Urban Planning

From my perspective on the private sector/developer side, development agreements are incredibly useful tools to ensure a project can be built with confidence, but that doesn’t mean I don’t see the peculiarity of the development agreement as a tool for land use control. Blog Post
Jan 11, 2015   By Reuben Duarte
Mitchell Silver's passionate defense of planning has earned admirers in England, where "a deflated planning profession is on the defensive". Peter Hetherington looks at Silver's advice for how English planners can show their value to skeptics.
Jul 8, 2013   The Guardian
A common question raised by those working in the developing world is whether urban planning is useful in those environments. Since questions often focus on planning of a comprehensive type, they overlook planning's intrinsic value and flexibility.
Jul 1, 2013   The World Bank Group
Dr. Clement Lau, a Los Angeles County Planner, describes what the threatened USC Doctor of Policy, Planning, and Development (DPPD) program meant to him and why he thinks it's worth saving.
Jun 30, 2013   UrbDeZine.com
Rick Cole, former City Manager for the City of Ventura CA, analyzes the upcoming merger of the Department of City Planning with the Department of Building and Safety in the City of Los Angeles.
Jun 13, 2013   The Planning Report
Brookings Institute's “Confronting Suburban Poverty” is generating a lot of buzz. Community development leaders and planners took to Rooflines to voice opinions and critiques of the book, moving its authors to submit a response that you must read.
Jun 12, 2013   Rooflines
Michael LoGrande, Director of the L.A. Department of City Planning, discusses plans to merge his department with the L.A. Department of Building and Safety to approach the planning and development process from a more holistic and efficient angle.
May 10, 2013   The Planning Report
Back in November I wrote about my adventure to create a free massive open online course, TechniCity. The course officially launches on May 4th. Blog Post
Apr 27, 2013   By Jennifer Evans-Cowley
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
In the first entry in an eight-part series, Aparna Piramal Raje explores the challenges facing an urbanizing India that lacks sufficient planning to ease the country's transition from a nation of villages.
Jan 24, 2013   Live Mint
In a recent paper, urban theorist Stephen Marshall rehashes Jane Jacobs's criticism of city planning as a pseudoscience built "on a foundation of nonsense." Can science and design be reconciled to provide planning a more stable foundation?
Dec 7, 2012   Scientific American