One of the most influential pieces of contemporary urban theory I've ever read was a short monograph by Richard Norton entitled "Feral Cities", which appeared in the Naval War College Review in 2003. Norton described feral cities thusly: "Imagine a great metropolis covering hundreds of square miles. Blog Post
Apr 22, 2008   By Anthony Townsend
Many viewers may not fully appreciate movies as a visual story-telling medium, but that fact came home to me dramatically the other night while watching “Juno,” the off beat, smart and funny film that just snagged a best screenplay Oscar. The deliberate use of architecture and public spaces, in particular, was quite effective although you probably won’t find these references in plot summaries or synopses. Blog Post
Apr 21, 2008   By Samuel Staley
From public transit to public parks to public space, this past week brought a lot of interesting and innovative ideas in the world of urban planning. Blog Post
Apr 18, 2008   By Nate Berg
Cities are sized-up, measured and analyzed in countless ways. The Economist uses statistics to indicate how New York’s financial sector is faring against its London counterpart. Richard Florida measures the extant of the creative class. Allan Jacobs carefully records intersection densities and Jan Gehl simply counts pedestrians. Some, like Peter Calthorpe, go beyond the city line and take stock of the whole region. Blog Post
Apr 17, 2008   By Mike Lydon
Can any North American city have a meaningful public discussion about sustainability, about its "green-ness" or ecological footprint, without having the challenging but necessary public discussion about the city's density?  Many are still trying to. Many freely trumpet smart growth and sustainability without the tension and trouble that comes with discussing the "d-word" openly, and thus avoid the necessary heavy-lifting. Blog Post
Apr 16, 2008   By Brent Toderian
I’ve been torn lately between two contradictory perspectives on the state of the country as it relates to providing transportation infrastructure and service. Blog Post
Apr 16, 2008   By Steven Polzin
Long before I arrived here, I've been a fan and student of Vancouver city-building.   Blog Post
Apr 9, 2008   By Brent Toderian
American commercial streets are often designed almost exclusively for cars; streets are often as many as eight or ten lanes wide, lengthening pedestrian trips and encouraging motorists to drive at speeds unsafe for pedestrians. Blog Post
Apr 8, 2008   By Michael Lewyn
Another week has passed, and some more exciting and interesting ideas have taken root in the world of urban planning. Blog Post
Apr 4, 2008   By Nate Berg
I think many planners, in principle, agree that public involvement and grass-roots approaches to planning are necessary. The emphasis on the sheer numbers of people a plan "includes" is only one recent example of our profession’s emphasis on public involvement. But I think deep down, many colleagues see a distinctive split between involving the public and empowering them to implement. Involving is necessary and important to get any plan endorsed. Blog Post
Mar 31, 2008   By Scott Page