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San Francisco Muni

Climate Change Law: A Primer for Cities

A report from the Sabin Center provides a legal framework for municipal-level action on climate change policy.

November 30, 2021 - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

East Bay Area

Another Berkeley 'First': Banning Natural Gas Lines in New Buildings

On Tuesday night, the City Council of Berkeley, Calif., unanimously voted to ban natural gas infrastructure from new buildings starting next year, the first city in the U.S. to pass such an ordinance. Fifty cities in the state could be next.

July 22, 2019 - San Francisco Chronicle

Kaiser LEED Certified Building

Taking the Carbon Emissions Out of Buildings

Much of the focus on decreasing carbon emissions is on the electrical grid and vehicles. But, buildings are a huge contributor, and California is leading the way in making electrification a priority.

February 19, 2019 - Vox

Houston Texas

Up and Running: The Speedy Recovery of Houston's City Hall

Following Hurricane Harvey, Houston's City Hall became flooded with four feet of water, rendering the building's electrical and mechanical equipment useless. Restoring power back to City Hall quickly was crucial in aiding the recovery efforts.

October 6, 2017 - Doggerel

A Health-Focused Building Certification Gets Its First Showcase

The first WELL-certified buildings are now online, and the Urban Land Institute has examined the business propositions behind the system.

September 21, 2017 - Urban Land

The Incredible Story of Frances Gabe and Her Self-Cleaning Home

The New York Times pays tribute to an American inventor, builder, and feminist who, more than anything, hated housework.

August 4, 2017 - New York Times

Guggenheim

List: The Top 125 Buildings of the Last 125 Years

The Architectural Record celebrated its 125th anniversary by celebrating the field's most significant accomplishments over the same time period.

September 10, 2016 - Architectural Record

Maine-Montparnasse Tower Paris

6 'Epic Architecture Fails'

Jason Fargo follows the announcement that the FBI will soon set up shop outside of the infamous and despised J Edgar Hoover Building in Washington D.C. by listing six buildings that residents of cities "love to hate."

August 10, 2014 - Guardian

A Business-Friendly Approach to Urban Sustainability

Moira Quinn takes a look at Charlotte, North Carolina, where businesses and local government have teamed up to keep office buildings green as the central business district grows.

April 20, 2012 - Urban Land

Branding Buildings in NYC

What's in a name? For some of New York City's buildings, a brand that reflects history, mood, and even geography. Joanne Kaufman takes us through the naming process for some of the city's newest buildings, and what they might mean to buyers.

December 27, 2011 - The New York Times

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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.