May 20, 2009, 6am PDT
White roofs have gained cachet as a solution to the urban heat island effect. But in places where there are more cold days than hot, a white roof that reflects warming sunlight might not make the best sense, according to this piece.
May 19, 2009, 2pm PDT
Metropolis Magazine interviews David Gibson about his new book, <em>The Way­finding Handbook: Information Design for Public Places.</em>
Metropolis Magazine
May 19, 2009, 10am PDT
Two reports have linked patterns of urban development to disaster risk. As urban populations grow, these studies suggest developing countries will become even more vulnerable.
The New York Times
May 19, 2009, 9am PDT
Adam Matthews of GOOD Magazine looks at the $500 homes in places like Buffalo and sees opportunity for new immigrants, which in turn could help turn these places around.
GOOD Magazine
May 19, 2009, 8am PDT
With activities ranging from organized running to the Homeless World Cup, sports are helping to improve the lives of people on the ropes, bringing increased motivation and community-building.
Next American City
May 17, 2009, 1pm PDT
Rick Harrison argues that smart growth looks good on paper, but in application the density creates a whole host of problems.
New Geography
May 17, 2009, 9am PDT
A new study warns that climate change could bring widespread harmful health threats to millions, and that plans for adapting human settlements to climate change need to address social inequities.
May 15, 2009, 10am PDT
Water is predicted by many to be the reason for future conflicts. But are water wars really in our future? <em>SEED</em> magazine asks a panel of experts.
May 14, 2009, 5am PDT
These are just a few of the ways Prof. Peter Bosselman of UC Berkeley analyzes the built environment in his latest book, <em>Urban Transformation: Understanding City Design and Form.</em> Julia Galef brings us this review.
Julia Galef
May 13, 2009, 1pm PDT
Richard Register argues that we can do much more to redesign cities and city functions to reduce energy consumption, primarily by ceasing to plan for automobiles.
Foreign Policy in Focus
May 13, 2009, 11am PDT
This piece from <em>Utne Reader</em> looks at Ecuador's recent extension of inalienable rights to nature and why other countries should follow this lead.
Utne Reader
May 13, 2009, 7am PDT
Buildings are designed to ensure fully mechanized comfort. Architect Terri Meyer Boake argues that designers need to think in terms of a spectrum of comfort in designing the reduced-impact buildings of the future.
May 12, 2009, 12pm PDT
A company called Fastskinz thinks so. They've created a vinyl car wrap based on the aerodynamic evidence from golf balls that an uneven surface creates less drag. Popular Mechanics puts the theory to the test.
Popular Mechanics
May 11, 2009, 12pm PDT
The results are in for the Annual Buckminster Fuller Design Challenge. The winning designs include robo-scooters, biocentres, and a "future map".
Seed Magazine
May 11, 2009, 9am PDT
Jane's Walk is a fledgling yearly festival following in Jacobs' esteemed footsteps. Participants in cities around the world like Winnipeg take people on walking tours of their neighborhoods, illuminating their local urbanism.
Winnepeg Free Press
May 11, 2009, 5am PDT
Recent studies in neuroscience show that the design of the built environment affects the way you feel and your behavior. New brain scan technology is revealing emotional reactions to color choice, rounded corners, and ceiling height.
Fast Company
May 8, 2009, 8am PDT
Controlling fire has never been a strong suit for humans. Now, as climate change sets in, the need for better fire management is becoming dire, according to researchers.
May 8, 2009, 5am PDT
WebUrbanist gathers an extensive assortment of fantastic, futuristic, pseudo-scientific train designs, including a steamship that rolls out of the ocean on tracks.
May 7, 2009, 9am PDT
Advances in material development have brought to the market a new type of concrete that can bend under pressure and heal cracks with the addition of water.
National Geographic
May 7, 2009, 6am PDT
Once the economy bounces back, new office space development will allow for time-sharing and flexibility, said experts at a recent forum hosted by ULI.
ULI's The Ground Floor