Rendering of Juneteenth Museum

The Best, Worst, and Most Questionable in 2022 Architecture and Design

A list of innovative projects, intriguing design, and flummoxing failures.

December 6, 2022 - Medium

A rendering depicting the proposed design for Munger Hall on the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Architecture and Design Awards for the Best and Worst of 2021

Two influential and erudite design critics continue an annual tradition.

December 26, 2021 - Mark Lamster and Alexandra Lange via Medium

The exterior of the Natural History Museum of Utah.

ASLA 2021 Professional Awards Announced

The ASLA's 2021Professional Awards offer eye candy and design inspiration in equal measure—reflecting a profession continuing to increase its role in advancing social issues in the built and natural environments.

October 18, 2021 - American Society Of Landscape Architects

Environmental Justice

Robert Bullard Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award by the United Nations

Robert Bullard, distinguished professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Texas Southern University and author of the seminal book "Dumping in Dixie," has been awared the United Nation's highest environmental honor.

December 16, 2020 - Champions of the Earth

U.S.-Mexico Border

The Traditional Snarky Architecture Review—This Time for the Decade

This annual architecture and design award has been kicking for ten years now, and 2019 provides the perfect opportunity to review the decade that was the 2010s.

December 31, 2019 - Curbed

Campus Martius

Vote for the Best and Worst of Transportation in 2018

Streetsblog USA is crowdsourcing feedback for its annual Streetsies awards for the nest and worst in transportation news.

December 27, 2018 - Streetsblog USA

American Planning Asociation

APA Announces 2018 Great Places in America

It's one of the biggest days of the entire year for the planning and planners who make great places happen.

September 25, 2018 - American Planning Association

New York City

ASLA Announces 2018 Professional and Student Awards

Celebrating the year's best from the landscape architecture profession.

September 5, 2018 - American Society Of Landscape Architects

240 'World Changing Ideas,' Including Transportation and Urban Design

Fast Company’s second-annual World Changing Ideas Awards will recognize winners in 12 categories. There are now 240 finalists.

April 10, 2018 - Fast Company

Downtown Flint Michigan along Saginaw Street

25 Best Examples of Innovative Government Programs

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University will award $100,000 to a grand price winner for the Innovations in American Government Awards.

May 15, 2017 - Harvard Kennedy School

China Solar

12 'World Changing Ideas'

Fast Company recently recognized the best ideas in social impact.

March 21, 2017 - Fast Company

Santiago Caltrava

An Annual, Irreverent List of Architecture Awards

Critics Alexandra Lange and Mark Lamster hand out their annual awards for architecture and design, with welcome focus and studied opinions on what make great cities great.

December 19, 2016 - Curbed

AIA Honors the Best in Housing Design

The American Institute of Architects recently announced the winners of the 2016 Housing Awards.

April 15, 2016 - The Architect's Newspaper

Reviewing the Year in New York City Urban Planning

The Curbed New York team takes a tour of "the good, the bad, and the ugly" in urban planning from 2015.

December 30, 2015 - Curbed NY

AIA Gold Medal Goes to the Dynamic Duo of Venturi and Scott Brown

The 2016 Gold Medal is considered a rebuttal to the Pritzker Prize, which neglected to acknowledge Denise Scott Brown when it awarded Robert Venturi in 1991.

December 4, 2015 - Chicago Tribune

Cities Honored for Smart Growth

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 13th annual Smart Growth Achievement Awards recognize communities that lead the way in compact, walkable growth.

September 19, 2015 - Better Cities & Towns

Women in Architecture Awards Announced

The Architectural Record recognizes five women for their contributions to the study and practice of architecture.

September 11, 2015 - Architectural Record

8 Winners Selected for the 2015 Transportation Planning Excellence Awards

The federal government surveyed the country to recognize the best (multi-modal) transportation planning projects.

July 24, 2015 - Fast Lane (DOT blog)

Celebrating APA's 2015 National Planning Awards Recipients

A highlight of the APA's National Planning Conference every year—the presentation of the National Planning Excellence and Achievement Awards.

April 22, 2015 - American Planning Association

Clark Art Institute

2014's Best and Worst in Architecture and Design

Critics Alexandra Lange and Mark Lamster hand out their annual awards for architecture and design. Snark is on the menu, but the awards still provide a nice recap of the biggest design news from around the country (and some from around the world).

December 12, 2014 - Design Observer

Top Books

An annual review of books related to planning.

Top Websites

The best of the Internet—since 2002.

Top Apps

Planning apps for a brave new world.

Top Schools

The definitive ranking of graduate planning programs.

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.

Planning for Universal Design

Learn the tools for implementing Universal Design in planning regulations.