March 3, 2018, 7am PST
The scale of the housing recovery effort means some jobs normally handles by FEMA have fallen to the Texas General Land Office.
Texas Tribune
February 8, 2018, 8am PST
CodeNEXT is one of the most ambitious, and controversial, zoning reform projects ongoing in the country, with lessons to offer planners all over the country in code writing, public outreach, and planning outcomes.
December 21, 2017, 7am PST
The agency has created an economic incentive for cities, states and counties to deal with environmental threats.
December 15, 2017, 9am PST
Houston's most recent natural disaster is only the latest example of how a program created to help homeowners has been a greater benefit to the industries that profit from them.
Houston Chroncle
November 15, 2017, 2pm PST
Michael Kimmelman, architecture critic of The New York Times, looks beyond sprawl and development issues that challenge Houston in its rebuilding efforts. An anti-urban, anti-regulation bias from the statehouse isn't helping matters.
The New York Times
October 24, 2017, 1pm PDT
Despite the presence of a formidable (and expensive) underground flood control system, Tokyo may confront floods and rainfall that will challenge the city's capacity to protect itself.
The New York Times
October 8, 2017, 5am PDT
Nate will make landfall southeast of New Orleans on Saturday night as possibly a category 2 hurricane after leaving at least 22 dead in Central America. It's not so much the levees but the pumps and generators that have city officials worried.
The New York Times
October 6, 2017, 1pm PDT
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.
September 27, 2017, 7am PDT
New York City intends to make sure that zoning codes are a tool for preventing the risks of flooding.
NYC Planning
September 18, 2017, 8am PDT
Having charged low rates during years of bumper development, the National Flood Insurance Program worked at cross-purposes with itself while development continued on.
September 16, 2017, 7am PDT
After a series of hurricanes, experts discuss how guide people out of the way of the most deadly floods and storms.
September 15, 2017, 12pm PDT
Vigorous continued demand for Houston homes left some realtors surprised after the city endured catastrophic flooding. For a lot of new construction, elevated homes may become the norm.
The New York Times
September 14, 2017, 7am PDT
In response to a question linking Hurricanes Irma and Harvey to climate change, White House Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert appeared to recognize the need to adapt. He qualified his statement regarding the "cause" of said climate change.
The Washington Post
September 13, 2017, 11am PDT
Tree-huggers many of them are not, but there's consensus among Long Island developers that storm resilience is an investment worth making.
September 9, 2017, 7am PDT
The Guardian's former environmental editor asks if urban sprawl is as much to blame as climate change for the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston.
September 5, 2017, 7am PDT
While any one event can not be attributed to global warming, climate scientists have long acknowledged a connection to extreme weather. Pruitt, a climate denier, dismisses any such connection with the amount of rainfall from Hurricane Harvey.
Talking Points Memo
September 4, 2017, 7am PDT
As Houston's flood waters recede and attention turns from rescue to recovery and soon rebuilding, critics have pointed to the city's lack of zoning as the cause of the devastation. But are they looking in the right direction?
New York Magazine
August 31, 2017, 10am PDT
Houston received over 50 inches of rain from Hurricane Harvey in five days. While no city could survive that drenching unscathed, Houston was not prepared to handle the floods due to decades of neglect of stormwater management planning.
The Atlantic
Blog post
August 30, 2017, 11am PDT
Houston's flooding might be mitigated by land use regulation- but not the type of regulations that most cities have.
Michael Lewyn
August 16, 2017, 6am PDT
In an underreported fact, it has rained every day since April 1 in New Orleans this year. The city is struggling to deploy stormwater infrastructure, however, and flooding overwhelmed drainage again this month, on the cusp of hurricane season.
The Guardian