Land Use

Hazel Borys chronicles an Arctic expedition adventure, rife with environmental insights. If you ever wondered what it felt like in the olden days to receive dispatches from explorers off in distant mysterious lands, maybe it felt something like this.
1 hour ago   PlaceShakers
As climate talks start and stop in Copenhagen, Anthony Flint argues for local action by affecting the built environment. He calls for more infill redevelopment, saying "we need more city".
Dec 18, 2009   The Boston Globe
You may have noticed that over the past few years we've learned a lot more about how the brain works. This is mostly due to advances in functional neuroimaging (fMRI), which makes brain scanning much less onerous and dangerous (no radiation involved). Researchers are using this new access to the brain to send it through various puzzles and thoughts and seeing where and how the brain reacts.  Josh Greene is an assistant professor at Harvard, and he has used his research to explore questions of moral judgement and decisionmaking. Blog Post
Dec 16, 2009   By Tim Halbur
A floodplain on the Truckee River -- the original site of a famous Nevada brothel -- is being restored to its natural state.
Dec 16, 2009   The New York Times
Like many cities in California, San Diego is struggling to form a policy around the booming medical marijuana dispensaries that have popped up around the city. The first place they're starting is with land use restrictions.
Dec 14, 2009   KPBS
Irrigation canals dating back to the year 1200 B.C. were discovered in Arizona this year, answering a long-asked question about how natives were able to farm the arid land.
Dec 13, 2009   Archaeology
From bicycle highways to a ban on the cul-de-sac, the built environment is the focus of many of <em>The New York Times Magazine</em>'s ideas of the year.
Dec 13, 2009   The New York Times Magazine
Parks officials in Austin, Texas are considering a plan that would allow cell phone companies to lease space within the city's parks where they could build cellular communication towers.
Dec 12, 2009   Austin American-Statesman
The display of yellow ribbons in remembrance of friends and family serving far away goes back hundreds of years. Dr. Gavin Finley has an interesting website on the history. The American Folklore Center at The Library of Congress has more intriguing history and also cites the 1949 John Wayne and Joanne Dru film, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon. Blog Post
Dec 11, 2009   By Dwight Merriam
A recent event organized by Good Magazine, Sheridan/Hawkes Collaborative and The Public Studio brought together about 30 civic-minded designers, planners and architects to come up with some ways to improve the urban environment of Los Angeles. It was a big question to tackle in one afternoon, with a huge array of possible solutions. The crowd was split up into five separate groups and surprisingly, each came up with a similar answer: taco trucks. OK, not taco trucks specifically, but the essence of taco trucks and what they bring to the city. Blog Post
Dec 10, 2009   By Nate Berg
After decades of auto-dependence, the French city of Strasbourg turned its back to the car and built a citywide tram system and street grid that reclaims roads from auto-dominance.
Dec 9, 2009   Next American City