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Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy made landfall at 8pm ET on October 29, 2012 about 5 miles southwest of Atlantic City, NJ, as seen in this NOAA GOES-13 satellite colorized infrared image from the same time.

Jail the Planners for Not Preventing Sandy!

Ed Blakely indicts the planning profession for failing to protect our communities from the threat of a changing climate. How can we plan places that serve as bulwarks from the worst physical traumas, while providing economic and social resiliency?

November 5, 2012 - Edward J. Blakely

A Brave New World: How Apps Are Changing Planning

Mobile applications (apps) are gaining in popularity as tools for increasing participation in local governance and planning, and are opening up new possibilities for planners to tap into the wisdom of the crowd.

September 4, 2012 - Jennifer Evans-Cowley

Aerial view of Barcelona, Spain with Sagrada Familia church in middle among dense buildings.

How Urban Form Impacts Housing Affordability

The way we design cities affects housing costs differently than you might think.

April 18, 2024 - The Conversation

Chicago fire department fire truck driving down street with blurred background indicating motion at nighttime.

Balancing Road Diets With Emergency Access

Examples from the Netherlands show how bike lanes and traffic calming can coexist with effective emergency response.

April 10, 2024 - Streetsblog USA

Close-up of electric car battery.

Industry Leaders: Automakers Must Cut EV Battery Weight in Half

Experts call for lighter batteries, diversification of fuels, and a shift away from private cars and towrad public transit.

April 10, 2024 - Transport Topics

Man sitting on wooden bench under tall streetlight at night.

Elevating the ‘Small Stuff’ in Urban Design

Chuck Wolfe recaps arguments in favor of increased attention to incidentals — from benches to bollards — in urban development practices.

April 4, 2024 - Resurgence: A Journey via Substack

View from back of two women in winter clothing walking down street in European city.

Shifting the Male Perspective on City Planning

Urban spaces and transportation system are largely designed and managed by men, but cities are starting to recognize the unique challenges women and children face.

April 3, 2024 - Forbes

Gray moon surface with black sky and Earth in the background.

Train on the Moon? US to Explore Lunar Railway

Program proponents say this “visionary” endeavor “heralds a new era of human presence and economic activity beyond Earth.”

March 25, 2024 - The Economic Times

Paved walkway with a few people in lush green city park with large trees and benches.

WHO Resource Database Links Planning and Public Health

The directory aims to help governments and organizations improve planning practices to build healthier, more resilient communities.

March 21, 2024 - World Health Organization

Close-up of top of black rain barrel full of water with raindrops falling on surface.

Building ‘Sponge Cities’

How China embarked on an ambitious national plan to capture stormwater.

March 20, 2024 - Wired

Group of donkeys walking under photovoltaic solar panels in green field.

Making Solar Energy Land Use More Efficient

How an ‘ecovoltaic’ approach can balance energy production with conservation of sensitive land.

March 20, 2024 - Honolulu Civil Beat

Low shot of side of subway or commuter train and passengers walking on platform next to it.

Study: Half of Global Commutes Made by Car; Rates Vary Widely

The United States is conspicuously consistent in its high rates of car usage, a new analysis finds.

March 19, 2024 - Phys.org

Close-up of rounded weathered multicolored glass pieces on Glass Beach in Fort Bragg, California.

Transforming Landfills into Parks

Learn about eleven landfills that have been transformed into beautiful outdoor recreation spaces.

March 18, 2024 - Brightly

Multicolored lines of code against a black screen.

PlanGPT: A New AI Tool Specifically for Planners

The new large learning language model could help enhance efficiency and change the way urban planners work.

March 18, 2024 - Marktechpost

Man with sunglasses and cane sits on bus stop shelter bench.

Making Trip Planning Easier for Vision-Impaired Transit Riders

The app provides navigation using audio and haptic cues to improve accessibility for people with low vision.

March 15, 2024 - Next City

Close-up of row of electric car charging stations in a covered garage structure

Study: How EVs Perpetuate the Harms of Car Culture

While they emit less pollution, electric cars don’t solve many urgent issues like sprawl and fine particulate pollution.

March 12, 2024 - Bloomberg CityLab

Overhead view of multilane elevated highway with multiple levels.

The Harms of a Car-Centric World

While most of the world’s population doesn’t drive, cars have an outsized negative impact on public health, the environment, and land use.

March 7, 2024 - Streetsblog USA

Planter boxes and hoop tunnel with housing in the background

Urban Ag Activists Up In Arms About New Study

Researchers looked at the carbon footprint of urban farming versus conventional, and the results were surprising.

March 5, 2024 - Business Insider

Curbside packed with park cars and cyclist riding on the sidewalk.

Rethinking the Notion of Parking as a Public Good

Parking shapes every element of the urban environment, often to the detriment of a place. Why do we subsidize public parking as a public good, and how can we move forward?

March 4, 2024 - David Mepham

Aerial view of glass high-rise buildings on waterfront in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Video: How Tall Should Buildings Be?

Is there an ideal height — or should buildings be as tall as they need to be to fulfill housing needs?

February 29, 2024 - Next City

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Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Planning for Universal Design

Learn the tools for implementing Universal Design in planning regulations.