Television

In Planning, Reality Can Be Worse Than Fiction

The Showtime Series Penny Dreadful portrays a bleak vision of 1940s Los Angeles. But, unencumbered by regulations and zoning laws, it also displays what great urban neighborhoods can look like.

May 18, 2020 - California Planning & Development Report

Public Art

'Vida' Examines Gentrification in East L.A. But Now Faces Backlash from Real-Life Protesters

A show about the impacts of gentrification in a working-class immigrant neighborhood in Los Angeles is generating controversy among those it represents.

September 7, 2018 - Los Angeles Times

MARTA Interrupting Bus

Why Can't Public Transit Get a Role on the Silver Screen?

Or even Netflix, for that matter.

February 16, 2018 - Mobility Lab

Modern high speed bullet train in China

The Pop Culture Verdict: Transit Is Hip

Several decades ago, public transit was a distinctly low-quality way of getting around. Now, if we can believe TV and movies depicting the near future, all that has changed. Transit has become aspirational.

April 29, 2016 - Governing

The Golden Age of Television's New Subject: Public Housing

A new miniseries on HBO, from the creators of the seminal series The Wire, will spend the next weeks addressing issues raised by public housing and desegregation in Yonkers during the 1980s.

August 17, 2015 - Vox

How Popular Television Predicts Urban Trends

Christopher and Lisa Leinberger present a history of popular television shows reflecting and predicting how Americans chose to live.

June 17, 2014 - Next City

Friday Funny: The Most Epic City Council in North America

Community Cable 9 has outdone themselves with this trailer for the weekly broadcast of Whitehorse, Canada's City Council meetings. Don't you wish your council meetings were this epic?

August 2, 2013 - The Washington Post

Fantastic Floor Plans of TV's Fictional Abodes

Ever wonder how the layout of some of television's most famous domiciles might be depicted in the hands of a professional? Look no further, interior designer Iñaki Aliste Lizarralde has you covered.

March 4, 2013 - Laughing Squid

John Lautner: Architect for Evil

The homes designed by architect John Lautner have appeared often in films, many times as characters themselves and many times associated with villains. Adam Baer examines what it is about Lautner's designs that inspire associations with evil.

January 21, 2013 - The Virginia Quarterly Review

Simulating Urbanity

HBO's The Wire has wrapped its last season of urban criticism disguised as a cop show. Dan Hill, who creates simulations of cities in his day job, is fascinated by The Wire's simulation and deconstruction of Baltimore.

September 12, 2008 - cityofsound

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Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

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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.