World

April 15, 2009, 8am PDT
This post features highlights from "Urbanisms Inc.," a forum on urban theory in New York City that took place on March 30.
The New York Times City Room Blog
April 14, 2009, 11am PDT
Reports have long linked higher cancer rates to different racial groups, but a new study suggests that location may play a more significant role in the prevalence of the disease.
American Cancer Society
April 14, 2009, 8am PDT
Researchers at Duke University are advising Congress to develop zoning rules for the oceans that will guide where offshore energy generation can and should occur.
The New York Times
April 10, 2009, 9am PDT
With years of drought, recent deadly fires, outbreaks of pests and a multitude of other problems, Australia is becoming the poster child for what effects global climate change will have.
Los Angeles Times
April 10, 2009, 5am PDT
The number and average heights of skyscrapers erected in 2008 are the highest ever thanks to a “lag effect” in the market and a shift toward sustainability.
Architectural Record
April 8, 2009, 12pm PDT
Sara Robinson of the Campaign for America's Future outlines in the first of a series of articles why we simply won't be able to "return to normal."
Campaign for America's Future
April 8, 2009, 6am PDT
Painting roofs white could have a major impact on global carbon emissions, according to three scientists. But what may seem like a wacky idea has years of data to back it up.
Miller-McCune
April 8, 2009, 5am PDT
The P.U.M.A. is an experimental prototype that takes Segway technology and fits it to a two-person commuter car frame.
Boing Boing
April 4, 2009, 9am PDT
Online sources for house plans are cutting the architect out of the home building process. One site is now making available the plans of well-known architects like William Turnbull.
Fast Company
April 4, 2009, 5am PDT
Apropos to the debates dominating the G20 conference in London, former U.S. Trade Rep and Commerce Secretary Mickey Kantor argues for trade as the centerpiece of economic and environmental sustainability.
The Planning Report
April 3, 2009, 5am PDT
According to this opinion piece, planners must ease up on "big bang" planning--an approach centered around sweeping changes with fixed ideas of what the outcome must look like.
Archinect
April 1, 2009, 2pm PDT
It has been revealed that the White House's Urban Affairs Agenda is entirely based on a late-night round of the computer game "Sim City", played by President Barack Obama and Urban Affairs Secretary Adolfo Carrion.
Planetizen April 1st Edition
April 1, 2009, 1pm PDT
The economic recession has caused a shakedown in the retail sector, and retail powerhouse Wal-Mart has been forced to close many outlets. One city has found an innovative solution to the empty big box building left behind: put in a new Wal-Mart.
Planetizen April 1st Edition
April 1, 2009, 11am PDT
The entire $8 billion set aside in the federal stimulus plan for high speed rail has been dedicated towards improvements on the Disneyland Monorail, a 2.5-mile train system in Anaheim, California.
Planetizen April 1st Edition
April 1, 2009, 10am PDT
Bradley Archer, a long-time champion of New Urbanist principles, spends nearly every waking hour finding a way to get two, maybe three, uses out of everything.
Planetizen April 1st Edition
April 1, 2009, 9am PDT
Officials at the U.S. Census Bureau announced today that foreclosed homes had seen such an increase in numbers over the past two years that they would be included as an official race in the upcoming 2010 Census.
Planetizen April 1st Edition
April 1, 2009, 8am PDT
Officials in Shelbyville, Kentucky are officially adopting a citywide "Stupid Growth" policy. The city plans to release the new Shelbyville Stupid Growth General Plan, which emphasizes "building whatever."
Planetizen April 1st Edition
April 1, 2009, 6am PDT
Legendary gigantic lizard monster Godzilla has been named planning director for the city of Tokyo. Shortly after his appointment, Mr. Zilla revealed his urban renewal program by smashing through buildings and stomping across entire city blocks.
Planetizen April 1st Edition
April 1, 2009, 5am PDT
The public comment period at a recent planning commission meeting in Wheaton, Illinois was commandeered by resident Joann Davies, who aggressively demanded that a variety of land uses be approved in her neighborhood.
Planetizen April 1st Edition
March 30, 2009, 12pm PDT
This report from <em>KQED</em> radio looks at efforts to craft a replacement for the Kyoto Protocols.
KQED