Vacant lots in American cities consume vast amounts of land, which many are now recognizing as places of opportunity. Some cities and citizens are transforming once empty urban spaces into vibrant community-fostering places.
Aug 23, 2012 The Nature of Cities
Astrophysicist Adam Frank takes a bird's eye view of the beautiful and perilous ways in which cities - "the defining element of human civilization" - exhibit the laws of thermodynamics.
Aug 22, 2012 NPR
Planners often struggle to define, communicate, and integrate sustainability goals into their plans and everyday practices. Edward Jepson contemplates Chrisna du Plessis’s assertion that the emerging academic field of Sustainability Science -- which offers a pathway for grounding planning practices in analytical, verifiable, and iterative processes -- provides a new paradigm for the profession and a way to make our cities more resilient to change. Exclusive
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Rives Taylor pens an editorial for Urban Land advocating for "engineered resilience", which he describes as "next-generation sustainability" that "adds adaptability and the protection of human life" to planning for the well-being of the planet.
Aug 6, 2012 Urban Land
Scott Doyon discusses the dangers of simplification and the counter-intuitive soundbite, which work against the creation of partnerships that are essential to solving some of our biggest challenges.
Jul 31, 2012 PlaceShakers
As Congress presses to eliminate funding for many of the federal government's sustainable planning initiatives, increased collaboration among agencies around smart growth policies may be irreversible.
Jul 22, 2012 Streetsblog
Upending the adage that nothing gets done in D.C. these days, last week the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) released their long range plans for remaking the Southwest area of the capital, capping two years of intense debate.
Jul 16, 2012 THE DIRT
<em>The Economist</em> takes notice of Houston's efforts to create a more sustainable and attractive city, a not uncomplicated task in the capital of America's energy industry.
Jul 15, 2012 The Economist
Julie V. Iovine laments that while walkability is the watchword of the day, architects have to design what they're hired to design -- and that often means designing iconic buildings that turn a blind eye to pedestrians.
Jun 24, 2012 The Architect's Newspaper
Bank of America is one of a handful of major banks to pump money into green initiatives, where they see an opportunity for new capital and a chance to improve their images.
Jun 13, 2012 The New York Times