Central and South America

February 28, 2009, 11am PST
A new plan is taking form in Brazil to regularize titles to rainforest land -- an effort the government hopes will fight deforestation.
The Economist
February 6, 2009, 5am PST
Architect Oscar Niemeyer has released plans to build new iconic buildings near the UNESCO-protected cultural and government center he designed in Brasilia 50 years ago. But locals have voiced opposition.
Associated Press
January 30, 2009, 5am PST
Traffic is a nightmare in Cali, Colombia, the Latin American country's third-largest city. But a massive redesign is taking place, with German transit efficiency guiding the way.
Der Spiegel
January 23, 2009, 8am PST
Landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx, featured in a new exhibition in Rio de Janeiro, used the principles of cubism and abstraction to create modern landscapes using native tropical plants.
The New York Times
January 12, 2009, 10am PST
As U.S.-Cuba relations evolve with a new presidential administration, author Richard Louv argues that officials should be careful about relying on commerce to save the country's decaying urban areas without preserving them.
Citiwire
January 6, 2009, 12pm PST
Plans to erect a concrete "eco barrier" around Rio's slum areas being heavily criticized by human rights activists and environmentalists.
Guardian (UK)
December 20, 2008, 5am PST
With urban farms sprinkled throughout the island, Cuba is proving to be one of the world's most successful models of how to integrate agriculture into urban areas.
Reuters
December 1, 2008, 1pm PST
A South American building boom can be credited for the steady demand for projects by American architecture firms.
Architectural Record
November 7, 2008, 5am PST
An organism discovered in the Patagonian rainforest produces a mixture of chemicals similar to diesel.
Guardian.co.uk
Feature
November 3, 2008, 5am PST

On the first day of summer, Saturday, June 21, 2008, sixty urban planners, environmentalists, public health experts, artists, and community activists boarded Amtrak’s Surfliner at Union Sta

James Rojas
October 29, 2008, 5am PDT
Demand for hotel construction in the Caribbean is fueling the destruction of sandy beaches, which are being hauled away by the truckload.
The Globe and Mail
October 24, 2008, 12pm PDT
Plunging oil prices are hitting three oil-producing countries the hardest: Venezuela, Iran, and Russia. This article looks at each of them and evaluates how they will fare if oil prices do not rise, including their relationships to the U.S.
The New York Times
October 17, 2008, 5am PDT
As construction begins on two large dams in the Amazon, thousands of indigenous people grapple with the prospect of the coming flood and the loss of their land, while environmentalists continue to oppose the construction.
The Washington Post
October 4, 2008, 11am PDT
The historic centers and plazas of Latin American cities are often viewed as prime prospects for preservation in the hopes of increasing tourism. Often this preservation has a negative affect on locals, but things are beginning to change.
Land Lines, Lincoln Institute Of Land Policy
Feature
October 2, 2008, 5am PDT
Cars dominate cities, especially in America. But as many cities in other countries have found, removing cars can turn busy streets into lively public places. Now the U.S. is starting to catch on.
Nate Berg
September 30, 2008, 1pm PDT
A new constitution has been approved in Ecuador, and among its amendments are specific articles that grant inalienable rights to nature.
The New York Times
September 2, 2008, 6am PDT
In an agreement with fellow socialist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, former London Mayor Ken Livingstone has accepted a position in Caracas to advise the city on improving its transportation and crime issues.
The Guardian
August 31, 2008, 1pm PDT
Anthropologists have discovered traces of highly organized and gridded cities in the Amazon rainforest dating back to the 1200s.
National Geographic
August 28, 2008, 9am PDT
Urban gardening is spreading to Mexico City, resurrecting an ancient history of growing produce in the city.
The Christian Science Monitor
July 13, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Globalization has spurned a renaissance in the formerly crime-ridden Colombian city of Medellin. But some worry that the city's improvements may only be temporary.</p>
The Washington Post