For the third time since 2000, the federal government has issued a National Climate Assessment, as mandated by Congress in 1990, to “understand, assess, predict, and respond" to climate change. The report was approved by President Obama on Tuesday.
May 6, 2014 The New York Times
In the celebratory spirit of Cinco de Mayo, Scott Doyon invites you to let your freak flag fly.
May 6, 2014 PlaceShakers
The idea of cars that would drive themselves has only recently moved from science fiction to reality. In this feature, Antonio Loro explores the feasibility and implications of automated vehicles, especially self-driving taxis. Exclusive
May 6, 2014 By
A Dutch design for a protected intersection goes beyond the "mixing zone" to create safer multi-modal conditions in intersections on streets that include protected bike lanes. Do you think it will work?
May 5, 2014 Greater Greater Washington
A quick city planner's guide to the voluminous Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report out earlier this month.
May 2, 2014 PlaceShakers
Drawing heavily on comparisons to the booms and busts of American cities, a writer describes the perfectly-preserved, abandoned, virtual cities of the popular online game World of Warcraft.
May 1, 2014 AV Club
The word “ecology” has been co-opted so widely that it has lost real meaning, yet ecological thinking remains a powerful lens for understanding complex adaptive systems. A new book aims for a more rigorous engagement of ecology and design.
Apr 30, 2014 Places Journal
Planners, lawyers and homeowners have been arguing the question of "solar rights" for two millennia. A recent article presents a primer on the historic and contemporary importance of the debate.
Apr 29, 2014 Salon
It's common knowledge that taking a walk can help get the creative juices flowing—but a new study by researchers at Santa Clara University claims to have proven it.
Apr 28, 2014 Los Angeles Times
What is the best height to promote good urban living? It needs to be high to attain necessary density but not so high that it detracts from the quality of life, particularly for existing residents. In short, what is the Goldilocks height level?
Apr 26, 2014 The Guardian