Urban Development

February 20, 2009, 1pm PST
In Rohnert Park, CA, developers are turning a former industrial site into a green community that is almost completely energy independent. But can a project like this fit into an auto-oriented suburb?
February 20, 2009, 8am PST
Morris Architects seems to think so, taking first prize in a contest for hospitality design with their proposal to turn Gulf of Mexico drilling platforms into vacation destinations.
Curbed LA
February 19, 2009, 1pm PST
America's suburbs are no longer impervious to "slumming," as low income earners are forced into places that were once firmly middle class. Therefore, researchers say, anti-poverty measures should go beyond mere suburb relocation.
February 19, 2009, 12pm PST
The Municipal Art Society wants Coney Island to be bigger and more attractive, but the developer says time-share hotels and big boxes are the key the landmark's financial sustainability.
The New York Times
Blog post
February 18, 2009, 11am PST

Since Vancouver Council unanimously supported the preparation of bylaws to introduce laneway housing across the City in single family zones, the housing idea has been getting consistent media attention. Although we're in the process of using modeling and dialogue to answer the last few questions - what the parking standard should be, and the exact dimensions of the 1 1/2 story model - the most common question I get is "when can we apply for one?" 

Brent Toderian
February 18, 2009, 10am PST
Its history of pollution dates back to the Civil War, but 25 years after being declared a Superfund site, Woburn's Industri-plex in Massachusetts is just about cleaned up. A retail complex there has opened recently.
The Boston Globe
February 18, 2009, 8am PST
One developer has found a way to build condos at $60,000 less than it costs the average Toronto developer. Through deferrals from the city, money is made available to assist homebuyers with their down payments.
The Tyee
February 18, 2009, 5am PST
Recognizing that urban greenery is crucial city dwellers' health and well-being, experts in Chicago spent the 100th anniversary of Daniel Burnham's "Plan of Chicago" by discussing ways to attain its vision.
Medill Reports
February 18, 2009, 5am PST
The 'Subway to the Sea' project in Los Angeles isn't just about transportation- it also opens up a world of development opportunity, say architects Ernesto Vasquez, AIA and Jeff Mayer, AIA of MVE & Partners.
Jeff Mayer
February 17, 2009, 2pm PST
NYT columnist David Brooks compares the dreams for a more compact, less car-dependent lifestyle of many urban planners with the findings of a Pew Research poll on the types of communities Americans want to live in, and they are not like Amsterdam.
The New York Times
February 17, 2009, 7am PST
As other cities follow suit, Boston leads the way in creating artist housing through developer incentive programs and design requirements.
February 15, 2009, 11am PST
The 700,000k sq ft Oberoi Mall in Mumbai is an enclosed shopping center that also meets the street on the outside.
Shopping Centers Today
February 14, 2009, 7am PST
This point-counterpoint from <em>Building Design</em> debates whether the British can design good public spaces.
Building Design
February 13, 2009, 11am PST
In this thorough piece from <em>The Atlantic</em>, Richard Florida looks at the economic crisis facing the world, how it's affecting cities and regions, and how it will have a lasting effect on the U.S. -- in both good and bad ways.
The Atlantic
February 13, 2009, 9am PST
Downtowns can be designed to both reduce driving and boost the economy. But they're still going to need parking, according to urban designers George Crandall and Don Arambula.
Smart City
February 13, 2009, 8am PST
In this episode of the <em>KunstlerCast</em>, James Howard Kunstler looks at New Urbanism, compares it to regular urbanism, and argues that criticized New Urbanist developments will get better with age.
February 12, 2009, 12pm PST
A Las Vegas hotel-condo project's height is nearly cut in half--not due to budget cuts, but faulty rebar installation. Experts are reportedly unable to recall "such a drastic midconstruction downscaling."
The New York Times
February 12, 2009, 10am PST
This report takes a local perspective on CA's new land use law, in the context of two preceding environmental laws, CEQA and AB 32. While the former enabled activists to fight new growth, the pendulum has begun to swing toward developers.
The Berkeley Daily Planet
February 12, 2009, 8am PST
This article's author reports his and economist Matthew Kahn's recent findings on metropolitan areas and carbon emissions. As it turns out, living in a high density area is one of the best things one can do for the environment.
The DC Examiner
February 12, 2009, 5am PST

Cities are filled with spaces intended for the public -- but many of them are clearly owned and operated by the private sector.

Nate Berg