April 29, 2011, 12pm PDT
To save $1 million a year, the mayor is folding the Planning Department into the department in charge of processing building permits.
April 22, 2011, 1pm PDT
The U.S. often gets a bad rap for its sprawling suburbs and unplanned development, but Robert Kwolek notes that many European cities and other parts of the world aren't far behind.
Sustainable Cities Collective
March 14, 2011, 8am PDT
Bus rapid transit (BRT) is often the most feasible, quickly implemented and cost-effective way to improve mobility in the United States, concluded a distinguished panel of transport experts at a Brookings Institution event.
March 1, 2011, 2pm PST
Will digital communications make cities obsolete, or can online connections actually complement the face-to-face interactions and the cities that support them?
February 27, 2011, 11am PST
As popularity of "temporary urbanism" initiatives rises, there are increasingly efforts to regulate these sites. Jonna McKone of TheCityFix analyzes the trend.
January 30, 2011, 1pm PST
The Domino Effect is a new documentary film that explores the process of real estate development in New York City to uncover the complex networks of banks, developers, politicians, and non-profit organizations that shape our cities.
December 2, 2010, 8am PST
Over the past 30 years, the overgrown Iranian capital has arrived at unhealthy levels of air pollution and traffic congestion, but with the installation of a metro, BRT system, and bike rental program seems to be heading in a new direction.
November 15, 2010, 1pm PST
A new essay by Thomas Fisher details Frederick Law Olmsted's lesser known work in the realm of public health and sanitation.
The Design Observer Group
November 6, 2010, 7am PDT
The Expo’s stated theme was “Better City, Better Life,” and organizers boasted it was the first World’s Fair devoted to the contemplation of cities.
October 13, 2010, 12pm PDT
A variety of controversial planning policies and high-profile development projects in Melbourne have led to widespread resident frustration, reports The Sydney Morning Herald. Could planning issues change the city's larger political equation?
The Sydney Morning Herald
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 10, 2010, 6am PDT
Some economists are warning that China's building boom is actually a bubble that is soon to burst.
July 29, 2010, 7am PDT
Chinese urban sprawl has the potential to be transformed into urban sustainability.
July 21, 2010, 10am PDT
Chuck Wolfe discusses the challenge of finding a more marketable term to encompass all of the prevailing theories of "transit-oriented development", "walkability", and "liveability." His suggestion? Urbandwidth.
May 21, 2010, 11am PDT
Navi Mumbai was a planned community built in the 1960s to reduce congestion in the city. The design catered only to the rich, with a golf course and upscale residential development. With a mandate to get more diverse, Navi Mumbai is at a loss.
May 3, 2010, 6am PDT
April 27, 2010, 5am PDT
David Prowler, a former San Francisco planning commissioner, says that the public process of the city fails to engage the people of the community.
April 1, 2010, 1am PDT
In this editorial, blogger Kevin Buchanan argues that a Fort Worth streetcar is being delayed by political forces and should move forward for the benefit of the community.
March 29, 2010, 9am PDT
Planners at the Town of Cary, North Carolina were tasked by the mayor to make their complex planning process more accessible. In January, they launched a new website that allows developers to play out scenarios on their parcel to see what could work there. Planetizen interviews the people who made it a reality.
March 2, 2010, 2pm PST
Builders can't get credit but they may get jobs from banks, who, because of foreclosures, have unfinished homes that they need help completing.