August 15, 2009, 11am PDT
WebUrbanist features photographs of abandoned spaces in cities that are in decline, from the ramshackle homes of Detroit to the sinking piazzas of Venice.
August 15, 2009, 5am PDT
MIT researcher Jeffrey Warren has just released the latest version of Cartagen, a software platform for interactive mapping. Julia Galef takes a look.
Metropolis Magazine
August 7, 2009, 6am PDT
Nine finalists have been chosen for the Intelligent Transportation Society of America's Congestion Challenge. Andy Nash, a San Francisco transportation planner, gives his perspective on the entries.
Andy Nash Network
August 7, 2009, 5am PDT
The American Society of Landscape Architects has released an extensive online guide to resources for sustainable urban development.
ASLA's The Dirt blog
August 6, 2009, 5am PDT
Planetizen is creating a list of the most important people who have shaped urban places, and we want to know what you think. Vote on people nominated by the Planetizen community, or suggest your own. The polls close September 7.
August 5, 2009, 2pm PDT
Economist Paul Romer proposes the creation of new "charter cities", taking uninhabited areas and creating new innovative charters for cities that avoid the burden of national regulations. Guantánamo Bay is an ideal location, he says. (VIDEO)
August 5, 2009, 8am PDT
At a digital security conference in Las Vegas, a presenter showed that newer "smart" parking meters can be hacked, giving the hacker free parking wherever they go.
Boing Boing
August 4, 2009, 7am PDT
Peak oil will happen at least 10 years earlier than most governments are expecting, and an oil crunch will occur in the next 5 years, says Dr Fatih Birol, chief economist at the International Energy Agency.
The Independent (UK)
August 3, 2009, 10am PDT
Urban sounds can have an effect on people -- both physically and mentally. This sonic tour through New York City examines how sounds affect urbanites.
August 3, 2009, 9am PDT
Disasters happen. Being prepared is almost always the ideal, but rarely the reality. A disaster training facility in Texas is trying to change that.
Popular Science
August 3, 2009, 5am PDT
Builder Fernando Pagés Ruiz discovered by accident that the multicultural groups in his community had special needs that weren't being met.
Fernando Pagés Ruiz
August 2, 2009, 11am PDT
This slideshow form <em>Mother Nature Network</em> shows seven globa cities that are completely free of cars.
Mother Nature Network
July 31, 2009, 9am PDT
The Urban Mole is a proposed package delivery robot that uses existing sewer tunnels to deliver packages underground, taking delivery trucks off of the streets.
July 30, 2009, 9am PDT
Planning technology expert Charles A. Donley reviews a new piece of software that combines the worlds of Computer-Aided Design and Geographic Information Systems to help site planners visualize and analyze their plans.
Charles A. Donley, AICP
July 27, 2009, 5am PDT

Andrea Broaddus
July 24, 2009, 7am PDT
Witold Rybczynski provides an illustrated history of airport architecture on Slate [Slideshow].
July 23, 2009, 8am PDT
This piece from <em>The Atlantic</em> looks at the emerging concept of "geoengineering" -- a set ideas that seek solutions to climate change by manipulating the environment.
The Atlantic
July 23, 2009, 5am PDT
Museums are transitioning from niche cultural sites to community hubs, and expanding their engagement with their cities.
Christian Science Monitor
July 17, 2009, 8am PDT
A review of <em>The Wayfinding Handbook: Information Design for Public Places</em> by David Gibson finds it rich with great ideas for designing new systems, but lacking in ideas for fixing old ones.
re:place Magazine
July 16, 2009, 11am PDT
A new city bike sharing design concept not only gives people access to bikes, but also provides power for the local bus system and even pays riders to do it.
The Christian Science Monitor