Tara Haelle examines the growing consensus among scientists that environmental factors, rather than genes or sloth, are the primary cause of childhood obesity. The onus is on planners and policy makers to create environments that nurture health.
Apr 15, 2013 Scientific American
The subject of a recent summit hosted by software maker Esri, Larry Greenemeier explains the application of Geodesign to help predict and manage the increasingly complex intersection of design, land use, ecology, and climate change.
Jan 27, 2013 Scientific American
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
A new report released this week seeks to address whether the "urban health advantage" can be extended to more of the world’s population as cities continue to grow in the coming decades, reports Katherine Harmon.
May 31, 2012 Scientific American
So you think cars are to blame for L.A.'s air pollution problems? That might be bull excrement, literally, reports David Biello.
May 11, 2012 Scientific American
In this excerpt from her new book, "Before the Lights Go Out" author Maggie Koerth-Baker warns of the converging crises of peak oil and climate change on suburban areas.
Apr 3, 2012 Scientific American
Author William Gibson talks to Scientific American about how "the future's arrived," and the many ways you can see the future around you.
Aug 31, 2011 Scientific American
Suburban areas don't necessarily equate with car-dependence, according to some New Urbanist plans for far-out areas. But convincing residents to opt for transit can be a challenge.
Aug 19, 2011 Scientific American
Scientific American presents evidence that "high density living" is hardwired in humankind, and as populations grow, density increases.
Aug 18, 2011 Scientific American
As part of a special issue, Scientific American magazine examines the science of "Better Smarter Cities."
Aug 17, 2011 Scientific American