Close-up of rounded weathered multicolored glass pieces on Glass Beach in Fort Bragg, California.

Transforming Landfills into Parks

Learn about eleven landfills that have been transformed into beautiful outdoor recreation spaces.

March 18, 2024 - Brightly

New York City

Opinion: One Solution to Manhattan's Land Shortage: Just Build It

A New York Times op-ed calls on the city to add landfill development on Manhattan's southern shoreline, claiming it would increase affordability and protect the city from rising sea levels.

January 23, 2022 - The New York Times

New York City

Climate Resilience Plan Would Extend Manhattan

A plan to literally change the shape of Manhattan.

March 18, 2019 - New York Magazine

San Francisco Coast

San Francisco Planning to Remove the Great Highway as Coastal Erosion Takes its Toll

In the 1920s, the city of San Francisco extended the shoreline of south Ocean Beach by some 200 feet. Now the coast there is eroding as a result of that action, and the Great Highway is on shaky ground.

October 12, 2017 - San Francisco Examiner


Designing a Better Trash Chute

Programs that make folks pay for garbage services based on how much they throw away can cut down trash in landfills. Designers are looking for ways to adapt these programs to multiunit buildings.

August 8, 2017 - Medium

Legal Ruling a Major Setback for Chicago's Lucas Museum Plans

Greg Hinz reports on a high profile ruling that throws up a major obstacle for the proposed development of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago.

March 16, 2015 - Crain's Chicago Business

NYC Pushes Ahead With Plans for New Neighborhood Built on Landfill

A far-fetched proposal for Seaport City - a new landfill neighborhood on the East Side of lower Manhattan - is one step closer to reality with New York City's release of a request for proposals to study the idea.

August 1, 2013 - Crain's New York Business

Garbage Fight Pits Bay Area Cities Against Outlying County

Is waste disposal a local or regional issue? A new CA law written by a S.F. lawmaker nullifies a voter-approved Solano County measure that limits the amount of outside garbage their landfill can accept. It is being challenged by environmental groups.

October 20, 2012 - The Wall Street Journal - San Francisco Bay Area

Proposal Dreams of New York Development Connecting Island to Mainland

The Center for Urban Real Estate unveiled a proposal to connect Lower Manhattan and Governors Island with landfill to spur development in the area. The connection would generate $16.7 billion of revenue for the city, the center estimates.

November 23, 2011 - The New York Times

From Garbage Hole to Park

Turning a New York landfill into a park may just reorganize the way people think about public parks in America.

November 30, 2008 - New York Magazine

Top Books

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Top Apps

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Top Schools

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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.

Planning for Universal Design

Learn the tools for implementing Universal Design in planning regulations.