Planning for an Era of Climate Change Disasters

In a wide-ranging editorial, Mark Allen argues for strategies that may help communities cope with climate disasters as they grow more frequent.

September 15, 2017, 7:00 AM PDT

By Casey Brazeal @northandclark


Midwest Flooding

George Burba / Shutterstock

"We must work with some urgency to preserve the agricultural land close to our major cities from encroaching development, while partnering with farmers to better manage the landscapes they steward," Mark Allen writes for the Green Left Weekly. Allen sees the desire to build new infrastructure, instead of improving on what already exists, as a major problem for the environment. "The main emphasis has to be on making what we already have work better for us, while embracing new ideas and discriminating in favour of public housing," Allen argues.

Allen also expresses concerns about population growth. He sees foreign aid (from Australia, where he is based) to boost education and health as a strategy to deal with the issue, because fertility rates tend to drop when countries become richer and healthier.

"Our approach to population policy should be dictated by compassion, understanding that properly directed foreign aid is the most socially equitable and ecologically sustainable first step," Allen argues.

Friday, September 8, 2017 in Green Left Weekly

Gentrification

What We Really Mean When We Say Gentrification

The focus on gentrifying communities has, in many cases, eclipsed the similar problems facing more stagnant neighborhoods.

September 14, 2021 - Vox

Brooklyn Redevelopment

Study: Market-Rate Development Filters Into Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing

New research sheds new light on one of the most hotly debated questions in planning and development.

September 15, 2021 - Full Stack Economics

Rendering of aerial view of Telosa city

Why Tech-Utopian City Plans Fail

Like others before him, e-commerce billionaire Marc Lore wants to build the ideal city from scratch. Urban experts don't have much faith in his chances.

September 9, 2021 - Bloomberg BusinessWeek

Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Hand Drawing Master Plans

This course aims to provide an introduction into Urban Design Sketching focused on how to hand draw master plans using a mix of colored markers.