Northridge Earthquake, 1994

Earthquake Preparation for Resilience

A look at San Francisco's building resilience plan illustrates the pertinent need to include earthquake preparedness in resiliency planning.

October 13, 2020 - Smart Cities Dive

Oakland California Road

California Cities That Plan Housing Might Now Have to Build it

If Gov. Gavin Newsom signs the Housing Crisis Act of 2019 as expected, downzonings, density reductions, housing construction moratoriums, and housing caps will become illegal.

September 11, 2019 - The Orange County Register

Youth Protest

The Climate Change Lawsuit That Won't Go Away

The now-famous children's lawsuit, featured on 60 Minutes last Sunday, was not filed against President Trump—he just inherited it from his predecessor. Both administrations have tried to have the case dismissed.

March 6, 2019 - CBS News: 60 Minutes

Los Angeles, California

UCLA Students Want More Say in Local Development Matters

UCLA Graduate Students Association President Michael Skiles recently announced a plan to break with the Westwood neighborhood Council and establish a new neighborhood council that speaks for the development interest of students.

November 10, 2017 - Curbed Los Angeles

American Planning Association 2015

2018 Conferences in Planning and Design

An annual sampling of some of the best professional development conferences in the coming year for the planning and design professions, by L.A. County Planner Clement Lau.

October 24, 2017 - UrbDeZine

Los Angeles Metro

Successful Ballot Measures Spell Doom for Transit Funding in Trump's 2018 Budget

President Trump points to the passage of multi-billion ballot measures last November as proof that federal funding isn't needed to fund transit, justifying elimination of a major grants program. The CEOs of two large transit agencies fight back.

May 30, 2017 - The Source

Seattle APA National Conference

Twelve 'Can't Miss' Planning and Design Conferences in 2017

L.A. County Planner Clement Lau issues his annual list of his favorite conferences for urban design professionals in the upcoming year.

November 12, 2016 - UrbDeZine

Hotel California

Study Finds California's Economy Slowed by Lack of Housing

Reports from UCLA and UC Riverside show California stymied by housing shortage.

October 6, 2016 - Los Angeles Times

Seattle APA National Conference

Ten Key 2016 Conferences for Urban Design Professionals

Ten key conferences in 2016 for planners, architects, and urban design professionals, summarized by Clement Lau, a Los Angeles County planner.

November 26, 2015 - UrbDeZine

Cleveland Warehouse District

Policy Dos and Don'ts from 'Parking Guru' Donald Shoup

Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning Donald Shoup has caused a revolution in the field of parking economics over his four decades at UCLA.

April 20, 2015 - The Planning Report

An Inside Perspective on Los Angeles' New Sustainable City Plan

Mark Gold, who helped craft Los Angeles' 20-year plan for water, energy, waste, resilience, and environmental justice, gives a breakdown of the document in light of the county's current failings.

April 10, 2015 - The Planning Report

Wind farm and greenhouse gas farm, together

Op-ed: "Fix-It-First" is California's New Infrastructure Policy

In this San Francisco Chronicle Open Forum, Brian Kelly, secretary of the California State Transportation Agency, makes the case that maintenance as well as capital costs be included when financing new infrastructure projects.

March 8, 2015 - San Francisco Chronicle

Is this the Solar Power Breakthrough We've Been Waiting For?

After decades of research and development solar power still doesn't pencil out for many home and business owners. Could a thin, transparent solar cell invented by scientists at UCLA change that equation?

July 25, 2012 - Los Angeles Times

Free-Range Children Are Good for the Community

Even though crime has gone down in the U.S., parents are less likely to let their children walk alone, even to school. Will Doig discusses the argument that "free-roaming" children are a benefit to themselves and the larger community.

July 25, 2012 - Salon

So Cal Looks at Ways to Beat the Coming Heat

While the east coast suffers through a brutal early summer heat wave, researchers in Los Angeles have announced the findings of the most advanced regional climate modeling ever conducted, which shows that So Cal will feel the heat soon enough.

June 22, 2012 - Streetsblog LA

New Housing Starts Reveal Shift Toward Multi-Family Housing Construction

AP reports on the Anderson Forecast from UCLA that looks into CA's housing slump and shows two distinct markets, one on the rise and the other (single-family housing) falling.

June 16, 2011 - AP via Bloomberg Business Week

A Library for Bikes

The University of California, Los Angeles has begun operations on a new kind of library -- one that rents bikes out to students.

October 28, 2010 - KPCC

Academia and Activism

A profile of Alvaro Huerta, the son of Mexican immigrants who is combining his urban planning studies with social activism.

October 20, 2009 - UCLA Magazine

Truly Great Teachers: Remembering Peter Marris

As an educator who also enjoys practice, I periodically weigh up where my efforts are best spent. Is it making a difference via educating students in the classroom, and through my research and writing, as they use this knowledge in their work in the distant future? Or can I make a difference more directly though practice now? It is hard to know which path is best and the path of teaching is a riskier choice. Truly exceptional teachers and scholars, however, can make an enormous impact.

July 4, 2007 - Ann Forsyth

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.