November 1, 2012, 5am PDT
What does it mean to truly involve the public in planning processes? Neeraj Mehta finds "too much placation, manipulation and tokenism in our engagement efforts," and identifies principles for collective problem-solving and shared decision-making.
October 26, 2012, 8am PDT
If you want to know something about Davis, CA, don’t go to the website of the local paper or the city, go to DavisWiki, a repository of all things Davis, written by the public. Thanks to a recent grant, could something similar be coming to your town?
October 25, 2012, 10am PDT
"Since the beginning of 2011, 180 bills restricting voting and voter registration have been introduced in 41 states. Over 70% of the electoral votes needed to win the 2012 Presidential election will come from states with new restrictive voting laws."
October 2, 2012, 10am PDT
Zoning reform is a political campaign. Coder Susan Henderson talks about audience dynamics, with a special focus on how to communicate with property owners and the developer community.
June 24, 2012, 7am PDT
A young artist in New Orleans launches a social experiment on the built environment, turning the walls of the city's buildings into a public forum.
June 19, 2012, 7am PDT
The Project for Public Spaces has compiled a "how-to" list for re-claiming your community's public spaces.
Project For Public Spaces
May 24, 2012, 5am PDT
Roger Valdez gives his take on the new obstructionism that is dominating public participation and holding up much-needed growth in Seattle and elsewhere.
April 27, 2012, 10am PDT
Ole Amundsen discusses the Central Indiana Land Trust's recent work in proactive land use planning, signaling a broader change in the way land trusts are doing business.
APA - Sustaining Places Blog
April 20, 2012, 8am PDT
The City Council of Vallejo, California, approved the first city-wide Participatory Budgeting process in the US this week. Residents will directly decide how to spend around $3 million from new sales tax revenue.
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.
March 5, 2012, 4pm PST
New technologies are providing participatory platforms that allow individuals to share their ideas, interact with other's ideas, and work towards collaborative solutions to resolve problems or take advantage of opportunities. Kevin C. Desouza, PhD offers five guidelines to ensure that the use of such emerging technologies are maximized by practitioners.
September 16, 2011, 7am PDT
Earlier this week, New York City officials announced a new bikeshare system that will be available to New Yorkers in 2012.
August 16, 2011, 1pm PDT
Candy Chang is using public art installations to spark community involvement and input on land use.
July 27, 2011, 7am PDT
At the Ford foundations 75th anniversary, Citiwire’s Neal Peirce reports how “ground urban strategies in inclusion and equity” is the secret to a “Just City.”
July 15, 2011, 5am PDT
Beachside Santa Monica recently launched an ambitious Land Use and Circulation Element, which will balance growth, neighborhoods, and traffic. The plan has received accolades, and the city has become a model for consensus-based planning.
May 24, 2011, 9am PDT
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NY's "Chief Digital Officer" Rachel Sterne presented plans to use enhance technology that connects citizens with their government.
February 13, 2011, 11am PST
"Intelligent cities" is picking up steam as the new buzzword in planning and a potentially game-changing way of using data to drive decisions. But we need to be sure we don't lose the human intelligence in planning.
January 30, 2011, 1pm PST
The Domino Effect is a new documentary film that explores the process of real estate development in New York City to uncover the complex networks of banks, developers, politicians, and non-profit organizations that shape our cities.
December 6, 2010, 2pm PST
A new musical comedy, "In the Footprint: The Battle Over Atlantic Yards," brings song and dance to the conflict over the redevelopment of the Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn. <em>The NY Times</em> reviews it as "fresh, inventive"...and "entertaining."
November 17, 2010, 11am PST
An experiment in community participation conducted by a multinational group of architects, planners and artists in south Delhi tests the efficacy of guerrilla neighborhood planning methods in the developing world.