions of the new, emerging Gdansk and the Tri-city.

The Black Panther Party: A Food Justice Story

Garrett Broad | Posted 10.06.2016 | Politics
Garrett Broad

At a moment when Black Americans were suffering from widespread hunger, sickness, unemployment, and police violence, the Black Panther Party was there to try to fill the gaps that institutional racism and government negligence had created.

Sustainable Cities Are Where Human Potential Can Be Realized

Steven Cohen | Posted 02.09.2016 | Impact
Steven Cohen

Economic, technological and cultural forces are moving people out of rural areas and into urban areas. Unfortunately, some of the urban places people are moving to are not only unsustainable, but they are not fit for human habitation.

Mary Brown, Organizer of Valencia Street Bike Lanes + Historian of Mission Architecture, Passed on 12/10/15

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 02.01.2016 | San Francisco
Tina Gerhardt

Mary Brown, Organizer of Valencia Street Bike Lanes + Historian of Mission Architecture, Passed on 12/10/15 - by Tina Gerhardt If you have biked down...

Come on Mr. Mayor, Leave the Central Park Carriage Horses Alone

Steven Cohen | Posted 02.01.2016 | New York
Steven Cohen

It is obvious that the mayor is trying to repay an old campaign debt to a group that supported him early in his quest for his current office.