November 8, 2010, 2pm PST
A new study finds that surface topography, not solely an area's underlying geology, contributes significantly to earthquake intensity. Researchers hope that the new information can be easily factored into local planning and design processes.
November 3, 2010, 6am PDT
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is urging for golf courses to be expropriated for other uses, and calling on citizens to make use of abandoned land.
November 1, 2010, 11am PDT
Officials in Peru and Brazil are hoping for a 2011 opening to the Transoceanic Highway between the coasts of the two countries. But some locals worry about what the road will bring once it's completed.
October 14, 2010, 9am PDT
Rio de Janeiro is building a 3.4 km urban gondola in the Complexo do Alemao favelas. The system is on track to be operational by the end of the year.
October 6, 2010, 7am PDT
A $776 million monorail system planned in the Brazilian city of Manaus to ease transportation issue when it hosts the 2014 World Cup has been suspended.
September 24, 2010, 7am PDT
In Haiti, displacement camps full of people left without homes after the devastating January earthquake are becoming more and more permanent. Deborah Gans argues that these sites should be more carefully planned to foster functioning places.
September 22, 2010, 7am PDT
A proposed irrigation project near the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru that would divert water away from small villages has sparked violent protests.
September 11, 2010, 9am PDT
With the next World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics on their way, Rio de Janeiro is in the midst of a vast citywide regeneration campaign.
September 9, 2010, 12pm PDT
<em>Urban Omnibus</em> talks with Swoon, a Brooklyn-based street artist whose work is intended to engage constructed environments.
August 23, 2010, 10am PDT
In a unique collaboration, an American lawyer and a Venezuelan architect merge thinking on holistic design, planning and regulation
August 20, 2010, 6am PDT
<em>The City Fix</em> looks at a new report that focuses on how Brazil can create a long-term benefit from the billions its investing in the 2014 World Cup.
August 18, 2010, 9am PDT
Activists in Brazil took advantage of their country's fascination with the World Cup to take to the empty streets and paint messages encouraging safer use of the roads.
August 16, 2010, 7am PDT
Plans to construct an $11 billion hydroelectric dam in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil has officials excited about the new energy it will create, and some locals preparing to relocate.
August 11, 2010, 5am PDT
Redeveloping the slums of Rio de Janeiro has been on the city's agenda for decades. Despite the many challenges, some new efforts seem to be paying off.
July 30, 2010, 5am PDT
Safe, reliable, affordable and sustainable public transport options could be integral in addressing inequality in Latin America.
July 16, 2010, 1pm PDT
A $10 billion dollar spending spree will improve transit in Cordoba and Buenos Aires, but also between Argentina and neighboring Bolivia. "Funds come from the China Development Bank and will require a 15% match from the Argentinian government."
July 13, 2010, 7am PDT
As Brazil prepares to host the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics, its cities are trying to improve their public transit systems.
July 7, 2010, 8am PDT
Mudslides and unstable housing are common in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro where officials are trying to get people to relocate to safer areas.
June 28, 2010, 5am PDT
Wal-Mart is succeeding in convincing Chicago politicians that it will create sustainable "employment and revenue for the city." The predominantly suburban-based supercenter chain is trying to move into denser urban areas.
June 23, 2010, 10am PDT
Peruvians are painting mountains in the Andes white to try to slow down the melting of glaciers.