September 25, 2012, 11am PDT
In the first article of a series exploring how the physical structures that support the explosion in digital information are effecting the environment, James Glanz examines the wasteful manner in which technology companies consume energy.
The New York Times
August 26, 2012, 11am PDT
Suffering from widespread blight from foreclosures and absentee owners, a new "unofficial" Facebook page lets Atlanta residents play code compliance officer.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 15, 2012, 9am PDT
Once seen as the vanguard of hip and cutting-edge, Facebook is either bucking the trend once again or being left behind with their plans to bring the city to its suburban Menlo park campus to lure employees.
Chicago Tribune
June 25, 2012, 11am PDT
Tyler Falk reports on new data released by Facebook, mapping the top 5 "social landmarks" in 25 cities from Seoul to São Paulo.
The Atlantic Cities
February 9, 2012, 2pm PST
Silicon Valley real estate agents and residents are primed for the potential rush of "newly minted Facebook millionaires," now that the company is on its way to becoming publicly traded.
The New York Times
October 27, 2011, 9am PDT
Internet server farms suck up enormous amounts of energy keeping all those mainframes cool. So Facebook has announced it will build in Northern Sweden and use only the natural air to chill their facility.
The Telegraph
October 20, 2011, 8am PDT
In early 2012, Facebook will launch a yet-to-be-named app that will allow 800 million users to access home energy usage information provided by their utility company. This 'Social Energy Application' will help users manage their energy.
September 29, 2009, 11am PDT
Mary Newsom recently argued that social networking tools like Facebook and Twitter don't create a "third place". But what if the network is hyperlocal, like within a skyscraper? STACKD is a new site that does just that.
Urban Omnibus
September 25, 2009, 1pm PDT
Can Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace replace the neighborhood bar, cafe, or hangout? Mary Newsom says no.
June 9, 2009, 5am PDT
The City of Santee is using Twitter and Facebook to protest a planned prison expansion on nearby county land.
San Diego Union-Tribune
Blog post
January 24, 2009, 11am PST

Usually planners get involved in the allocation and details of creating both public and private spaces for groups of people engaged in a wide range of variety of activities.

Rick Abelson