Chicago, Illinois

Chicago's Esteemed Architecture Critic, Blair Kamin, Moves On

One of two architecture critics working at major daily newspapers to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, Blair Kamin announced his retirement last week via Twitter.

January 11, 2021 - Blair Kamin via Twitter

United Kingdom

'Guardian Cities' Calls it Quits

Guardian Cities is closing shop after six years as a valued resource on the planning and urbanism Internet.

January 13, 2020 - Guardian Cities

Remembering Neal Peirce

He was ahead of his time as a journalist, an urban thinker—and even as an entrepreneur who foreshadowed today's nonprofit news web sites.

January 7, 2020 - Urban Edge

Western Planner Articles Published Since 1980 Now Available Online for Free

Over 2,223 articles covering 37 years of planning issues in the West now available online for free.

December 13, 2018 - The Western Planner

Harvard University

Ann Forsyth Named Editor of the Journal of the American Planning Association

Professor Ann Forsyth will begin a five-year term as editor of the Journal of the American Planning Association (JAPA) on January 1, 2019.

October 17, 2018 - American Planning Association

Not My President

Trump Election Coverage Round Up (Planning Edition)

A compendium of the most discussed examples of news and commentary regarding the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States—but only what's directly relevant to the fields of planning and urban design.

November 15, 2016 - Planetizen

San Francisco Homeless

30 San Francisco Media Outlets Collaborate on Homelessness

A media blitz scheduled for June 29, 2016 will offer an unprecedented display of "solutions-oriented journalism."

May 17, 2016 - The New York Times

Neighborhood Polarization in a Canadian City

In Canadian cities, rising income inequality has been reflected in neighborhood polarization. The experience of Hamilton, Ontario, has been typical. Here, inner-city decline is now giving way to gentrification, displacing poverty to the suburbs.

November 4, 2015 - Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership

Standards of Scrutiny for Transit Projects Not Extended for Highway Projects

A case study of media coverage in Connecticut finds a double standard between the CTFastrak and Interstate 84 projects.

October 2, 2015 - Tri-State Transportation Campaign

Brooklyn Bridge

Attention Media: Neighborhoods Existed Before Gentrification

On the media's responsibility for narratives that enable displacement, rather than inclusion.

September 24, 2015 - Grist

The Year in #CityReads

CityLab gathered the best of its weekly #CityReads compendium for a list of the year's best articles about urban experiences.

December 31, 2014 - CityLab

Mind the Gap: Media, Researchers Identify Gentrification Differently

A new study by a sociologist at Louisiana State University examines the differences between qualitative and quantitative descriptions of gentrification. Even the New York Times, according to the study, reveals its bias.

December 16, 2014 - CityLab

Why America Need Architecture Critics like Philadelphia's Inga Saffron

The writing of Inga Saffron "makes an ardent plea for more critics willing to take up the mantle of urban citizenship," according to a recent article in The Architectural Review.

June 12, 2014 - The Architectural Review

On the State of Architecture Criticism

Inga Saffron recently joined a very small group of architecture critics to win the Pulitzer Prize. What does her victory say about the state of criticism, especially built environment criticism, today?

April 21, 2014 - Architect

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What Is Popular Planning? 13 Years of Planetizen

A chronicle of the evolution of popular planning, drawn from data collected from the long history of Planetizen as a forum for discussion and reporting.

February 20, 2014 - Ken Steif

Do Digital Billboards Have Any Place in Public Space?

A city-hired consultant has recommended an expansion of the areas where digital billboards are allowed in Toronto. The sign industry claims the billboards contribute to “vibrancy” but critics argue they're an unwelcome intrusion into public space.

October 9, 2013 - The Toronto Star

Revitalize our Cities? Yes We Cannes!

Last week my family and I took in the 2011 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity (more commonly referred to as the Cannes Commercials), the annual celebration of the best in filmed advertising. The winning ads were, as usual, an entertaining mix of the hilarious, risqué and the moving, and afforded the viewer the chance to be exposed to diverse film styles (and unfamiliar products) from around the world.

April 4, 2012 - Michael Dudley

Buildings That Tweet

Thomas Schielke, an architectural lighting expert, gives an inclusive overview of building facades that include media from the 1931 addition of color at the top of the Empire State Building to a 2010 building that converts brainwaves to light.

January 15, 2011 - arclighting

Six States' Attempts To Increase Fuel Taxes

A new 21-page report evaluates the efforts of ID, NH, MA, MN, OR, and VT to raise state fuel taxes from 2006-2009. Why did only two succeed? This analysis looks only at how the debates were played out in print media in each of the states.

June 7, 2010 - University of Vermont Transportation Research Center

Media Outlets Need Auto Industry Ads to Survive

More than a quarter of all local TV ad revenue comes from car companies. Could plummeting profits from SUVs mean even worse local news?

August 13, 2008 - Streetsblog

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Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

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Planning for Universal Design

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