North America

January 31, 2015, 1pm PST
The new Republican-controlled Senate achieved its first major legislative victory on Thursday (Jan. 29) by passing S.1 to authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Five more votes are needed to override a potential presidential veto.
The Hill
January 29, 2015, 10am PST
For a MoMA exhibition about urban inequality, Brooklyn architects SITU Studios documented informal housing in New York.
Arup Connect
January 27, 2015, 1pm PST
And an update from Codes Study about the 600 places that really are upping their game with form-based codes.
PlaceShakers
January 19, 2015, 1pm PST
Dwell small; live large. It's something many passionate urbanists have been working on for a decade. Could 2015 finally be the year small goes big?
PlaceShakers
January 12, 2015, 2pm PST
If we remove our ideological blinders, we might notice that the traditional city serves the interests of both the Left and the Right. Common ground, literally and figuratively. Ben Brown explores.
PlaceShakers
January 11, 2015, 11am PST
The House voted for the tenth time to approve the pipeline, and a split decision by the Nebraska Supreme Court removes a key objection of President Barack Obama to ruling on Keystone XL. The Senate begins debate Monday.
NPR: The Two-Way
January 8, 2015, 7am PST
The Federal Highway Administration has quietly acknowledged the end of the Driving Boom, cutting its VMT forecast by 24-44 percent. This represents a major change in travel forecasting and planning.
U.S. Pirg
January 6, 2015, 2pm PST
What's new for placemaking advocacy in 2015? In short, being an effective communicator is in. Being self-concerned and oblivious is out.
PlaceShakers
December 26, 2014, 5am PST
Recently we noted that Chevron had dropped their Arctic lease due to falling oil prices. With falling gasoline prices, Americans may no longer see the Keystone XL pipeline as urgent. In addition, President Obama appears likely to oppose the project.
The Wall Street Journal
December 20, 2014, 7am PST
The new TOD Index provides solid information on Transit-Oriented Development impact and benefits. It indicates that home values near rail stations outperform the national market, yet they are also more affordable for residents.
TOD Index
December 18, 2014, 8am PST
Recent studies indicate that current planning practices require economically-excessive road and parking supply. This research provides practical guidance to help communities devote less land to vehicles and more land to people.
Access Magazine
December 16, 2014, 2pm PST
Public transport is overall very safe (low crash rate) and secure (low crime rate). However, experts seldom promote transit as a traffic safety strategy, and advocates seldom emphasize safety as a transit benefit. It's time for a new narrative.
Journal Of Public Transportation
December 5, 2014, 7am PST
Creating 'greener' buildings will help address climate change... right?
YouTube
December 4, 2014, 9am PST
After its 2013 announcement of support for the first 33 of the 100 resilient cities, the Rockefeller Foundation has announced its next round of member cities: 35 cities, including six from the United States.
100 Resilient Cities
December 1, 2014, 6am PST
When most people think of New York City, says CUNY planning professor and activist Tom Angotti, they think of Manhattan. This excessive focus on a narrow slice of the greater New York metropolitan area needs to be reconsidered.
Satellite Magazine
November 27, 2014, 9am PST
The Toronto Star picks up on the Urban Land Institute's Emerging Trends in Real Estate report, finding the trend of urbanization in Canada to reflect the trend in the United States.
The Toronto Star
November 24, 2014, 11am PST
Community conversations often devolve. Could it be partly due to the "midlife crisis" of the North American demographic? Can we look forward to a time of more social connectedness in the next decade, as we recalibrate to less "me," more "we?"
PlaceShakers
November 15, 2014, 1pm PST
It's not a foregone conclusion that President Obama would veto a bill expected in the Senate next week to allow the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. But if it were to pass and Obama signs it, would it be built? CNBC investigates.
CNBC
November 15, 2014, 5am PST
In the next few decades, U.S. governments and businesses are predicted to spend trillions of dollars on infrastructure. This is the reality. The question is: how do we get smart about these investments?
Infrastructure Crisis Sustainable Solutions
November 14, 2014, 7am PST
According to researchers and practitioners in the United Kingdom, there's still room for another urbanism. Chuck Wolfe digests the recent Summit on Plot-Based Urbanism from Glasgow.
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