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Urban Planning

Inequalities and Exclusion of the Poor in the Global South: Four Cities Fight Back Through Aggressive Land Policy

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 12.15.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

While the goals of neighborhood revitalization are generally positive, if a government fails to actively incorporate policies that guarantee affordable housing and public spaces, revitalization becomes a euphemism for gentrification and exclusion of the poor.

Contextualizing Approaches to Urbanization

David Adjaye | Posted 12.12.2014 | Arts
David Adjaye

The city is a perpetually incomplete project; it is constantly being remade and reshaped by the changing state of our world, whether by the interventions of its governing bodies or the powerful actions of its residents. Architecture can and must speak to this adaptability, as both a technology and reflection of social change.

How to Build a Holy Smart City

Alykhan Mohamed | Posted 12.10.2014 | World
Alykhan Mohamed

Picture an ancient city full of intricately carved stone temples, where millions of pilgrims and ascetics come to bathe in the holy waters of the Ganges, as Hindus have done for hundreds of generations. Now, imagine that the holy water of the Ganges is being monitored by electronic sensors to detect pollution levels, and the lights illuminating the streets and houses of this city are fitted with motion sensors and calibrated to save energy.

2014's Notable Developments in Landscape Architecture

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 12.10.2014 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

This year there was a cultural shift that saw landscape architecture and its practitioners achieve an unprecedented level of visibility and influence.

Leaving a Downstream Legacy

Jackie Ostfeld | Posted 12.04.2014 | Green
Jackie Ostfeld

Sierra Club recognizes that a 21st-century environmental movement depends on getting kids and communities unplugged and outside.

Riots and Race: Then, Now and Next?

Deborah J. Levine | Posted 12.01.2014 | Politics
Deborah J. Levine

What will America do when every 20-30 years our racial issues come to a head? Ferguson is not an isolated case, nor is the death of an African American at the hands of a white police officer. Yet, something about Ferguson has captured the attention nationally, and even world-wide.

What Makes A City Unhappy?

Pacific Standard | Dana McMahan | Posted 11.24.2014 | World

I live in two of the country’s saddest cities. At least that’s if I’m to believe the results of a National Bureau of Economic Research working p...

Unlocking the Pandora Box

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | Posted 11.19.2014 | Arts
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre

Perhaps when things become a reality in our lives, we place the responsibility on an outside source like a burning candle, a talisman, a lucky clothing article, God or...something else.

Could Lyft and Uber Put Public Transit Out of Business?

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 11.21.2014 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

It is likely that these services will just exacerbate the differences that already exist in the quality of public transit in different areas. The localities that invested and ran their systems well won't be as impacted. In the areas where frustration is higher, the problems will surely become worse when revenues and ridership decline.

The Six Most Ingenious Things Humans Are Doing This Week

Diane Ackerman | Posted 11.19.2014 | World
Diane Ackerman

The sheer number of people on the planet means exponentially more brainpower; so, as a species, we're sparking many more ideas. Thanks to the digital revolution, people are busily batting ideas around the Internet, where they carom and entangle like subatomic particles.

Yes, in Your Country: Judge Says City of Philadelphia Can Take Artist's Studio, Turn It Into Grocery Store

Evan Bernick | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Evan Bernick

James Dupree is a world-renowned artist and native son of Philadelphia, who is about to see his art studio turned into a grocery store, thanks to the rubber-stamp review that passes for judging when his city exercises the power of eminent domain.

A Ride on the New Panama Metro, Central America's First Subway

Mark Chesnut | Posted 11.04.2014 | Travel
Mark Chesnut

Panama's capital is truly in growth mode. Consider this: Panama City is home to the tallest buildings in Central America, the first Waldorf Astoria and Trump hotels in Latin America, and the first Frank Gehry-designed museum (the BioMuseo) in Latin America.

The Global Fight Against Traffic

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 10.28.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

British foreign secretary Arthur Balfour allegedly claimed in the early 20th century that "the motor-car will help solve the congestion of traffic." Today's city planners must not know whether to laugh or cry at this woefully misguided prediction.

Jaime Lerner's Pinpricks of Change

Jared Green | Posted 10.28.2014 | Green
Jared Green

Jaime Lerner, one of the most influential urban leaders of our time, has written down all of his hard-earned wisdom about the city in one slim yet rich volume, Urban Acupuncture: Celebrating Pinpricks of Change that Enrich City Life.

Sustainable Housing, Politics and a Basic Pride of Place

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 10.24.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

We carry with us the ability to mine pride from place, even in places that are, perhaps, least expected to shine.

'Architecture Is An Expression Of Values'

The European | Max Tholl | Posted 11.20.2014 | World

Sir Norman Foster is the mastermind behind some of the world’s most iconic buildings. With Max Tholl, he discussed how architecture helps us com...

Aging Metropolitan Areas Ranked

Wendell Cox | Posted 10.21.2014 | HuffPost Home
Wendell Cox

The common thread among movers is aspiration --- seeking better lives. People move to places they can afford and where they can hope for a higher standard of living.

Hajj 2015: Year of Development

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
Mehrunisa Qayyum

In scrolling through these pictures, opportunities for development mean avoiding logistical nightmares and health epidemics.

Rethinking Cities as Sharing Platforms

April Rinne | Posted 12.12.2014 | Business
April Rinne

I work in the 'sharing economy' from a unique vantage point: at the nexus of private, public and social sectors, advising governments, companies, impa...

Why the 'Finesse of the Avenue' Is What Cities Need

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 12.07.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

While Cassis is known as a fishing village turned touristic haven (and a departure point for dramatic rock faces above the Mediterranean and remarkable inlets along coast, a short distance from Marseille), this essay is hardly a travelogue.

The UN wants sustainable urban development, but what does that look like?

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 12.03.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

From the shortlist of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) the United Nations is considering, one goal calls for "inclusive, safe, resilient and susta...

Miami Beach Prepares For Annual 'King Tide'

Reuters | Zachary Fagenson and David Adams | Posted 12.03.2014 | Green

MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Oct. 3 (Reuters) - Construction crews are wading into chest high pools of muck in a race against time to install pumps Miami Beac...

An Architect of Change

John Feffer | Posted 12.01.2014 | World
John Feffer

Nicolae Ceausescu was not exactly a team player. His most ambitious infrastructure plan was for the Romanian capital itself. In the 1980s, he implemented a huge "urban renewal" project that destroyed a large chunk of the historic center of Bucharest.

The Look and Feel of 'Inevitably Urban'

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 11.29.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

I have compiled 25 photographs for this essay -- taken in multiple locations since 2009, including cities on four continents. The photographs are presented in black and white, to better show the contrast between the human and built environment, yet also emphasize the undeniably symmetry between.

WATCH: How Can We Make Our Cities Better?

Posted 10.01.2014 | Impact

Hosted by The Atlantic in partnership with The Aspen Institute and Bloomberg Philanthropies, CityLab is one of The Aspen Institute's most innovative p...