After two decades of pushing the boundaries of what it means to build a community (both physically and spiritually), the annual Burning Man festival has a lot to teach municipalities about providing services and fostering participation.
Aug 21, 2012 Shareable
Following on historic new powers granted recently to cities across England, RIBA and ResPublica have published a new paper arguing for greater collaboration with local communities in neighborhood planning, writes Irina Vinnitskaya.
Jul 11, 2012 ArchDaily
Will Doig reflects on the scourge of public micromanagement that has "essentially become an official part of the urban planning process in many cities," and explores the psychology behind anti-development activism.
May 29, 2012 Salon.com
The City Council of Vallejo, California, approved the first city-wide Participatory Budgeting process in the US this week. Residents will directly decide how to spend around $3 million from new sales tax revenue.
Apr 20, 2012 Times Herald
Claire Thompson profiles Neighborland, an online urban planning platform that aims to promote organic conversations that can build momentum and facilitate connections around improvement projects.
Apr 5, 2012 Grist
Our profession relies on logical analysis of accurate data.
There are an amazing number of ways to go wrong.
Mar 21, 2012 By
Shriya Malhotra explores the potential for participatory mapping to manage the complexities of cities in the 21st century.
Mar 9, 2012 The City Fix
John K. McIlwain breaks down the recent explosion in the "65-or-better" population – and what it means for urban regions.
Mar 2, 2012 Urban Land
As proposals for the large-scale development at Brooklyn Bridge Park come in, some members of the public are crying foul over a perceived lack of transparency and public involvement during a recent meeting.
Dec 1, 2011 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Attach a digital camera to a balloon or kite, and what do you get? An easy tool for public participation in land use decisions, says Eymund Diegel of the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science.
Nov 8, 2011 The Mobile City