Europe

April 11, 2015, 5am PDT
An editorial explains that the fear inspired by shared streets—the idea that pedestrians, bikes, and cars have equal claim to navigate the street without the regulatory layer implemented by traffic engineers—is exactly why they work.
The American Conservative
April 9, 2015, 9am PDT
Researchers at the University of Washington and Humboldt State University have produced evidence value added by birds in urban settings.
UW Today
April 8, 2015, 7am PDT
Yonah Freemark examines U.S. subway systems and notes the lack of "open gangways" (i.e., the space between the cars). Only in the U.S. do doors separate cars. What gives?
the transport politic
April 5, 2015, 5am PDT
The French Parliament has approved legislation requiring commercial buildings to partially cover their rooftops in either plants or solar panels.
Architizer
March 23, 2015, 8am PDT
Paris represents the best of grand architecture and city planning, from the Eiffel Tower to the Champs-Elysées. Yet, underneath these places, are small parks that bring together Paris' diverse populations through the power of play.
Common Place
March 23, 2015, 5am PDT
Paris today made its first use of a drastic plan to improve air quality in the city: ban half of the cars on the road. The ban could continue tomorrow if the current air pollution alert does not improve.
The Independent
March 12, 2015, 2pm PDT
In an interview, architect Renzo Piano says European suburbs are not desolate. He argues they shouldn't be treated as such in the quest for cohesive cities.
WNYC
March 11, 2015, 10am PDT
In a sad turn of events, Frei Otto passed away on March 9, prompting the Pritzker jury to move the announcement of the award up by two weeks. The Pritzker Prize is regarded as architecture's highest honor.
New York Times
March 7, 2015, 11am PST
Caeser Augustus famously boasted "I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble." An architectural historian and urban designer at UCLA now has the model to prove the veracity of the claim.
UCLA Newsroom
March 2, 2015, 2pm PST
Officials in the country of Spain have proposed a crackdown on drunk walking. The effect of the law would be to equate the pedestrian's use of the road with the drivers of automobiles.
Guardian Cities
February 27, 2015, 2pm PST
Urban planners like the nightlife. They like to boogie. But one researcher argues that planners should better understand how to balance the positive and negative effects of a bustling nightlife.
Deutsche Welle
February 11, 2015, 8am PST
Chuck Wolfe underscores the importance of a holistic view of urban places, referencing themes of common experience, aesthetics, feelings of happiness, safety, or security—a basic narrative of the city that often goes beyond first impressions.
The Huffington Post
January 25, 2015, 11am PST
Citiscope examines the organizing and volunteer efforts of citizens in Athens, Greece in response to the country's economic crisis.
Citiscope
January 21, 2015, 5am PST
CityLab examines the cohousing concept—a way of living popular in parts of Europe that has yet to take off in the United States. Could that be about to change?
CityLab
January 20, 2015, 8am PST
Visitors from small islands off the coast of Maine traveled to Samsø, a larger island off the coast of Denmark, to learn how to emulate its transformation into a model of renewable energy.
The New York Times
January 18, 2015, 5am PST
Throwing money at our housing problems is clearly not the answer, but are there ideas from markets in Europe that might work for us?
Rooflines
January 16, 2015, 1pm PST
Two recent studies find evidence of a powerful "neighborhood effect" for economic mobility—especially on the incomes of blue collar and service workers as compared to knowledge and creative workers.
CityLab
January 13, 2015, 8am PST
Waste-to-energy plants, or incinerators, are classified as renewable power plants by the EPA. A controversial Baltimore plant is under construction as well. More common in Europe, they may be catching on stateside due to low recycling rates.
The New York Times
January 13, 2015, 6am PST
After deciding to widen the Autobahn 7 through Hamburg, Germany, local planners also decided cover the highway with parks. The benefits of the plan will include reconnected neighborhoods and noise reduction.
Fast Co.Exist
January 12, 2015, 1pm PST
The atlantalarry blog shares news of a study in the Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence journal that used gelocalized tweets to map out nightlife areas in Madrid, London, and Manhattan.
atlantalarry