September 9, 2009, 5am PDT
As the push for renewable energy increases, The Nature Conservancy points out that renewables need a lot of land to work and could cause "energy sprawl."
September 8, 2009, 1pm PDT
For political, technological, and even demographic as well as economic reasons, don't expect American oil consumption to increase over 2007 levels. $3 gas is here to stay, and the days of the petrol-gulping SUVs and guzzlers may be numbered.
September 6, 2009, 1pm PDT
This week's episode of <em>Smart City</em> features a discussion with planner Larry Beasley about how love can be an economic driver for cities, and how planning around emotions can improve cities.
September 6, 2009, 9am PDT
Eating local is in vogue, as the environmental impacts of industrialized agriculture surface. But is eating local really the right response? One author says maybe not.
September 5, 2009, 1pm PDT
The rise of smart mobile technology is increasing the demand for digital interactivity in public spaces. Marketers and artists are obliging.
September 5, 2009, 9am PDT
2010 will bring with it a series of huge international events -- the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the World Cup in South Africa and the World Expo in Shanghai. Though seen as major opportunities for their hosts, these events can also be dangerous.
September 4, 2009, 7am PDT
New world cities are emerging, and the "first truly urban century" will be shaped by the way increasing wealth is handled in places like Mumbai, Bangalore, Shanghai, Beijing, Sao Paulo and Dubai.
September 3, 2009, 2pm PDT
Policies that encourage density as a way to reduce carbon emissions won't be able to play a significant role in reducing carbon emissions in time to counteract global warming, according to a new report from the National Academy of Sciences.
September 3, 2009, 8am PDT
Shanghai could be them model city of the future, according to a new exhibit.
September 3, 2009, 6am PDT
A new report from the International Olympic Committee has evaluated the four host candidates for the 2016 Summer Olympics and found many places for improvement ahead of its October 2 decision.
September 3, 2009, 5am PDT
Rapid urbanization and dense cities with inadequate infrastructure are being cited as leading causes in the spread of dengue fever throughout Southeast Asia and the rest of the world.
September 2, 2009, 12pm PDT
The failing world economy put many large eco-developments on hold, but many projects like the Amsterdam's 'smart city' and Germany's Eco City Hamburg-Harburg are on track and forging new ground in sustainability practices.
September 2, 2009, 8am PDT
A new study from the UK Royal Society has determined that geo-engineering techniques are technically feasible approaches to address high levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and the resulting global warming.
August 31, 2009, 7am PDT
The population is expected to climb to 9 billion within the next 50 years. As a result, crucial natural resources will dwindle. This article looks at four that will be much harder to come by in the future.
August 28, 2009, 9am PDT
Like in Pixar's recent movie <em>Up</em>, some people refuse to leave their homes when every lot around them is turning into a major development. This blog profiles some of these so-called "nail houses," as seen from Google Earth.
August 28, 2009, 7am PDT
A Dutch hydrological engineer has developed a new way to measure the environmental impact of humans: the "water footprint".
August 27, 2009, 2pm PDT
Dan Maginn proposes some exercises for visualizing how much room you actually need to live, starting with this equation: too big = not good. Small = good. Too small = suck.
August 27, 2009, 9am PDT
Smart phones are bringing about a new realm of "augmented" reality -- where digital data can be visually overlaid into real life environments in real-time.
August 27, 2009, 5am PDT
The future of architecture is in its expression as city structure, not just as buildings, and in its self-conscious ecological awareness, says architect Richard Register.
August 23, 2009, 1pm PDT
In this Q&A, <em>The Wall Street Journal</em> talks with landscape architect Adriaan Geuze, whose work has had a big impact on the field, especially in its combination of landscape design, architecture and planning.