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The Historical Effect of Pandemics on the Economy and the Housing Market

Research into previous pandemics, like SARS in 2003, the Spanish Flu in 1918, and the early months of COVID-19 in China, offers insight into what to expect for the economy and the housing market during and after the current pandemic.

March 23, 2020 - Zillow

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The Architecture Billings Index Was Strong on the Eve of the Pandemic

The Architecture Billings Index in February 2020 could lend hope in the current economic climate, or it could set a benchmark for a future recovery.

March 20, 2020 - Archinect


Changes in Houston Over the Last Decade

Comparing Houston in 2010 to the city today reveals a variety of transportation, infrastructure, and economic changes.

January 10, 2020 - Urban Edge


Private Golf Courses Closing in Chicago's Suburbs

Failing golf courses pose a choice for cities that can use tax dollars to turn them public or put the land to use in other ways.

June 12, 2019 - Crain's Chicago Business

Building Reflection

25 Months of Growth for Architecture Firms Ended in March

A key signal of economic strength for the planning and development industries delivered bad news for the first time in a long time.

May 15, 2019 - American Institute of Architects

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Million-Dollar Home Sales Jump 25%

The luxury market has been “reignited,” according to

July 16, 2018 - Dallas News

Roanoke, Virginia's Evolving Economy Moves Beer-ward

Once, trains dominated the city’s economy, now it's "brains, bikes and beer," according to city officials.

May 13, 2018 - Governing

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The Cities that Most Resemble Each Other

A fun activity in city comparison.

April 4, 2018 - The New York Times

Adaptive Reuse

Author Discusses 'The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism'

An interview with Jeremy Nowak about how he thinks the new localism will shape 21st century urban places in an environment of municipal fiscal distress.

March 20, 2018 - Penn IUR Urban Link

Economic Impacts of Climate Change

Mapping Climate Change's Economic Impacts in the United States

A recent study from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) predicts some of the economic impacts of climate change.

February 24, 2018 - Governing

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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.