Education & Careers

Feature
June 12, 2013, 4pm PDT
As a new cohort of young planners prepares to enter the field, more than a dozen recent graduates share their insights on how to make the most of a planning education and navigate one of the most challenging job environments in recent memory.
Erica Gutiérrez
Blog post
May 27, 2013, 1pm PDT
Explore how people across the world are working to develop technology enhanced solutions to challenges facing their cities.
Jennifer Evans-Cowley
May 21, 2013, 10am PDT
Norwich, England will soon be home to the "greenest building in the U.K.," reports Mark Wilding.
Building Design
May 18, 2013, 11am PDT
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are an emerging trend in higher education. And for the first time a course dedicated to urban planning made its debut this month. Could this trend transform planning education?
Planners Web
May 13, 2013, 2pm PDT
The recent kerfuffle over Denise Scott Brown’s non-receipt of the Pritzker Prize is just a symptom of a larger problem within the field of architecture, says Sam Lubell. The poor rate of diversity among practitioners reduces its relevance.
The Architect's Newspaper
May 9, 2013, 6am PDT
From Dallas to Denver, Las Vegas to Oklahoma City... and now tiny North Adams, Mass. The wildly successful Better Block model has primarily spawned projects in large urban areas, but small towns are starting to pay attention.
North Adams Transcript
April 24, 2013, 10am PDT
A session at the recent APA National Conference in Chicago gathered together the heads of the major built-environment professional organizations to discuss their unique and shared challenges. One subject was on each head's mind: Water.
ASLA The Dirt
Feature
April 19, 2013, 3pm PDT
In excerpts from an interview with Planetizen contributor Sean Varsolona, Denise Scott Brown of Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates offers insights and provocations on sustainability, New Urbanism, and the social awareness of today’s young urbanists.
Sean Varsolona
April 17, 2013, 2pm PDT
After five rough years, architecture billings are on a sustained upswing. In Chicago, where the number of employed architects dropped 33 percent between 2008-2011, this means firms are staffing up to meet a growing number of commissions.
Crain's Chicago Business
April 15, 2013, 9am PDT
Julia Vitullo-Martin reviews Alexander Garvin's new book, "The Planning Game," which examines four case studies for lessons on how shrewd investments in the public realm can revitalize a city.
The Wall Street Journal
Feature
April 10, 2013, 4pm PDT
After decades of decline, Chicago is reveling in its resurgence as America’s hottest urban center and a “port of the global age.” However, these successes conceal a city struggling with increasing inequality and a planning culture “in retreat.”
Jonathan Nettler
April 10, 2013, 5am PDT
"Minimize description and maximize observation" were among the nuggets of advice delivered by Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Blair Kamin to a recent class of Harvard students eager to learn how to think and write like an activist critic.
Nieman Reports
April 7, 2013, 5am PDT
A recent interview with the acclaimed designer and theorist, and an online petition, have reignited the debate over whether Denise Scott Brown deserved to be awarded the Pritzker Prize along with her long-time collaborator Robert Venturi.
ArchDaily
April 4, 2013, 9am PDT
Jane Bradley traces the rise and fall of Scotland-based RMJM. Since completing its crowning achievement, the new Scottish Parliament building, the firm has expanded and contracted, and been rescued from receivership. Can it ever succeed again?
Scotsman.com
March 31, 2013, 11am PDT
Cities are cool again! The increased interest in urban issues, and rapidly evolving technological landscape, have multiplied the ways in which professionals can create more livable places. Nicole Ferraro looks at ten such positions.
Future Cities
Blog post
March 26, 2013, 5pm PDT
More thoughts on how public participation in the placemaking process can create better places and better functioning democracies.
Jonathan Nettler
March 13, 2013, 5am PDT
Should architects recuse themselves from designing buildings that violate human rights? Raphael Sperry says yes, especially when it comes to two building types that are ethically troublesome: execution chambers and supermax prisons.
The Architect's Newspaper
March 6, 2013, 1pm PST
The passage of the Localism Act gave broad new planning powers to local communities across the UK. A new project seeks to build a bottom-up planning culture to take advantage of new opportunities.
The Guardian
March 4, 2013, 1pm PST
Throughout the history of planning, compelling visuals have been essential to communicating the concepts established in "our most influential plans," says Howard Blackson. That tradition continues in New Urban placemaking endeavors.
PlaceShakers
Blog post
February 27, 2013, 10am PST
How should a statement of purpose for a graduate school application differ from one for an undergrad program? This post outlines the elements of a compelling graduate school statement.
Ann Forsyth