October 7, 2010, 11am PDT
Tim Culvahouse argues that while the widely published and discussed post-Katrina rebuilding project is a worthy undertaking, its designers should take more cues from local building traditions.
September 30, 2010, 11am PDT
Coverage of a Jefferson Parish Council meeting about zoning changes to the Fat City neighborhood to make it a mixed-use community equate New Urbanism with earlier closing times for local bars.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune
September 30, 2010, 5am PDT
Looking back on five years of recovery in post-Katrina New Orleans, Roberta Brandes Gratz bemoans the fact that much of the community-based work remains below the radar.
September 27, 2010, 12pm PDT
To draw attention to unused buildings lying fallow in cities like New Orleans, writer Rob Walker has created the "Hypothetical Development Organization" to render possible future uses and designs.
September 21, 2010, 7am PDT
A new report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development finds that the median price of rental housing in New Orleans has risen from $662 in 2004 to $882 today.
September 20, 2010, 2pm PDT
In this review of the new book "The Trouble with City Planning", Joe Berridge finds that maybe the great thing about planning is its ability to deal with all its contradictions.
September 16, 2010, 8am PDT
The proposed design for a New Orleans medical complex is being directed from state offices, and is out of place from local planning principles, according to findings.
September 12, 2010, 9am PDT
In the wake of the BP oil spill, geographer Richard Campanella of Tulane University takes a look at the geography of New Orleans and the Gulf region, and suggests that the disaster will fuel a renewed discussion of the area's uniqueness.
September 10, 2010, 5am PDT
Efforts to tear down the Interstate-10 Claiborne Expressway, a 2.2 mile section of elevated roadway in New Orleans that many locals and activists have blamed for separating neighborhoods. Neal Pierce says teardowns might begin to grow in popularity.
September 9, 2010, 1pm PDT
In Detroit and New Orleans, open data proponents are pushing local government to share public data in ways that help citizens in these struggling cities to improve their communities.
September 6, 2010, 9am PDT
New Orleans will have to do something about its Claiborne Avenue Expressway in the coming decade, because after more than 40 years of service, it has seen better days and needs renovation.
September 3, 2010, 12pm PDT
The waters that have for so long plagued New Orleans should be reconsidered as an amenity, not a curse, according to this commentary.
August 31, 2010, 11am PDT
Five years after Hurricane Katrina, Amber Angelle reports on some of the steps taken to prepare New Orleanse for the next major hurricane in terms of levees, infrastructure and emergency management.
The Christian Science Monitor
August 30, 2010, 9am PDT
Patrick L. Phillips, CEO of the Urban Land Institute, reflects on the state of rebuilding efforts in New Orleans on the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. He sees an impressive level of planning, momentum and cooperation among stakeholders.
August 25, 2010, 2pm PDT
Architecture critic James Russell tours the homes built in New Orleans' Ninth Ward by Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation and finds a lot to like.
August 18, 2010, 2pm PDT
Researchers estimate that roughly three-quarters of the oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico is still dangerously concentrated in the water, a claim that disputes official word from the government that much of the oil has been safely dispersed.
August 17, 2010, 12pm PDT
Five years after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, the Brookings Institution offers an analysis of the city's recovery. This op-ed looks at the report, which finds the city improving, but with many areas needing increased focus.
New Orleans Times-Picayune
August 5, 2010, 6am PDT
Three design firms offer new ideas for redesigning New Orleans' levees.
July 25, 2010, 7am PDT
A group of activists and planners has released a report showing how tearing down the Claiborne Ave. Expressway in New Orleans and turning it into a boulevard would benefit the neighborhood and the city.
July 13, 2010, 1pm PDT
A teacher in Baton Rouge, LA asked her creative writing class how they would solve the racial division in their city. The class came up with a monorail. "If the bus runs through your neighborhood, you know you're in the hood," explains one student.