Urban Development

January 26, 2009, 2pm PST
Peter Katz and Jay Walljasper pick ten notable suburbs that are breaking the mold and creating new, vibrant communities.
Utne Reader
January 26, 2009, 10am PST
Architect Wes Jones argues that architecture is "an argument for a better world". But the general public doesn't understand how. Neither do most architects, writes Christopher Hume.
The Toronto Star
January 25, 2009, 9am PST
Light reflecting from streets and glass buildings in cities have been found in a recent study to disrupt animal behavior.
BBC
January 24, 2009, 9am PST
San Francisco building codes encouraged the creation of privately-owned, publicly-accessible spaces across the downtown. These spaces have gone underused and are little understood. A new report from SPUR attempts to clear the fog.
Streetsblog
January 24, 2009, 5am PST
Street furniture is a critical part of the urban makeup in cities. New developments in the Middle East are beginning to recognize its importance.
Construction Week
January 23, 2009, 11am PST
Jon Zemke ponders the many possibilities for building a world-class transportation network throughout metro Detroit.
Metromode
January 23, 2009, 9am PST
A massive WWII-era airfield in Berlin has been closed down, but city officials are looking for ways to take advantage of the large space. New ideas abound -- from a proposal for a "red light" district to plans for an artificial mountain.
Der Spiegel
January 23, 2009, 7am PST
The long-term planning principles that have made the National Mall a successful and adaptable public space were in the spotlight during the Inauguration. Cities should take a lesson, argues Christopher Hawthorne.
Los Angeles Times
January 22, 2009, 9am PST
The author of this article offers a few ideas on how to better use our 46,000 miles of highway. From the integration of rail lines to the development of electricity distribution grids, the interstate has more potential than it seems.
Metropolis Magazine
January 22, 2009, 8am PST
Plans for a new school and mixed use development in Brooklyn have neighbors excited about the project filling a need but also disappointed about the new project's height, which they say will ruin their view.
The New York Times
January 21, 2009, 2pm PST
Coriandoline, a housing development in Correggio, Italy, is the first to have been designed primarily by children. The award-winning neighborhood boasts themed houses and "built-in playability."
Radio Netherlands Worldwide
January 21, 2009, 11am PST
Highlights of the Coney Island revival plan include new housing, shops, and recreational facilities--which some say have no place in the historic amusement district.
New York Daily News
January 21, 2009, 6am PST
Growth rates in Waco, Texas, have planners concerned that the region won't be able to afford the necessary roads and services the new sprawl will require.
Waco Tribune-Herald
January 20, 2009, 11am PST
The "new town" of Columbia, Maryland, was built in the 1960s as a model for new growth. The area has remained primarily suburban, but plans for a revitalization district could bring an urban look to this suburban town.
The Washington Post
January 20, 2009, 9am PST
The 2012 Olympics in London -- a one month event three years away -- has already created nearly 30,000 construction jobs.
Building
January 19, 2009, 8am PST
The City of Shanghai has signed on to a proposal from the Walt Disney Company to build a Disneyland theme park in Mainland China.
China Daily
January 19, 2009, 5am PST
The town of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, has grand plans for a new, pedestrian-oriented downtown, but making this idea reality involves getting rid of one large and vocal neighbor: WalMart.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune
January 17, 2009, 9am PST
Barack Obama has announced the three members of the "urban issues" arm of his incoming cabinet. <em>Grist</em>'s Ryan Avent takes a look at Shaun Donovan, Ray LaHood and Adolfo Carrion and what they may mean for urban policy.
Grist
January 17, 2009, 5am PST
The master plan for Salem, Oregon's Pringle Creek Community is ambitious, says Jim Fitzsimons, incorporating mixed-use, sustainable development with the community-enhancing aspects of old city neighborhoods.
Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments
January 16, 2009, 9am PST
The age of iconic architecture may be ending. The recession is a major factor, but much of the shift may be due to changing perceptions about what architecture is supposed to do for a place, according to critic Robert Campbell.
The Boston Globe