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Urban Planning

Climate Change: Cities in the Global South Can Have an Impact

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 07.13.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

To limit environmental vulnerabilities and protect the urban poor, it is crucial that municipal governments partner with local communities.

The Compelling Promise of Urbanism Without Effort

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 07.13.2013 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

As urban stakeholders -- residents, pundits, developers, associated professionals, and politicians -- we like to discuss and debate aspects of urb...

The Transformative Power of Philanthropy

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 07.09.2013 | Impact
Dr. Judith Rodin

Amazing things happen when you bet on people -- including entire transformations. But with this ability comes great responsibility, in all of our work, to grapple with the big moral questions of our day.

The Digitalization of Cities: Sketching a Future Urban Scenario

Carlo Ratti | Posted 10.01.2013 | Impact
Carlo Ratti

Digitization has a profound effect on cities. Information about urban conditions can be captured in real-time, processed, and fed back into cities, enabling new ways to monitor, understand, and impact them. These transformations are on their way to revolutionize urban life.

How Matatus and Kekes are Improving the Lives of the Urban Poor

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 07.07.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Lack of planning, rapid urbanization, and overcrowding are some of the issues residents face on a daily basis. Many current forms of urban transportation are inefficient, unsafe, and unsustainable. The following examples are from cities attempting to create an efficient and affordable system.

5 Elements That Could Fix What Ails America's Cities

Ben Hecht | Posted 07.03.2013 | Impact
Ben Hecht

Systems in the U.S. that we always thought were going to produce more opportunities for the next generation than they did for the last no longer do so. Many believe that our ability to solve complex problems and make hard choices is broken.

Philanthropy as Backer of Brains

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 07.02.2013 | Impact
Dr. Judith Rodin

There is still no machine that can match the power of human ingenuity to solve truly human problems. And therefore, "backing brains" has always been a key part of philanthropy's strategy.

The Business of Play

Michael Feigelson | Posted 06.23.2013 | Impact
Michael Feigelson

Today, the day before the World Economic Forum conference in Lima, a group of Peruvian kids and their adult allies will make a case for why a childhood free from violence and filled with playful learning is the key to the kind of innovation that can drive economic prosperity in this century.

Movement and Settlement, Upside Down

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 06.22.2013 | Detroit
Charles R. Wolfe

Last week, I participated in the Project for Public Spaces' Placemaking Leadership Council inaugural meeting in Detroit. The event left several impr...

Urbanists vs. Technocrats in Detroit

Mitch McEwen | Posted 06.02.2013 | Detroit
Mitch McEwen

Effectively, what we are seeing in Detroit are two different disciplines -- abstract finance on one hand and urban planning and design on the other -- telling two very different stories about the same city.

San Francisco's Chance for a Great Urban Transformation

Randy Howder | Posted 06.02.2013 | San Francisco
Randy Howder

If the residents of San Francisco were keeping their eyes on the prize of smart development, they would take a fresh look at SoMA and its technologically-savvy businesses as a chance to do something remarkable.

Governor Snyder, A Table-for-One

Farah Ahmad | Posted 03.29.2013 | Detroit
Farah Ahmad

Detroit under the helm of an Emergency Manager may bring back a public bus system and city lights, but what about some of the other things on the table, like Detroit's democracy and sovereignty? When you give something up, sometimes it never returns to the table.

Slums and Service Delivery for the Urban Poor

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 05.28.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Whether due to resource constraints, capacity constraints, lack of urban planning and management, or lack of political will, many cities struggle to keep up with the increasing demand of an exploding urban population.

From Parking Lot to Paradise - the Revenge of Urban Agriculture

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 05.17.2013 | Green
Charles A. Birnbaum

Urban agriculture during my baby boomer childhood in New York City, when postwar agricultural production became increasingly industrialized, amounted ...

How the View From Apartment Windows Affects Your Health and Well-being

Marielle Anzelone | Posted 05.12.2013 | Green
Marielle Anzelone

As much as my sons delight in the tree, sometimes I daydream about less bedraggled alternatives. Instead of accidental, what if our view had been planned and purposeful? In its place could be something more pleasing. Imagine the space of a single street tree transformed into a small-scale woodland.

OMA Chosen to Masterplan Airport City for HIA Airport in Qatar

designboom | Posted 05.11.2013 | Arts
designboom

OMA has been announced as master-planners for 'Airport City,' a new 10 sqkm development where 200,000 people will live and work, connecting the new Hamad International Airport with the city.

Informality: The Invisible Divider Between Urban Residents

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 04.24.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Because residents of informal settlements in Mexico City are under constant threat of eviction, they do not make infrastructure necessary investments, thereby reducing their health and quality of life.

Floating Schools and Green Mortgages: Constructions to Help the Urban Poor

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

As slums, schools, and homes are designed and built in cities across the developing world, the urban poor are making use of new and innovative approaches to construction.

Your Start-Up Life with the Woman Who Remade New York

Rana Florida | Posted 04.20.2013 | Business
Rana Florida

Your Start-Up Life is a business advice column by Rana Florida, Author of Upgrade (McGraw-Hill, September 2013) and CEO of the Creative Class Group. ...

The Key to Humanity's Survival Is 'Multidisciplinary'

Tinia Pina | Posted 10.24.2013 | Impact
Tinia Pina

As cities begin to swell, each space will need to be evaluated on its purpose, design, integration of the natural habitat, sustainability and ability to aid in a city's overall resilience.

Give The Urban Poor Opportunity, Not Just Charity

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 04.11.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Providing the poor and marginalized with employment is the best way to help them lift themselves out of poverty.

New York City Forges Ahead Digitally: 2012 in Review

Rachel Sterne | Posted 04.09.2013 | New York
Rachel Sterne

New York City's digital future is brighter than ever, thanks to landmark advances over the past year in Internet access, education, open data, engagem...

Participatory Budgeting in Year Two: Reinvigorating Local Democracy in NYC

Melissa Mark-Viverito | Posted 03.30.2013 | New York
Melissa Mark-Viverito

After we just completed an election season where democracy was under attack across the country, a movement has sprung up in New York City that seeks to strengthen rather than subvert involvement in the democratic process. It's called participatory budgeting.

Powering Change for the Urban Poor: 'Devils' and Coin-Operated Electricity for Slum Dwellers

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 03.26.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Sustainable, plentiful and affordable energy is a global issue, but it reaches even greater importance in the developing world, where the question of affordability is critical.

Pursuing the Elusive Green Light of Urbanism

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 03.24.2013 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

If places are not implemented with care, and if they leave a sense of the overly artificial and concocted, we may collectively and forever chase The Great Gatsby's symbolic green light at the end of Daisy's pier.