Central and South America

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
June 28, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>As part of a new strategy to prevent deforestation in the Amazon, government officials in Brazil have begun seizing livestock that graze on illegal ranches.</p>
The New York Times
June 12, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>Urban farms in Cuba have proven successful at feeding the country and providing hundreds of thousands of jobs.</p>
International Herald Tribune
May 24, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Understanding and improving the Brazilian informal settlements known as favelas will require more information about the slums -- especially in the field of mapping.</p>
Harvard Design Magazine
May 23, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>A group of Indians from the Amazon attacked a government engineer at a recent meeting where he was discussing a proposed hydroelectric dam on the Xingu River that could displace 15,000 indigenous people and destroy traditional fishing grounds.</p>
Associated Press via National Geographic
May 21, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>Under a bold plan from the city's Mayor, the 11 million residents of Sao Paulo, Brazil, are enjoying a city free from outdoor advertising.</p>
Ode Magazine
May 19, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>This article from the <em>Harvard Design Magazine</em> looks at slums in Latin America and discusses the important role they play in their cities. Preserving the positive qualities of these communities is increasingly preferred over slum clearance.</p>
Harvard Design Magazine
May 3, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>The first high-speed train in the Americas -- which will be built by a consortium led by France's Alstom -- will cut travel times between Buenos Aires and cities of Rosario and Córdoba by more than two-thirds.</p>
The Financial Times