Urban Development

March 31, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>Alleys are a major part of the character of San Francisco, and many parts of the city are trying to embrace these unique aspects of the urban makeup.</p>
The New York Times
March 31, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>The blog post features a list of the top five densest cities in America, and looks at the conditions that have made them that way.</p>
Environmental Graffiti
March 30, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>This article from <em>Metropolis Magazine</em> features a tour of Beijing as it prepares for the Summer Olympics. The scale of development is almost overwhelming, according to author Philip Nobel.</p>
Metropolis Magazine
March 29, 2008, 7am PDT
<p><em>Architect Magazine</em> talks with San Francisco's new planning director, John Rahaim, about the urban planning challenges and issues in the city.</p>
Architect Magazine
March 28, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>In this piece from <em>The New York Times</em> criticizes plans for a railyard redevelopment in Manhattan as overblown and lacking architectural ambition.</p>
The New York Times
March 28, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>Atlanta's ambitious plans for inner-city rail were downsized, as New Urbanist Andres Duany criticized the City's implementation of his vision for streetcars in Midtown Atlanta.</p>
Atlanta Journal Constitution
March 27, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>A major plan to improve Sydney's walkability, urban design and public transit system have been applauded throughout the city. The only problem is figuring out how to pay for it.</p>
The Sydney Morning Herald
Blog post
March 26, 2008, 3pm PDT

We’ve been conducting public meetings for years. And it used to be easier. Present the plan. Discuss the plan. Talk about how your plan is better for the neighborhood/community/city/region and provide the conclusion. But things have changed.  

Barbara Faga
March 26, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>This article from <em>Architect Magazine</em> wonders what coastal cities will look like after the sea level rises.</p>
Architect Magazine
March 26, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>A new report calls on China to cluster its development into "supercities" to obtain greater economic prosperity.</p>
Xinhua
March 25, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Architects are not just architects anymore. Now they are planners, too, and some high profile projects all over the world show that this trend is likely to continue.</p>
Architect Magazine
March 25, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>A policy requiring new commercial developments to include public spaces has created more than a dozen new public places in downtown San Francisco since the 1980s. Some say more effort is needed to make these public places known by the public.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
March 24, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Critic Christopher Hume bemoans the destruction of historic homes in Toronto to make way for new residential condo towers.</p>
The Toronto Star
March 24, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>Luxury residential towers are popping up all over New York City, bringing about what one critic calls the "greatest transformation in the city’s physical identity since the 1960s".</p>
The New York Times
March 24, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>The economic slowdown has caused a slowdown in growth, even in the Salt Lake City area -- recently one of the nation's fastest growing regions. This editorial calls on officials to use the slowdown as a chance to reconsider the area's growth pattern.</p>
The Salt Lake Tribune
March 24, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>New York Times architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff discusses why the impending breakdown of the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn is a harsh blow to urban planning in New York.</p>
The New York Times
March 24, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>If 'superblocks' are so bad, why are we still building more of them?</p>
Streetsblog
March 23, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>A <em>Los Angeles Times</em> columnist hears about the Los Angeles density controversy and sees its implications during a recent drive around town with County Commissioner Zev Yaroslavsky.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
March 22, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>The planning process has taken a little longer than expected for a Chinese investor looking to create Germany's first Chinatown.</p>
Der Spiegel
March 22, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>The town of Slough gets no respect, but it's trying.</p>
The New York Times