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The 'Garbage Language' of Planning

The language we use as planners can serve many purposes and often hinders good communication rather than fostering it.

March 16, 2020 - Strong Towns

Berkeley Maintenance Hole

No More 'Manholes' in Berkeley

In removing all gendered language from its civil code, the city of Berkeley is tossing out some familiar nomenclature.

July 20, 2019 - The Mercury News

Santa Monica 3rd Street Promenade

Wanted: A Language to Reflect the Diversity of Suburbia

The suburb/city distinction is too general and prone to exceptions.

July 30, 2018 - Build a Better Burb

Friday Eye Candy: Behold the 'Emojiopolis'

If you're not familiar with the world of emojis, bravo for holding out against the widely adopted trend. But now that (most) people have adopted pictographs for communication, could the shift in communication produce new kinds of landscapes?

September 12, 2014 - Sam Jacobs Studio

Escaping the Pitfalls of Professional Discourse

Kaid Benfield returns to his popular blog at the NRDC's Switchboard site after a three-week hiatus, with thoughts on the purpose of his writings and how "overly familiar vocabulary can lead to overly familiar thinking."

September 5, 2012 - Switchboard

The Implications of Transit Lingo

What do you think of when you think of the word "route" in relation to transit? What about the word "line"? Jarrett Walker argues that the language used to describe transit can influence how people think about it.

February 7, 2011 - Human Transit

US Planning Isolationism

<p> Recently, the new <a href="" target="_blank" title="JAPA">Journal of the American Planning Association</a> editor Randall Crane circulated a message to US planning academics in which he asked for new submissions: </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman','serif'">&quot;A reminder that JAPA is interested in your best work in any aspect of planning scholarship -- quantitative or qualitative, foreign or domestic -- that informs practice.  We would particularly like to broaden subject content over the next few years.&quot;  </span> </p> <p class="MsoNormal"> Temple Uni urban studies prof Ben Kohl replied: &quot;For years I have wished that JAPA would show some interest in the lessons that ‘foreign’ planners and planning experience might have to offer.

December 10, 2010 - Bruce Stiftel

Sorting Out The Jargon of Planning

So what exactly is "sustainability"? Well, then, how about "civic engagement"? "smart growth”? Bill Barnes of the National League of Cities says that planning is overrun by verbiage with vague definitions, to the detriment of the process.

September 13, 2010 - Nation's Cities Weekly

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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.