Wilshire Grand

Los Angeles' New Tower and the Silly Rules That Govern Building Height

Los Angeles' new Wilshire Grand tower is tall and impressive. But, in reality, it's about 100 feet shorter and perhaps less impressive than the arbiters of skyscrapers say it is. Whatever the definition, it might be time to quit venerating height.

June 28, 2017 - California Planning & Development Report

Penn Station Interior

Early Criticism for Gov. Cuomo's Penn Station Plans

The initial reviews are in for Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal to expand and improve Penn Station. The consensus so far: the plan doesn't go far enough.

October 6, 2016 - Politico New Jersey

A Critical Take on Public Engagement

Zelda Bronstein makes plenty of points likely to inspire disagreement among planners in this argument calling for a better form of public engagement—one that's substantive and integral, not an afterthought.

April 14, 2016 - 48 hills

Sunset Plaza

Against Generic Placemaking

'Placemaking,' the process by which cities and developers supposedly create appealing public spaces, is in a crisis, writes critic James Russell. Too many "made" places are generic and lack true relevance to the cities that build them.

April 13, 2015 - James S. Russell

Op-Ed: Austin a Shadow of its Former Self

An op-ed by David Heymann produces an elaborate, protracted metaphor of Austin as a former youthful "golden child" now showing the least attractive possible traits of middle age.

March 21, 2015 - Houston Chronicle


On the Limitations of Density

Writing for FastCo.Design, Architecture Critic Inga Saffron provides a cautionary tale about density done poorly.

March 16, 2015 - Fast Co. Design

Op-Ed Critiques Architecture: from 'Infinitesimal Specks' to 'Sprawling Dreck'

Steven Bingler and Martin C. Pedersen pen a withering critique of the architecture profession's obsession with glamorous contracts at the expense of context-sensitive, community-focused designs.

December 17, 2014 - New York Times

NYC Streets Transformation a Cause for Celebration

A number of articles have recently been written criticizing New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan for dramatically changing the city's mobility. This column from <em>Metropolis</em> says that criticism is misdirected.

May 14, 2011 - Metropolis

A War On Cars? Let There Be Peace!

<p class="MsoNormal">Our job as planners is ultimately to <a href="">manage change</a>, which is often fun but occasionally ugly. A good example is a current debate over a supposed <a href="">“war against the car.”</a> </p>

March 24, 2011 - Todd Litman

New Updates on The Edge

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

New Case Study Posted on HUD User

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

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