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What India's Ponderous Planners Can Learn... From California

Arun Maira | Posted 05.31.2014 | World
Arun Maira

India must find a way for faster, more inclusive and sustainable growth. This is the goal of its recent Five-Year Plans. Indian democracy, with its rambunctious politics, noisy 24x7 TV channels, and now stirred by social media too, seems unaffected by the ponderous plans of the country's Planning Commission. India needs a better process to guide its long-term progress. Insights from California's Think Long initiative are worth noting.

South-by-South: When to Bypass the Global North

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 05.28.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

South-South Cooperation refers to the exchange of resources, know-how and technology between countries in the Global South. While this transfer is sti...

9 Ideas That Can Change Everything We Think About Cities

The Huffington Post | Carina Kolodny and Ashley Woods | Posted 04.16.2014 | Business

By 2050, a staggering 70 percent of the world's population will live in cities. (Right now it's 51 percent.) That will be about 6.72 billion humans pu...

Everything You've Always Wanted to Know About America's City Parks

Adrian Benepe | Posted 05.27.2014 | Green
Adrian Benepe

Arlington, VA, is going to the dogs and to the seniors who like to stay in shape. Chula Vista, CA, is "sick" when it comes to skate parks. And the most heavily visited park in America is an old freight rail line.

Targeting the Place-Receiving in Placemaking, and Why

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 05.17.2014 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

In the end, we should focus more on place-receivers as the most authentic stakeholders of meaning in the urban experience. If people cannot place-receive with a sense of acceptance and inspiration, placemaking may mean very little indeed.

Phil Ginsburg Brings His Green Heart to San Francisco

Adrian Benepe | Posted 05.14.2014 | San Francisco
Adrian Benepe

A closer look shows that San Francisco's parks stand up very well to New York's. In fact, San Francisco may be a national leader among cities for its innovative management and ambitious plans.

You Can Do What You Love in Detroit

Lisa Diggs | Posted 05.13.2014 | Detroit
Lisa Diggs

People often say "do what you love and the money will follow." Maybe it will and maybe it won't, but why does doing what you love have to be tied to a job? How about just doing what you love as a way of living life? The opportunities for to live that philosophy are abundant in Detroit.

Can Slums Be Used as Laboratories for Urban Improvement?

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 05.11.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Slums in the Global South are often used as "laboratories of urbanism," where initiatives are experimentally "tried out." While this approach encourages self-invention in slums, it can also be highly controversial to use informal communities as experimental territory.

Rem Koolhaas: How China Plans To Inhabit Its Future

The WorldPost | Nathan Gardels | Posted 12.02.2014 | World

Rem Koolhaas is the Pritzker Prize winning architect of such buildings as the CCTV tower in Beijing and an urban theorist whose books include "S M L X...

Creative Age Cities

John M. Eger | Posted 05.09.2014 | Arts
John M. Eger

What makes people creative and innovative is still being debated. Clearly our schools and the educational curriculum must change. But what too, about the communities where young people spend more than half their lives and where their families, friends and fellow citizens live and work. Communities, indeed whole cities, need to reinvent themselves.

Reimagining Cities

John M. Eger | Posted 04.21.2014 | World
John M. Eger

According to the New Cities Foundation, a new independent non-profit with offices in Geneva and Paris: " Over the next decade, some $ 250 billion wil...

Spike Is Right! Crooked Landlords Terrorize Brooklyn Tenants (Pt 1)

Antonia Marrero | Posted 05.05.2014 | New York
Antonia Marrero

This development has brought incredible resources to the area, but the rent-regulated homes of Williamsburg are being systematically and violently dismantled by crooked landlords.

Why Urban History Matters

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 05.04.2014 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Going forward, let's not discount the influence of history's recurring themes in how we redevelop the urban realm.

What's The Benefit Of Living In A 'Gayborhood'?

Posted 02.19.2014 | Gay Voices

The sociological and economic benefits of urban "gayborhoods" -- loosely defined as neighborhoods in which many gay men and lesbians concentrate -- wa...

Clogged Metropolitan Arteries

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 04.12.2014 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Besides the negative effects on the wellbeing of their populations associated with traffic congestion and time spent on transportation, the latter mean economic losses in terms of waste of human and material resources.

Boiling It Down: Way Out West

Harold Nonken | Posted 04.11.2014 | Comedy
Harold Nonken

The right to bear arms is enshrined in the Constitution. It made a great deal of sense, at a time when people were saying, "Give me a home where the b...

The Architectural Legacy of the Modern Olympics: A Low Medal Count

Paul Gunther | Posted 04.07.2014 | Arts
Paul Gunther

As architects and design lovers look forward accordingly, it is worth taking stock of the minute pantheon of enduring architectural excellence that has resulted from these seasonally alternating quadrennial attention-grabbing place makers.

When Words Lose Their Meaning at the Edge of the City

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 04.06.2014 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

The age-old questions of urban boundaries and city walls matter less today in a physical sense, but photographs have suggested that the political overlay of region, cities and neighborhoods still keep visible form, however counterintuitive.

How to Reduce Pedestrian Fatalities In NYC

Harris Silver | Posted 04.02.2014 | New York
Harris Silver

A number of high-profile pedestrian deaths has put pedestrian safety on the public's radar and on our new mayor's agenda.

How Can We Build Better Cities? 4 Urban Experts (Including a Chef) Weigh In

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

What might cities in the Global South look like in the future, and what will it take to turn ideas into reality? Meet four innovative urban experts who shared with URB.im their knowledge, vision(s) for their cities, and the challenges they face in bringing about change.

Urban Blending and the Mythical Search for 'Congruity' in the City

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 10.28.2014 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

For many, a dramatic contrast in height, bulk and density is the recipe for "incongruity." But, in a larger sense, don't today's urban centerpieces by definition show the latent "incongruities" of city life?

You Say You Want a Public Hearing?

Tom King | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Tom King

A lot of historic post offices are redundant or inefficient as mail-handling facilities, but they're often architectural gems and more importantly, they're treasured by the communities they serve. It's a problem to which there is probably no ready solution, and each case doubtless presents unique characteristics.

2013 a Year for Green Accomplishments: Looking Ahead as New Mayors Take the Helm

Adrian Benepe | Posted 01.16.2014 | Green
Adrian Benepe

If 2013 was the "year of the bike share," will 2014 see continued growth in both the number of bikes and riders? Or will the novelty wear off and costs go up?

The Image of Urban Vitality: Is It Really Just Skyscrapers?

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 03.18.2014 | Green
National Trust for Historic Preservation

By Mike Powe and Jeana Wiser, Preservation Green Lab View of Manhattan from Brooklyn. When you picture the heart of a thriving city, what image com...

Bringing Urban Infrastructure to Communities On the Margins

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 03.11.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Informal settlements are especially underserved when it comes to infrastructure, and they often lack recognition from the government as well as the means to access necessities like clean water or healthcare.