January 23, 2009, 10am PST
2008 saw one of the greatest number of deaths worldwide from natural disasters. Factors contributing to the high number of deaths include extreme weather brought about by climate change, as well as rapid urbanization in vulnerable areas.
The Globe and Mail
January 22, 2009, 11am PST
This editorial suggests three strategies to make the American auto fleet more efficient: renewing the hybrid tax credit program (many credits have been exhausted), pursuing a "cash for clunkers program", and increasing the gas tax to supplement CAFE.
The New York Times
January 16, 2009, 11am PST
UC Davis Professor Daniel Sperling, a transportation expert and member of CA's ARB has co-written "Two Billion Cars: Driving Toward Sustainability". In this radio interview, Sperling describes cleaner auto technologies but dismisses transit's role.
NPR: 'Fresh Air'
January 15, 2009, 9am PST
Due to consumers cutting back, the global market for recyclables has collapsed and even begun to cost some cities' recycling programs.
The Christian Science Monitor
January 15, 2009, 6am PST
Want to get kids off the street? Build playgrounds on top of skyscrapers, like in this retro-future design from 1957's Mechanix Illustrated.
Modern Mechanix
January 14, 2009, 11am PST
It's clear that both domestic and international auto companies are gearing up to manufacture all-electric (battery-powered) vehicles, though whether the market goes for them is another story with gas prices at historic lows.
The New York Times
January 12, 2009, 2pm PST
A new study predicts that by the mid- to late- 21st century, scorching summer temperatures may result in massive failures of heat-sensitive crops such as wheat.
The Globe and Mail
January 12, 2009, 5am PST
Through festivals, lighting master plans, and creative integrations of artistic interpretations, cities across the world are harnessing the power of light to reinvigorate neglected areas and renew public interest.
The Christian Science Monitor
January 11, 2009, 1pm PST
In this excerpt from their new book, The Urban Homestead, authors Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen point out all the ways city dwellers can move away from industrial agriculture.
January 11, 2009, 9am PST
Communities aren't going to get a green code implemented, or any code, without that code appealing to developers, says Sandy Sorlien. They're building our new sustainable places and infilling our old ones.
Sandy Sorlien
January 9, 2009, 10am PST
The unexpected plunge in oil prices is leading to declining investments in renewables and may prove politically destabilizing, argues Michael Klare.
January 9, 2009, 6am PST
A new study from SMR Research Corporation reveals that people who live alone use 18% more energy than two-person households, and 30% more than three-person homes. McMansions are, or course, cited as big wasters.
The Ground Floor
January 8, 2009, 12pm PST
As they currently lead the way in designing the most avant-garde projects for overseas clients, American architecture firms must understand the roots of their success to stay afloat .
January 8, 2009, 9am PST
Thirty-story buildings used for crop-growing is a good idea on paper, but the challenges still outweigh the benefits.
The Christian Science Monitor
January 8, 2009, 5am PST
Transit oriented development experts John Renne, PhD, and Jeff Wood recently fielded questions from Planetizen readers about TOD, its current applications and its future.
January 7, 2009, 8am PST
Compared to natural settings, busy urban environments can be detrimental to cognitive functioning and self-control. Well-designed, biodiverse parks are integral to counterbalancing the concrete jungle.
The Boston Globe
January 6, 2009, 2pm PST
Oobject collects examples of instant architecture, temporary structures created mostly for the military to serve as hangars, sleeping quarters, or tactical command posts.
January 6, 2009, 9am PST
Degradation of soils has brought down many human civilizations. Our current industrial agriculture practices threaten the future of human existence. A 50-year farm bill is needed to guide policy on a more sustainable path, according to this oped.
The New York Times
January 5, 2009, 5am PST
Solutions to our global ills can be found in your local neighborhood, says Jay Walljasper. Great examples can be found in communities from South Bend, Indiana to Mississauga, Ontario.
Jay Walljasper
January 3, 2009, 7am PST
The party's over for what started out as a go-go year for architecture, writes Nicolai Ourroussoff.
The New York Times