Urban Development

July 7, 2010, 2pm PDT
A decade after its inception, Shanghai's One City, Nine Towns project, an ambitious attempt to manage the city's massive population growth via the creation of international-themed satellite communities, has failed to deliver hoped-for results.
Assembly
July 7, 2010, 1pm PDT
The Korean Housing Institute claims that housing prices are more inflated in Korea than they've ever been in the States, and prices have begun to fall precipitously.
The Korea Times
July 7, 2010, 12pm PDT
Famed architect Peter Calthorpe has designed several large developments planned for the San Francisco Bay Area, but some local environmentalist groups aren't satisfied that they are green enough.
The New York Times - Bay Citizen
July 7, 2010, 7am PDT
A proposed move of the Tampa Bay Rays professional baseball team has officials in the region scrambling to make plans for a new rail line to accommodate the team's future home.
St. Petersburg Times
July 7, 2010, 6am PDT
The opening of the Brooklyn Bridge Park and other waterfront attractions in New York has many people rediscovering their waterfront. But as this op-ed argues, the waterfront can't be reclaimed as it was never even claimed in the first place.
The New York Times
July 6, 2010, 8am PDT
The Washington Post's Ezra Klein suggests readers watch this 20-minute TED video featuring Georgia Tech's Ellen Dunham Jones, author of "Retrofitting Suburbia." Jones talks to the importance of making suburbs greener by retrofitting to urbanize them.
Washington Post: Ezra Klein
July 6, 2010, 7am PDT
Officials in London have announced a plan to link the city's 2012 Olympics venues through a system of cable cars.
Guardian
July 6, 2010, 5am PDT
Designing the city of the future has long been the playground of architects and planners. A New York non-profit design group led by architect Mitchell Joachim keeps that tradition alive.
Guardian
July 2, 2010, 1pm PDT
Planners in Milwaukee have announced a slate of plaza and public space improvement projects that they hope will help catalyze urban regeneration in the city.
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
July 2, 2010, 9am PDT
Plans to expand the Bay Area's BART system to the Silicon Valley have brought into question the future of a San Jose flea market that some want to turn into a transit-oriented development.
The Wall Street Journal
July 1, 2010, 12pm PDT
As Qatar plans to spend billions on infrastructure and stadia ahead of its hosting of the 2022 World Cup, locals are hopeful that plans will focus on longer-term impacts.
Reuters
Blog post
July 1, 2010, 11am PDT

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Michael Lewyn
June 28, 2010, 1pm PDT
Kaid Benfield introduces Jan Gehl and Walter Hook's principals to promote "environmentally sustainable and socially equitable transportation worldwide."
Sustainable Cities Colletive
June 28, 2010, 10am PDT
New York's Court of Appeals overturned an earlier decision that prevented Columbia University from using eminent domain to build an extension of their campus.
The Architect's Newspaper
June 28, 2010, 6am PDT
Planners in Indianapolis have revealed plans for an "aerotropolis" to develop around the city's international airport.
Herald-Times
June 28, 2010, 5am PDT
Wal-Mart is succeeding in convincing Chicago politicians that it will create sustainable "employment and revenue for the city." The predominantly suburban-based supercenter chain is trying to move into denser urban areas.
New York Times
June 26, 2010, 5am PDT
Will airports become the "anchors of 21st century development," as Prof. John Kasarda believes? Kasarda spoke in Edmonton, Alberta, where planners are considering developing airport-adjacent greenfields into dense development.
Edmonton Journal
June 25, 2010, 2pm PDT
Vision California, the state's first planning document in over thirty years, was released Wednesday and concludes that planners "should focus on creating compact development in already established cities," over continued suburban sprawl.
San Francisco Chronicle
June 25, 2010, 6am PDT
<em>Chicago Tribune</em> architecture critic Blair Kamin reviews a few mall retrofits and finds that breathing life back into a dead mall can be a challenge.
Chicago Tribune
June 25, 2010, 5am PDT
An auto company has a new design competition to imagine a future city that is car-friendly.
Scientific American