July 31, 2014, 6am PDT
Sociologist Lucia Trimbur describes how urban boxing gyms provide an opportunity for a particularly vulnerable population, formerly incarcerated men of color, to "recover from detention and establish stability in the free world."
September 24, 2013, 12pm PDT
New York's lengthy waterfront was once dotted with an extensive array of piers, reaching like tentacles from the city's shores into the surrounding harbor and rivers. As the city again embraces its waterfront, those that remain are getting new life.
November 3, 2012, 11am PDT
Cassim Shepard and Varick Shute respond to an exhortation by Governor Cuomo to "build [the New York City area] back smarter" in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, and in the face of changing weather patterns, with some ideas on what that will entail.
April 4, 2012, 9am PDT
Irmak Turan discusses agriculture's place in the city, as seen by a handful of Brooklyn activists. From stormwater absorption to community ties, these farms provide more than just fresh food for earthy hipsters.
January 16, 2012, 11am PST
Urban Omnibus declares the visionary work of the Speculation Studio at Columbia University an overdue evolution in architectural education.
December 15, 2011, 2pm PST
In New York, according to Urban Omnibus, "Each week, approximately 64,000 tons of household and institutional waste are collected. ... But public awareness of what happens to that trash once it leaves the curb is limited."
November 15, 2011, 11am PST
In New York, Arts for Transit is a program that was started to bring "original and integrated artworks into MTA stations and spaces and to promote design excellence." Director, Sandra Bloodworth sits with Urban Omnibus to discuss the program.
October 18, 2011, 11am PDT
Poet Jon Cotner uses fleeting snippets of conversation in public spaces as the basis for his poetry. Caitlin Blanchfield took a walk with Cotner to talk about his process.
July 7, 2011, 5am PDT
With a growing demand for wireless internet, mobile communication networks may encroach on public space, writes Michael Chen, adjunct assistant professor at the Pratt Institute School of Architecture.
June 13, 2011, 6am PDT
Anthony Townsend comments on a recent study that is wary of wireless access in public spaces. He says the study has an outdated understanding of how people use spaces today.
June 10, 2011, 10am PDT
A new report focusing on design professionals and architects in New York finds that these industries are on a strong growth path and create a significant impact on the local economy.
May 7, 2011, 7am PDT
<em>Urban Omnibus</em> ventures into the New York City Department of Transportation's Traffic Management Center to find out how technology is changing the way the city manages its traffic signals and traffic flows.
April 24, 2011, 10am PDT
A new series of posters connected to a conference on "the New City" presents ideas for improving our urban areas. <em>Urban Omnibus</em> presents some of the posters.
April 17, 2011, 11am PDT
Architect Vishaan Chakrabarti writes that Japan's urbanism should serve as a model to the rest of the world for its density and the "urbane society" it creates.
March 20, 2011, 9am PDT
The New School is now offering an undergraduate degree in urban design. <em>Urban Omnibus</em> talks with the program's director about why the program was created and what it intends to accomplish.
March 17, 2011, 2pm PDT
Urban Omnibus takes of tour of Queens' Jackson Heights neighborhood with author Suketu Mehta, exploring the vibrant urban culture that has permeated the neighborhood even before Mehta's family moved in in 1977.
February 25, 2011, 9am PST
With the recent developments happening in North Africa and the Middle East, public squares are taking center-stage as the epicenters of change.
January 28, 2011, 11am PST
Beatville is a new "open source, multi-player environment for real cities", which purports to be a useful tool for democratizing urban planning. Does it live up to the hype? Urban Omnibus checks it out.
January 24, 2011, 8am PST
A new project is seeking to create the first citywide, comprehensive urban agriculture plan for New York City.
December 25, 2010, 9am PST
"Give a Minute" is a program that seeks ideas for fixing cities directly from the people who use them, using ads in newspapers and displays in public spaces to ask a big question, such as "What would get you to walk, bike or take transit more often?"