In response to a recent polemic by Witold Rybczynski against the global proliferation of iconic but disconnected projects by starchitects, the New York Times hosts a debate that addresses the question: Are superstar architects ruining city skylines?
Yesterday New York Times
In the new normal, an affordable lifestyle is suddenly of interest to a larger circle of us. Here's what some interesting innovators are doing about it, between now and when our politics and legal structure fully align with our needs.
3 days ago PlaceShakers
A new RAND Corporation study models motorization growth rates and saturation levels, and identifies potential policies to encourage more efficient transportation in developing countries.
4 days ago The Future of Driving in Developing Countries
At the Serious Gaming workshop held in South Africa, game-maker Tygron showcased their game "The Climategame" and examined game play for lessons in how planners might improve their professional practice.
6 days ago Future Cape Town
Michael Demkowicz says that steel, aluminum, and concrete are among materials we understand least, but all have big possibilities for engineers.
Jul 23, 2014 MIT Spectrum
An app that plots the most beautiful route across cities made news earlier this month, but one commenter worries about how taking the more scenic route could make it harder to improve quality of life in the "less-than-scenic" sections of cities.
Jul 22, 2014 TheCityFix
A new report by the United Nations projects the growth of the world's urban population, which is expected to surpass six billion by 2045.
Jul 21, 2014 Quartz
Life is hard. So are baseball, soccer, and a bunch of other stuff that require making good enough guesses to size opportunities and duck calamity. With apologies from Ben Brown for beating up on David Brooks.
Jul 21, 2014 PlaceShakers
Planetizen blogger and professional planner Steven Snell pens another dispatch for Fast Forward Weekly. This time he explains the "Slow" ethos—slow food, slow homes, and, yes, slow cities.
Jul 19, 2014 Fast Forward Weekly
What are all the elements that make people more likely to successfully come together? It's complicated, but here are a few.
Jul 18, 2014 PlaceShakers