December 13, 2015, 9am PST
Urban planners should take a leadership role in placing social equity at the top of planning goals, argues planner, teacher, and affordable housing developer Murtaza Baxamusa. He looks at five socio-economic problems planners should strive to solve.
November 5, 2015, 2pm PST
City planners should be wary of any predictions that downplay the unknowability of the future by projecting present conditions onto it.
October 14, 2015, 8am PDT
Most cities around the world can be broken down into 27 typical patterns of development, according to the work of a researcher at UC Davis.
The Washington Post - Wonkblog
September 22, 2015, 7am PDT
Yes, the world of urban planning will soon get a star turn of epic proportions—as the focus of an opera currently in development and scheduled to debut in New York City in 2017.
September 14, 2015, 7am PDT
California lawmakers have approved a bill that establishes oversight of elected officials over planning decisions of development corporations, such as that in downtown San Diego.
August 11, 2015, 8am PDT
Among other traits, science-minded planners must seriously reflect on what it is they know about their field, seeking good reasons and solid evidence for why they accept those things, writes Jodie Sackett, a Los Angeles County urban planner.
August 4, 2015, 10am PDT
Current planning models places housing affordability and preservation fundamentally at odds with one another. We must be willing to re-evaluate our processes if we are to truly move forward.
June 9, 2015, 5am PDT
The ambiguous definition of 'urban decay' dilutes the argument for requiring this less-well-known environmental study.
June 4, 2015, 6am PDT
After San Francisco Supervisors reject housing moratorium, proponents vow ballot initiative. But a moratorium is the wrong solution to the problem and would likely lead to continued price increases, condo conversions, and Ellis Act evictions.
May 2, 2015, 1pm PDT
Opticos Design, Inc., the Berkeley-based urban planning and architecture firm has launched a new website dedicated to the missing middle of the housing market.
Logos Opticos: Composing Vibrant Urban Places
May 1, 2015, 11am PDT
UN-Habitat has adopted International Guidelines for Urban and Territorial Planning intended to inform the United Nation's New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals.
March 31, 2015, 2pm PDT
Qualcomm and Arup recently published a report on their vision for the future of connected cities. We spoke to Chris Luebkeman, Arup Fellow and Global Director of Foresight, Research and Innovation, and Qualcomm's Kiva Allgood to learn more.
March 10, 2015, 5am PDT
I want to learn HTML and CSS, or maybe get a refresher on the current state of web technology—where should I start?
February 25, 2015, 10am PST
Urban planning can be an exciting and rewarding profession. It can also be extremely political and sometimes downright boring.
February 11, 2015, 1pm PST
Placemaking is an overused term and under-comprehended subcategory of the urban design and planning fields. Howard Blackson explains what it means and how it has evolved in his own career.
January 11, 2015, 1pm PST
The evolution of the development agreement reveals how its proliferation as a land use tool is a symptom of a larger struggle between increasingly complicated land use regulations, the public’s conflicting goals, and developers’ desire for certainty
December 19, 2014, 6am PST
Technology is a great benefit for urban design and urban planning. Not only does it help boost productivity for design and urban planning teams, but it also increases team collaboration, citizen engagement, attention to detail, and accuracy.
November 21, 2014, 11am PST
Automobile-oriented planning requires that cities devote signifiant amounts of space to roads and parking—under many conditions each vehicle requires more land than is devoted to housing per capita.
November 18, 2014, 9am PST
When Los Angeles County Planner Jonathan P. Bell wrote about informal housing in the region, several commenters responded. So Bell decided to answer questions and critics.
October 28, 2014, 5am PDT
The income of original residents is more important to the gentrification debate than any opposition to luxury development or price controls. We need to begin to embed income inequality within the gentrification debate.