Engineers

Angry Public Meeting

Acknowledging the Emotional Abuse Facing Planners

A professor of planning calls out the emotional abuse facing planners—from professional colleagues in related fields, from elected officials, and from the public.

August 6, 2018 - Lisa Schweitzer

Identical Trucks

Malcolm Gladwell on Transportation Safety

Looking at the history of car recalls, Gladwell recognizes a tension between the way engineers see malfunctions and how the public sees them. It's easy to blame the machine, but that doesn't always solve the problem.

May 15, 2015 - The New Yorker

Falsified Test Results Call Into Question the Safety of California's Roads and Bridges

Charles Piller reports on the investigation into suspect safety test results for roads and bridges across CA, including the new Bay Bridge, revealing a string of troubling data for which officials and critics are holding Caltrans accountable.

August 8, 2012 - The Sacramento Bee

What's Wrong with the "Green" Design Revolution

In an interview with the British inventor James Dyson, Ben Schiller discusses the future of engineering and design in America and the fallacies behind much "green" design.

March 3, 2012 - Fast Company

Why Liability Concerns Should Not Prevent Pedestrian-Friendly Streets

<font size="2"> <p> American commercial streets are often designed almost exclusively for cars; streets are often as many as eight or ten lanes wide, lengthening pedestrian trips and encouraging motorists to drive at speeds unsafe for pedestrians. </p>

April 8, 2008 - Michael Lewyn

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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.

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.