Technology companies are increasing their presence in cities, adopting the language of planners, and seeking to create communities. Yet, according to Allison Arieff, the sector does a uniformly poor job of contributing to urban vitality.
Dec 16, 2013 The New York Times
As communities based on proximate and personal relationships decline, the application of term "community" multiplies. Anand Giridharadas looks at the hijacking of the word and what its new applications say about our contemporary culture.
Sep 21, 2013 The New York Times
What has the United States lost in its journey from a nation of communities to a nation of individuals? Resilience, for one, says Scott Doyon, who suggests how we can utilize community design and planning processes to regrow social ties.
Aug 14, 2013 PlaceShakers
Today's suburbs have discarded the human-scaled patterns they once promised. This newly resurfaced series of paintings from Atlanta artist Meg Aubrey will leave you longing for the world we neglected to build.
Apr 16, 2013 PlaceShakers
Haiti has seen improvements since the 2010 earthquake. However, persistent challenges remain. Dave Hampton, architect and international development consultant for natural and built environment integration, writes about one in particular: ravines.
Mar 14, 2013 UrbDeZine.com
Can urban form help address the loneliness that so often accompanies aging? In a new blog post, Hazel Borys examines some remedies for severed connections.
Feb 12, 2013 PlaceShakers
The results of a new poll conducted for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution show that even in a notoriously sprawling metro (and perhaps more so), transit riders have a stronger connection to their neighborhoods and the larger region.
Jan 28, 2013 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Richard Florida speaks with sociologist Zachary Neal, author of <em>The Connected City</em>, a new book that examines the essential role that social networks play in defining community.
Oct 25, 2012 The Atlantic Cities
A free digital toolkit allowing communities to collect, analyze, and share their own data will be launched nationally at the end of the year.
Oct 11, 2012 Fast Company Co.Design
In the triple bottom line of profits, planet, and people, it's people that tend to get the shaft. Scott Doyon lays out seven ways to change that.
Oct 5, 2012 PlaceShakers