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For Colleges, Location Matters

Jeff Selingo | Posted 12.12.2011 | College
Jeff Selingo

I'm not sure when a club of some 60 elite universities got the authority to set the research agenda for the country or for individual universities.

A Summer of Bicycle-Focused Transportation Policy for Chicagoans

Renee Patten | Posted 12.10.2011 | Chicago
Renee Patten

Chicago is an ideal city for riding a bicycle. It's flat, people are generally respectful of other users of the road, and there are alternative options for commuting if you get stuck in the rain.

Lynne Peeples

SXSW Eco: Sustainability And The Carbon Zero City, By The Numbers

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 12.06.2011 | Green

AUSTIN, Tex. -- Replacing fossil fuels with clean energy alternatives such as wind and solar is an important aim. But if the end goal is sustainabilit...

A Skeptic Queries "The Artist as Urbanist"

Eric J. Henderson | Posted 12.05.2011 | Arts
Eric J. Henderson

Alexis Laurent is a contemporary sculptor. His work invites (and counts on) viewers to be part of it to make it whole.

D.C. vs. the Green Apple: In Efficiency, We're Closer Than You Think

Brian F. Keane | Posted 11.29.2011 | DC
Brian F. Keane

New York City has it all: high-efficiency windows, hybrid taxis, low-flow appliances, underwater turbines and more. But let's face it: it's easy for cities to be efficient. What about the suburbs?

What the Loss of the Pinball Museum Says About D.C.

Eli Lehrer | Posted 11.29.2011 | DC
Eli Lehrer

A pinball museum -- one of only two in the world to my knowledge -- is the sort of quirky, interesting, attraction that gives a city real vitality.

New Times Square Design Aims To Separate Locals And Tourists

Posted 11.28.2011 | Arts

New York City's Times Square has lived through its fair share of incarnations, from the entertainment hub of the 1910s to the seedy den of vice in the...

A Call for Urban Doctors

Gordon Gill | Posted 11.28.2011 | Green
Gordon Gill

By looking at our assets holistically, we can create a fully integrated, intelligent approach to the greening of cities, one that combines carbon savings with an increased quality of life.

Beyond the Hype of Jay-Z's Brooklyn Nets Announcement

Norman Oder | Posted 11.27.2011 | New York
Norman Oder

The media turned out in droves Monday for a heavily-managed press conference with Jay-Z in Brooklyn across from the under-construction Barclays Center arena. There wasn't much news.

'Helvetica' Director Takes On Cities In New Documentary

Posted 11.21.2011 | Arts

Gary Hustwit, the design-oriented documentary filmaker whose previous work includes 'Helvetica' and 'Objectified,' has released the trailer for his th...

Experiencing the Sonata of Urban Density (VIDEO)

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 11.20.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Take a creative break from today's active discussions about the benefits of urban density with a sonata that examines compact development examples from across the world.

City Shaping III: The Philadelphia Story

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 11.13.2011 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

For more than three centuries, city planning, landscape architecture and a unique civic ambition that emphasizes horticulture as much as the pedestrian experience in its public spaces and streetscapes, have made Philadelphia a fascinating city.

PHOTOS: Rio De Janeiro's High-Flying Transit Line Debuts

Posted 11.01.2011 | World

The latest, most innovative form of public transit in Rio de Janeiro has made its high-flying 2011 debut. As Wired is reporting, a six-station gon...

Hey GQ I Guess Stereotypes Die Hard, Wicked Hard

Greg Selkoe | Posted 10.26.2011 | Style
Greg Selkoe

An Open Letter to GQ Dear GQ, Thank you for awarding Boston the distinction of worst dressed US city as part of your comedy issue this month. We her...

Confronting The Urban Mirror

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 10.28.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

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Discerning Successful Elements of People, Place and Urbanism

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 10.24.2011 | Home
Charles R. Wolfe

Nothing is better for advocates of urbanism than simple immersion in the look and feel of a successful, authentic place. After a week of observation ...

Worldwatch Report Focuses on China's Green Future

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 10.19.2011 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

China's environmental problems remain a cause for global concern, as climate change continues to reduce agricultural production and create instability in world food prices.

Mayors With a New Vision of Creativity and Innovation Wanted

John M. Eger | Posted 10.16.2011 | Arts
John M. Eger

As the economy turns once again in a positive way -- and it will -- creative thinking, creative products, creative services and creativity in all a city does will make our cities unique in the world.

Rediscovering the Road to the Sustainable City

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 10.16.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Those of us who write about cities should be students of history and experience, and with some humility listen to scholars and the legacy of urban development from from around the world.

PHOTOS: Chicago Railroad Transforming Into Corridor Of Green

| Erin Chan Ding | Posted 10.13.2011 | Chicago

The sun shone on Beth White and Ben Helphand on an August Sunday as they stood on a North Side viaduct, each with their feet planted in the middle of ...

Retaining Sustainable Storefronts in the Urban Realm

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 10.09.2011 | Home
Charles R. Wolfe

Vital storefronts are an indicator of urban success, while empty businesses are akin to the ruins of Pompeii.

Annemarie Dooling

Guggenheim BMW & Urban Sustainability

HuffingtonPost.com | Annemarie Dooling | Posted 10.05.2011 | Arts

A shady street corner park is hardly the place you'd expect to find a lab, but that's what BMW brought to New York City's Houston Street this week. Th...

Uncovering Embedded Patterns of Place in the City

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 09.30.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

2011-07-31-Screenshot20110731at5.20.36PM.jpg Amid the roads, sidewalks and places that you have visited before, there are often embedded patterns to uncover, read and reinterpret.

Assuring Sustainable Third Places in the City

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 09.23.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Will the prime square footage occupied by Borders have similar 'third place' potential once reclaimed? Will replacement uses provide the equivalent fusion business purposes of books, coffee, lecture and song?

Urban Design: A New Way of Practice in a Smaller World

Earl G. Jackson IV, AIA | Posted 09.20.2011 | Arts
Earl G. Jackson IV, AIA

2011-07-21-Screenshot20110721at10.09.50AM.jpgWe strive to exceed our clients' expectations and question how our projects might help shape community identity.