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Urban Planning

An Architect of Change

John Feffer | Posted 10.01.2014 | 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 09.30.2014 | 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...

Housing: More Than a Place to Live

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 09.25.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Building affordable housing is only the first step towards inclusive cities. As housing should be seen as an urban strategy to improve the overall quality of life for all citizens, affordable housing must be inclusive by design.

How to Decode the Place Between Places

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 09.25.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

The ebb and flow of nature, economic base and the passage of time are always ripe for observation. Below, take note of one walk's illustration of two towns, their edges and the spaces between.

It's Time to Put the Brakes on Building Big Highways

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics
Phineas Baxandall

American transportation money should be spent on fixing the roads we have, as well as investing in non-driving transportation modes that are increasingly attractive to the public, especially the massive millennial generation, which will be the chief user of today's transportation investments.

Breathing New Life Into America's Front Yard

Caroline Cunningham | Posted 09.19.2014 | DC
Caroline Cunningham

Ask anyone where Constitution Gardens is, and they're as likely to say it's in Philadelphia as in Washington, D.C.

For Audi, Re-Engineering Cities is a Matter of Survival

Craig Fitzgerald | Posted 09.17.2014 | Technology
Craig Fitzgerald

The California Department of Motor Vehicles recently issued Audi the first permit to begin testing autonomous vehicles on public roads. But it's just a piece of Audi's mission to begin re-engineering cities around the globe, with cars as just a part of the transportation equation.

The Option of Sensing the City

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 09.12.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

Sensing the city is a personal experience owned by each of us. From a legal perspective, it is an urban property right that transcends public and private domains. It is a form of place-decoding that deserves more illustration and attention.

The Global Politics of Cities

Lyric Hughes Hale | Posted 09.12.2014 | World
Lyric Hughes Hale

As the rush to urbanization intensifies in non-democracies such as Iran, China, and Pakistan, is it not inevitable that their cities, with populations truly dwarfing the few hundred thousand inhabitants of ancient Athens, carry within the seeds of political change?

Green Groups to New York City: Drop Dead

Marielle Anzelone | Posted 09.10.2014 | Green
Marielle Anzelone

Why does urban biodiversity matter at all? Because according to the UN, for the first time in human history more people are now living in cities than rural areas. The planet is urban. When people experience nature, that nature will be urban too.

Brooklyn and the Nation's Oldest Bike Path

Cody Lyon | Posted 09.10.2014 | New York
Cody Lyon

From Gowanus, once I'd made my way up the hill of Park slope, into the park, and pedaled around half the loop, I found the Parkway and its bike path on the eastern side.

Asbury Park's Pedestrian Island: Any Chance of Getting Shipwrecked?

Eric McAfee | Posted 09.08.2014 | New York
Eric McAfee

At long last, a significant number of older urban centers in the country seem to be recognizing that it's a good idea to build infrastructure that accommodates pedestrians. The trajectory clearly manifests improvement with each passing year.

America's Accessible Cities

Wendell Cox | Posted 09.04.2014 | Los Angeles
Wendell Cox

With frequent press attention on traffic congestion and "gridlock," it may be surprising that work trip travel times in US cities are better than those of high income competitors in other nations. Indeed, the University of Minnesota's David Levinson, found that the typical employee can reach two-thirds of jobs in major US metropolitan areas within 30 minutes.

How to Place-Decode the Elements of Urbanism

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 09.26.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

According to the New York Times' Roger Cohen, France is struggling with changing times, including how perception of classic physical space is evolving as the role of cyberspace expands.

Anna Almendrala

More Evidence Happiness Doesn't Come From Buying New Things

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 09.03.2014 | Healthy Living

News stories about Black Friday shopping violence are depressingly similar, and would be beyond belief save the fact that most are accompanied by secu...

Revitalizing Cities for All Residents

Gary A. Officer | Posted 09.02.2014 | Impact
Gary A. Officer

Twenty-first century cities will serves as the engine that drives the economy of a region, and ultimately, a nation.

Mass Urbanization Could Lead to Unprecedented Human Creativity -– But Only if We Do it Right

Luis Bettencourt | Posted 08.29.2014 | World
Luis Bettencourt

Successful global urbanization could lead to a profoundly-changed world in just a few decades, where age-old human problems of extreme poverty, famine, disease and conflict would be greatly alleviated -- if not eradicated.

Cities With The Deadliest Diets

24/7 Wall St. | Thomas C. Frohlich and Robert Serenbetz | Posted 08.24.2014 | Business

While most Americans can choose what they want to eat each day, in many regions that choice is considerably limited. A range of direct and indirect fa...

Timeless or Time-Bound in the City?

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 08.28.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

A uniform filter applied to multiple urban scenes can easily warp time and location, and obscure -- yet somehow enhance -- the reality of place.

Chicago Celebrates Women Building Change

ARTPHAIRE | Posted 08.12.2014 | Arts
ARTPHAIRE

"Women Building Change," an exhibition at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, aims to do exactly that by highlighting outstanding works by female architects living and working in the city of Chicago.

Involving the Urban Poor in Inclusive Housing

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 08.11.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Participatory planning integrates the poor and vulnerable into the housing development process and ensures that good intentions are translated into impact for the community.

Looking Behind the Common Sense Elements of City Life

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 08.07.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

Last month, in Moustiers Sainte Marie, France, I watched several shopkeepers return a lost young bird to a part of town closer to its natural habitat. This small drama was a play of few acts, but reflected a pattern of human conduct embedded in urban life.

NYC's Bike Sharing: The de Blasio Administration's First Expansion of the City's Sustainability Agenda

Steven Cohen | Posted 09.27.2014 | Green
Steven Cohen

Bike sharing is providing a high-profile opportunity to work with industry on sustainability issues. The success of this deal could lead to other opportunities as well.

How Bicycling Improves City Life for Everyone

Jay Walljasper | Posted 09.16.2014 | Green
Jay Walljasper

You can see big changes happening across America as communities from Fairbanks to St. Petersburg transform their streets into appealing places for people, not just cars and trucks.