Urban Development

February 10, 2010, 6am PST
PBS documents Detroit's attempts to overcome its history as "the Motor City" to create new ways of getting people around. Transit advocates play a big part in this preview, which includes renderings of projected transit options.
PBS
February 10, 2010, 5am PST
Shanghai is preparing to host the 2010 World Expo -- an event that's costing more than $45 billion. While officials hope the event will be a boon for tourism, locals question whether the investment will pay off.
NPR
February 9, 2010, 12pm PST
What housing slump? Canada's real estate recovery has been so fast, some analysts worry it signals a return to speculation.
Wall Street Journal
February 9, 2010, 7am PST
A new study ranks the U.S. states by residents' happiness. From Louisiana (#1) to New York (#51), the happiest people tend to live in sunny, outdoorsy states with strong quality of life measures.
USA Today
February 8, 2010, 12pm PST
City Creek Center is a $1 billion mixed-use development project that some say is a godsend for downtown Salt Lake City, creating jobs during a tough economy. Others wonder how the church's influence will play out in the culture of the project.
The New York Times
February 7, 2010, 9am PST
Obama's brand new Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities admits to being inspired by Portland's groundbreaking urban planning policies.
The Oregonian
February 6, 2010, 9am PST
A secret Russian military facility abandoned by the Russian military when the Soviet Union collapsed was sold at auction on Friday by the Latvian government. Officials celebrated the sale and hoped it could bring new life to the empty town.
The Huffington Post
Blog post
February 5, 2010, 4pm PST

Followers of Vancouver city planning will remember that in 2008, as part of the approval of the EcoDensity Initiative, our Council approved what remains (we think) the highest green standard for private sector building design in North America. The 2008 policy requires that buildings that go through rezonings (representing most buildings built in Vancouver) must establish that their design, at approval, is capable of achieving LEED™ Silver. We actually nick-named it "Silver Plus", because we mandated that there be a minimum of 3 energy points, 1 water point, and 1 storm water point, emphasizing the things that matter most to us.

Brent Toderian
February 5, 2010, 2pm PST
HUD announced this week the formation of a new Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities, along with $100 million in grants for regional integrated planning initiatives.
The Seattle Times
February 5, 2010, 12pm PST
This essay from <em>The Urbanophile</em> looks at the economics behind greenfield development.
The Urbanophile
February 5, 2010, 11am PST
Underused since the end of the 2008 Summer Olympics, the Beijing Water Cube swimming stadium will be converted into a water park.
Agence France Presse
February 5, 2010, 6am PST
After receiving thousands of comments and suggestions, planners in Washington D.C. have narrowed options down to five plans for remaking the National Mall.
The Architect's Newspaper
February 4, 2010, 1pm PST
Other cities have opened up tall buildings to the public; Pittsburgh envisions doing the same with US Steel, which has a 1-acre flat roof.
PopCity Magazine
February 4, 2010, 8am PST
As a preventive measure to avoid future NIMBYism, an Air Force base in Arizona has effectively blocked the spread of residential development close to its borders.
The Arizona Republic
February 4, 2010, 5am PST
Instead of building its signature single family homes in dense New York neighborhoods, Habitat is expanding its model to include LEED-certified apartment buildings.
New York Times
February 2, 2010, 11am PST
Architect and urban designer Hector Fernando Burga looks at Haiti through the lens of a Haitian enclave in Miami and wonders what role designers can play in the devastated country's revival.
Places
February 2, 2010, 9am PST
Technology is going to be deeply integrated within New Songdo City, an instant city developing on a man-made island off the coast of Korea.
Fast Company
February 1, 2010, 2pm PST
Los Angeles explores the possibility of selling off parking garages to manage a budget crisis.
Los Angeles Times
February 1, 2010, 1pm PST
As part of a $133 million renovation of a federal building in Portland, the Government Services Administration plans to add 200-foot high "vegetated fins" that will carpet the building with plants and - hopefully - energy savings.
New York Times
February 1, 2010, 8am PST
A new luxury hotel with subway access on the ground floor has opened in L.A., creating what Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne sees as a bizarre mix of vanity and transit.
Los Angeles Times