History

A new book details the primitive origins of the GPS tracking technologies that are so pervasive in today’s mobile-phone-enabled world.
Apr 15, 2014   Mother Jones
Rather than continually build new towns on the outskirts of today's cities or struggle with creating a sense of place in newly constructed environments, could we resurrect old settlements to connect the old with the new?
Apr 17, 2013   Humanitarian Space
Will French takes a look at the success of Birmingham's downtown revitalization, which – in the absence of a waterfront – embraced its historic railroads, instead.
May 16, 2012   Urban Land
Josh Stephens muses on the modern state of an erstwhile global capital that has kept its aesthetic charms, but lost its <em>anima</em>.
May 16, 2012   Next American City
Christine McLaren considers the history of urban housing in Berlin, and reveals a long-defunct program designed to address a problem faced by countless communities today.
May 3, 2012   BMW Guggenheim Lab
Facadism is often criticized for its awkward juxtapositions, but here are eight of the nicest facadist renovations from around the world, according to Stephen Smith.
Feb 4, 2012   International Business Times
Urbanized is a feature-length documentary about the design of cities, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers.
Sep 23, 2011   urbanizedfilm.com
Frank Gruber asks, "why, not how." Many of the explanations for decline are clear; why it was allowed to happen, less so. Gruber highlights "suspects" of what might have led to cities' destruction.
Aug 3, 2011   The Huffington Post
In classic hill towns, people showed innovation and dynamic placemaking--lessons learned for urbanism in the new century, says Chuck Wolfe.
Sep 27, 2010   myurbanist
Earlier blogs have explored books and journals for finding out about the basics of planning history. Opinion
Jul 3, 2010   By Ann Forsyth