Urban Design

Urban planner and researcher, C.J. Gabbe, shares insights from his past two years living in Los Angeles, including surprising innovations in planning and development.
6 days ago   Community Builders Blog
Black Rock City is the temporary city initially designed by Rod Garrett in 1997 that springs up for the annual Burning Man festival. Each year the city expands to accommodate more people, but still retains its core utopian characteristics.
Sep 18, 2014   Medium
The accouterments of modern life are heavily designed, replete with ostensible utility. But here's a radical suggestion: "Perhaps we’re solving the wrong problems — or inventing problems that don’t exist — as justification for our excessive output."
Sep 16, 2014   Medium
Part street furniture, part advertisement for public transit, part public art—the designers of a new bus stop installation in Baltimore call it "an obvious bus stop."
Aug 11, 2014   Slate
Parking is at the center of proposed urban design and planning responses a recent melee at Montrose Beach in Chicago, which followed an un-permitted concert.
Jul 25, 2014   Chicago Tribune
Architect Dave Hampton reviews the 2nd annual Urban Sciences Research Coordination Network workshop held June 11 in Chicago.
Jun 27, 2014   UrbDeZine
A new benchmarking report on biking and walking reveals a big hole in this growing movement — many ped-bike advocates rarely talk to urbanists, and vice-versa.
May 21, 2014   Better! Cities & Towns
Welcome to my inaugural post here on Planetizen. It’s mid-May and baseball season is in full swing. Last weekend I was able to watch my beloved San Francisco Giants take on the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Opinion
May 18, 2014   By Reuben Duarte
Birmingham, Michigan; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Providence, Rhode Island; and others that adopted a new urban approach 15 or 20 years ago have transformed themselves.
May 18, 2014   Better! Cities & Towns
Columbia University's Cloud Lab aims to measure participants' brainwaves and figure out their state of mind of as they experience their surroundings.
May 17, 2014   CityLab
As gas prices rise and the hype ramps up again about electric cars as the "solution" to green mobility in cities, I find myself busy once again pointing out that the biggest challenge in cities when it comes to how we get around, isn't about what comes out of the tailpipe of your car. Opinion
Apr 29, 2014   By Brent Toderian