Alex Schmidt looks at efforts to re-'train' L.A. drivers to use the city's growing rail network. Planners are focusing on rezoning areas within a 10-minute walk from stations, but face obstacles in blending density with single-family districts.
May 2, 2013 NPR Morning Edition
Much of the future built environment will be determined by how commercial sites are developed, says Robert Steuteville. And it's up to cities and towns to demand better retail designs.
May 2, 2013 Better! Cities & Towns
The divergent routes to approvals for two apartment complex developments just a mile apart show how important it is to engage both government and the surrounding community early in the process.
May 1, 2013 The Washington Post
To accomodate America's expected population growth by 2050, the country will need to build up to 74 million new homes. This challenge presents a unique opportunity to reshape our urban environment, says Enrique Penalosa, the former mayor of Bogota.
May 1, 2013 Urban Land
Joel Kotkin is on a roll in the past few weeks, making the case that the revival of cities and decline of suburbs is a fraud — but his argument ignores the facts, argues Robert Steuteville.
Apr 30, 2013 Better! Cities & Towns
Urban design studios and a plethora of new data demonstrate the value of successful placemaking. Howard Blackson sees these as key components of future municipal planning.
Apr 29, 2013 PlaceShakers
Michael Kimmelman examines the race to rebuild and redefine post-revolutionary Cairo, where residents are recreating the city and civic society, and reclaiming public spaces, from the bottom-up.
Apr 29, 2013 The New York Times
"One of the reasons Amsterdam feels so cozy," says my workmate as we walk along busy Vijzelstraat on a sunny Saturday afternoon, "…is that everything is moving so slow." For a packed city street with throngs of people, bicycles of all configurations nipping alon Opinion
Apr 28, 2013 By
Architect and town planner Galina Tachieva sits down with New Urbanism innovator Andrés Duany to discuss the big and small topics on his mind today: lean urbanism, successional urbanism and the Transect, the orthodoxy of the small block, and more.
Apr 28, 2013 Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments
A speculative master plan for Chicago's West Loop would add a new layer to downtown's complex multi-level weaving of street strata and infrastructure with a highway cap park.
Apr 24, 2013 The Architect's Newspaper