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Planetizen’s Top Planning Books of 2023

The world is changing, and planning with it.

November 24, 2023 - Planetizen Team


Five Ways to Build a Sustainable Community through Volunteering

Practicing sustainability can improve communities and the lives of those living there. One of the best ways to encourage sustainable living is through volunteering.

March 23, 2022 - Devin Partida


Abandoned Rural Spain Rebounds With People Fleeing Cities

COVID-19 is leading an exodus to rural areas, according to this article. The shift could hurt the economies of cities, but it also presents opportunities for younger residents and people looking for a more sustainable lifestyle.

October 23, 2020 - Cities of the Future

Research Team to Study the Physiological Responses of Pedestrians to 'Physical Disorder'

Associate Professors Yunwoo Nam and lead PI Changbum Ahn from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, were recently awarded an NSF grant entitled "Human-Centric Sensing Platform to Assess Neighborhood Physical Disorder."

February 26, 2017 - University of Nebraska College of Architecture


Is There an Environmentalist Case for Sprawl?

Yes, sprawl is still bad for the environment.

December 14, 2016 - Michael Lewyn

China Solar

China Cutting Carbon

China turning over a new leaf on pollution and greenhouse gases.

October 1, 2016 - Grist

Hurricane Sandy

Unpredictable, High Risk, High Cost: Planning for the Worst Is the Worst

Ben Brown takes a hard look at our capacities and limitations in a world more complex than we’d prefer.

August 24, 2016 - PlaceShakers

Ivy Covered Green Building

Green Cities: Breathe Deeply and Walk Freely

Greening the city extends our life and increases our quality of life.

April 26, 2016 - PlaceShakers


How Lizards Can Teach Planners About Designing Cities

Ecologists offer scientific lessons in how to better build cities for humans and wildlife.

January 19, 2016 - Steven Snell

Controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline Project Moves Forward

This week Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas submitted permits to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to build a 550-mile natural gas pipeline across three mid-Atlantic states.

September 22, 2015 - WRAL

California's Largest Dam Removal Underway in Monterey County

Even in an epic drought, the long-awaited commencement of the $83 million San Clemente Dam removal project is welcomed as the obsolete dam posed a safety threat to downstream communities and provided very little water due to tremendous silt build-up.

August 11, 2015 - Monterey Herald

Fracking Permits Temporarily Halted in North Carolina

Natural gas drilling was recently approved in North Carolina, but new operations are now on hold until the state Supreme Court resolves an issue about the process for appointing environmental review positions.

May 21, 2015 - WRAL

DC's New Environment Agency Head Discusses Parks and Agriculture

"One hundred years ago, urban areas were viewed as the place for economic opportunity, but they were unhealthy, congested places. Now cities can be very healthy," says the new director of Washington, D.C.'s department of the environment.

February 3, 2015 - Elevation DC

Foreclosures Are Making People Sick

Seven years after the housing bust began, millions of Americans are still suffering. And suffering is the operative word—because both foreclosures and economic inequality impact people’s health.

January 9, 2015 - Rooflines

Six Employees Indicted in West Virginia Water Contamination Debacle

Six chemical company employees have been charged, under the Clean Water Act, for an incident earlier this year that left 300,000 West Virginia residents without safe drinking water for more than a week.

December 18, 2014 - Associated Press

The United Nations Studies Urban Emissions Monitoring

Urban emissions researchers have been invited to speak at the UN Climate Conference in Lima. Their findings: through focused and networked monitoring, cities can make real inroads on cutting carbon.

December 3, 2014 - Next City

The Litterati Impact: Cleaning the Planet One Instagram at a Time

#litterati. That's the hashtag. See a piece of litter, post it on Instagram, then throw the trash away. Simple.

November 21, 2014 - Urbanful

How Streets and Social Justice Intersect

A look at how streets affect health, social interaction, and economic development by Marissa Reilly, a Berkeley-based urban planner and Lillian Jacobson, a master’s candidate at MIT.

August 13, 2014 - UrbDeZine

What Desert Living Can Teach Designers About Building in Urban L.A.

A visit to Cal-Earth in Hesperia leads aspiring environmental designer Daniel Ebuehi to examine how some aspects of desert living could translate to an urban environment.

March 18, 2014 - UrbDeZine

New York Sandy Power Outage

Rockefeller's 100 Resilient Cities: 33 Chosen, What's Next?

In December, the Rockefeller Foundation chose the first 33 cities to receive funding and support through its 100 Resilient Cities Challenge. Here's what comes next.

January 13, 2014 - Future Cities

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.