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Innovations: Placemeter launches in bid to provide retailers, cities with better data

Placemeter, a start-up that bills itself as an urban intelligence platform, officially launched Tuesday. Its co-founders believe they can provide better information to retailers, city planners and governments at a fraction of the price of traditional methods of counting foot traffic.Read full article >>

The Pope’s wise advice on traffic, parking and public transit

The Pope, it turns out, is an urban planner. In a few paragraphs embedded in the middle of his epic environmental encyclical published this week, he managed to tie together affordable housing, mass transit, parking, inequality, architecture,...Show More Summary

Idea Festival 2014, Where Creativity & Innovation Converge

Imagine an eclectic conference in the heart of bourbon country that brings together thought leaders, big thinkers, educators, scientists, politicians, urban planners, technologists, authors, artists, students and musicians under one roof? And...that is not by all means an exhaustive list. Show More Summary

INFOGRAPHIC: How vertical farming could help cities feed themselves

As arable land decreases and urban populations increase, planners and designers worldwide have begun looking at vertical farming as a way to boost urban food security. Like its name implies, vertical farms are located in vertical spaces, like buildings,

Retrospective featuring some three hundred works by Le Corbusier opens at the Centre Pompidou

2 months agoArts : Artdaily

The Centre Pompidou is devoting a completely new retrospective, featuring some three hundred works, to the output of Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, aka Le Corbusier. Not only a visionary architect, urban planner and theorist of modernity,...Show More Summary

The Urban Planner Artist Who Wants To Revitalize Without Gentrifying

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“Artists have long been a useful tool for developers; since the 80s the conventional way of ‘waking up’ destitute urban areas has been to rent out cheap studio space to art students and watch the creativity and the café culture follow, before the loft apartments are sold on to the bonus-rich with authentic artisanal grit […]

New Tool for Renewable Energy Developers From IRENA

The International Renewable Energy Agency has just released an exciting tool for renewable energy entrepreneurs, urban planners, and researchers: Project Navigator. It should greatly increase the number of successful renewable powerShow More Summary

Actors Equity Lowers Curtain on Piece of L.A. Civic Culture

By most accounts, urban planners don't need to pay much mind to the policies of stage actors unions. It's the rare city in which theaters have much of an impact on the built environment. And yet, planners have every reason to care about...Show More Summary

TX: Urban Planner Peddles Walkability

April 22--Having visited Houston multiple times in recent months, Boston-based urban designer Jeff Speck has gotten to know the more walkable parts of this city, where cars are not the sole form of transportation. "Downtown has come a huge distance in the last 20 years... Show More Summary

How Green Could New York Be?

Michael Sorkin, a globe-trotting sixty-six-year-old architect, urban planner, and critic, has published fourteen books and has designed buildings and public spaces from the Rockaways to Abu Dhabi. Currently, one of his biggest projects is a large urban complex in Xi’an, China. Show More Summary

Book review: Tactical Urbanism. Short-term Action for Long-term Change

Short-term, community-based projects--from pop-up parks to open streets initiatives--have become a powerful and adaptable new tool of urban activists, planners, and policy-makers seeking to drive lasting improvements in their cities and beyond. These quick, often low-cost, and creative projects are the essence of the Tactical Urbanism movement

Getting Americans to Walk More Using DIY Guerrilla Wayfinding Signs

3 months agoArts : Slate: The Eye

Pop-up parks, open streets initiatives, and other short-term community-based projects have become DIY tools in the arsenal of urban activists, land-use planners, and policymakers looking to make their cities better places to live. Tactical...Show More Summary

An urban planner gives us the lowdown on L.A.

The California section recently grabbed breakfast with urban planning guru Dan Rosenfeld, at Kitchen Mouse restaurant in quickly changing Highland Park. Rosenfeld has been poking at the way cities work for decades, both as a private sector developer and in public-sector roles. A Stanford grad...

Urban Planning Jobs: How to Get Them and What to Expect

Do you want to help make the world a better place? As an urban planner, you can decide how cities and towns are designed and function to help families live better lives and businesses run more efficiently. Check out if this is the right career for you. The post Urban Planning Jobs: How to Get Them and What to Expect appeared first on.

Look List: The Best New Museums

Culture vultures know how to holiday. They aim for creative clusters—innovative centers abuzz with imaginative activity—and let loose. While some clusters occur organically, art-smart urban planners have turned the creation of cultural spaces into an art form all its own. Here are a few newly opened and about-to-open art hubs that are putting imagination on the…

Los Angeles Things: Finding Los Angeles's Dense, Urban, Transit-Riding Core

Contrary to the stereotypes, Los Angeles is actually the least sprawly large metro area in the country, but as transportation planner Michael Rhodes writes at Medium, "astute researchers have also pointed out that 'dense sprawl' is not the same...

Public Works: Raising the Bar for Development Projects

4 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Portland has told its city planners to scrutinize development proposals for neighbourhood compatibility, nature preservation, and other factors. Here's why Toronto can't be that firm. Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them. Show More Summary

Urban Renewal Officially Ended In 1974, Still Alive In St. Louis

The redevelopment process commonly known as Urban Renewal, in retrospect, was largely a failure: After World War II, urban planners (then largely concerned with accommodating the increasing presence of automobiles) and social reformers (focused on providing adequate affordable housing) joined forces in what proved to be an awkward alliance. The...

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