World

June 28, 2015, 7am PDT
Peter Apps, a quadriplegic for the past nine years, shares insight into how he evaluates the mobility and access of cities.
Citymetric
June 27, 2015, 9am PDT
The headline from Quartz doesn’t hold back: "Renewable energy just had its best year ever."
Quartz
June 25, 2015, 6am PDT
Pope Francis, sticking to his job description, is out to save the world and all its creatures. Maybe we can help in our own little universes, where we can influence planning and design that makes for swell places and for reduced contributions to GHG.
PlaceShakers
June 25, 2015, 5am PDT
Earlier in June, Google announced the creation of an "urban innovation company" called Sidewalk Labs. One writer explains the genesis of the company as well as its potential for the future of how cities operate.
Pacific Standard
June 22, 2015, 6am PDT
Governments must take correction actions to address climate change, warned Pope Francis in his June 18 encyclical, but cap-and-trade, which places a price on carbon emissions but can lead to speculation, is not one of them.
San Francisco Chronicle
June 19, 2015, 2pm PDT
Pope Francis's unprecedented focus on climate change and the environment includes strong messages for planners and designers of the built environment.
The New York Times
June 18, 2015, 1pm PDT
Honda announced that low gas prices contributed to low demand for the Civic Natural Gas, the only compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered car for sale, the Civic Hybrid, and their first plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle, the Accord.
Wall Street Journal
June 18, 2015, 5am PDT
A new study finds evidence of the benefits of green space for the cognitive development of children.
The Atlantic
June 17, 2015, 10am PDT
Urban planners need to go beyond environment and stakeholder input, taking a stronger role in the development of new technologies to design new urban futures rather than relying on software engineers.
Humanitarian Space
June 15, 2015, 1pm PDT
Do we ever reach a point as a community wherein our problems are behind us? Sorry, but no. If anything, it gets more complicated.
PlaceShakers
June 15, 2015, 8am PDT
In a mover that came to a surprise to United Nations observers, the international body reached agreement on the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, or REDD+, initiative.
Grist
June 14, 2015, 9am PDT
Google, already one of the most pervasive technology providers of urban experiences everywhere, has increased its bet on the smart cities movement.
Cities for the Future
June 13, 2015, 11am PDT
An annual competition to recognize public spaces for their economic and social benefit has announced six finalists.
Architect
June 11, 2015, 10am PDT
The brain has a complex, ancient relationship with place. Mental maps are the manifestation of our brains' perception of place and wayfinding. These maps can have profound impacts on how residents appreciate, and improve, their neighborhoods.
Pacific Standard
Feature
June 9, 2015, 9am PDT
Here's a strange idea that just might work: viewing the planet from afar might offer the perspective necessary to care for and protect our place in the universe.
James Brasuell
June 7, 2015, 1pm PDT
Not every building can be a winner, and some buildings that aspired to greatness fall short in public esteem. Yet maybe some of the buildings that world loves to hate deserve a second look.
The New York Times
June 3, 2015, 12pm PDT
The Plaza can behave as the community living room. Why is this so hard to get right in post-WWII U.S.?
PlaceShakers
Feature
June 3, 2015, 6am PDT
Amid growing skepticism, an international gathering examines the useful benefits for an age of critical urban challenges.
Michael Mehaffy
June 3, 2015, 5am PDT
Biology Professor Paul Ehrlich's 1968 book, "The Population Bomb," took America and the world by storm. The apocalyptic vision based of population outgrowing its resources appeared to make inherent sense.
The New York Times - Retro Report
June 2, 2015, 7am PDT
A new study indicates that the safest urban streets have lanes that measure 10-10.5 feet wide. Narrower and wider lanes have higher crash frequencies, and wider lanes have higher crash severity.
Streetsblog USA