Exclusives

Blog post
21 hours ago
Research in cognitive sciences is dictating that we can no longer rely on the presentation of scientific facts when building policy.
Steven Snell
Feature
June 19, 2006, 7am PDT

In "Better Models for Development in Pennsylvania", author Ed McMahon outlines the best ways to harness inevitable urban growth and development without sacrificing a community's character,

Tom Kane
Feature
June 13, 2006, 7am PDT

With Sprawl: A Compact History, author Robert Bruegmann has become a favorite sprawl apologist, yet his flawed arguments and dismissal of the most serious concerns of the anti-sprawl moveme

Josh Stephens
Feature
June 12, 2006, 7am PDT

In Glasgow, Scotland, a new Master's course in urban design at the Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde, infuses European planning with a much-needed sense of history and h

Dr. Wolfgang Sonne, Dr. Ombretta Romice
Feature
June 7, 2006, 7am PDT

From June 1st through 4th, a cadre of 1,500 students, professionals, intellectuals, and activists descended upon Providence, Rhode Island, for the Congress for the New Urbanism's (CNU) four

Mike Lydon
Feature
June 6, 2006, 7am PDT

A comparison of six 19th- and 20th-Century authors shows that the complex character of urban areas can be interpreted in ways beyond physical experience, as exemplified by the language used

Lainie Herrera
Blog post
June 6, 2006, 4am PDT
There's been an increasing number of urban projects breaking out the paint brushes as a low-cost means of improving cities. As stated by Jaime Lerner, former Mayor of Curitiba, for every zero that is removed from a city budget, the more creative solutions become. It seems these examples represent areas with extremely limited budgets. Object Orange is a public art project in Detroit that is calling attention to blighted structures through the use of bright orange paint. It seems their efforts have resulted in their desired outcome - increased demolition of unsafe structures.
Scott Page
Feature
June 5, 2006, 7am PDT

Want to get cleaner businesses that pay high wages and attract better retail? Think greenways and culture before tax breaks and roads.

Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP
Feature
May 31, 2006, 7am PDT

How deeply does the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA -- one of the oldest statewide environmental laws -- impact urban planning in California?

David Gest
Feature
May 30, 2006, 7am PDT

Planetizen Correspondent Erik Kancler interviews Bob Stacey, Executive Director of 1,000 Friends of Oregon, on the need to restore progressive land use planning practices in the state.

Erik Kancler
Blog post
May 23, 2006, 11am PDT
The always-rewarding Bldgblog has a fun interview with Mike Davis, who wrote the iconic history of Los Angeles City of Quartz. Davis is flacking a new book, Planet of Slums
Feature
May 23, 2006, 12am PDT

How deeply does the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA—one of the oldest statewide environmental laws—impact urban planning in California?

Cate Miller
Feature
May 15, 2006, 7am PDT

American Dream Or Bust

Anthony Flint
Feature
May 8, 2006, 7am PDT
Oregon's Measure 37 has inspired a national property rights movement to restrict local regulatory takings and dramatically reduce eminent domain powers, writes Leonard Gilroy, AICP, in this Op-Ed.
Leonard Gilroy, AICP
Blog post
May 2, 2006, 5pm PDT
Next weekend -- that'd be May 6-7 -- a bunch of GPS geeks are going to map the entire Isle of Wight, off England. Not much on the Isle, apparently, but whatever's there is gonna get mapped. Says the New Scientist blog:

These high-tech cartographers will drive, cycle and ramble all over the island, using their GPS receivers to record the co-ordinates of roads, natural landmarks and points of interest. They'll use this data to create a completely digital map which will be available online to anyone.
Blog post
May 1, 2006, 8am PDT
Building on the Google thread here started by Chris, this Geo-Tracing site was brought to my attention that links google mapping with individually uploaded content. Its, as I see it, the next iteration of Found City and other geo-tagging sites. Very interesting combination of technology to provide a sense of experience and place in cities that is often hard to capture on screen. As stated from the site:

"The main concept is depicted above.
Scott Page
Blog post
April 30, 2006, 1pm PDT
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Abhijeet Chavan
Blog post
April 27, 2006, 1pm PDT
Chris' last posting is big news!

Imagine a google earth world where millions of enthusiastic users build replicas of their homes and the stores/ buildings in their neighborhood and then they become veiwable by anybody else. Wiki style, people can work collaboratively to improve and constantly update buildings. What would normally cost billions of dollars for 3D design company to make available then become part of a 3D vitual town/yellow pages. And it would be built for free and rapidly.

Like Second Life
Ken Snyder
Blog post
April 27, 2006, 12pm PDT
USC Tower / 3-D Warehouse - Google SketchUpPublish is reporting that Google has released a free version of the popular 3-D drawing program, SketchUp, reviewed so well on TechTalk earlier by Ken (Snyder).
Chris Steins
Feature
April 25, 2006, 2pm PDT

Legendary urbanist, thinker, writer, and activist Jane Jacobs died Tuesday, April 25, 2006.

David Gest
Blog post
April 24, 2006, 10am PDT
Nice bit of writing on London's sewers starting up on Slate today.



Down in the Fleet, Rob shines his helmet lamp on a pipe. It's encrusted with something. "Liquid concrete!" he says with disgust. "This is a throwaway society. Out of sight, out of mind." People will chuck anything, he says. Flushers—wastewater operatives got their name because they used to flush river water into the system to help it flow—have found gold, jewelry, even motorbikes. But mostly they find cotton buds, condoms, and fat.