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Bill Gates' investment group spent $80 million to build a 'smart city' in the desert — and urban planners are divided

A subsidiary of Bill Gates' investment firm has committed $80 million toward building a "smart city" in Belmont, a parcel of land in Arizona. Business Insider spoke with several urban planning experts who disagree on whether it is the...Show More Summary

District of Columbia Center Point in Washington, D.C.

Urban planner Pierre L’Enfant designed Washington, D.C. on an orderly street grid divided into four quadrants, with numbered streets running north-south and letters going east-west. The whole thing is centered on the Capitol Building,...Show More Summary

Singapore rolls out tough measures to keep cars off the roads

In the battle against the car, space-starved Singapore has deployed road tolls, massive spending on public transport, and a licence fee that bumps the cost of an average vehicle to over $80,000. But urban planners looking for solutions to gridlock may find the draconian measures hard to replicate in other less-compliant cities. Show More Summary

How the Russian Army Learned to Wage War (and Kill Its Enemies)

Michael Peck Security, Europe History teaches valuable lessons to Moscow's military planners.  The lessons learned section of a U.S. Army analysis of urban warfare is mostly a no-brainer: urban combat is long, costly, burns out troops and resources, combined arms warfare is essential, and so on. Show More Summary

Will the ACT Government allow planners to… plan?

Surprising things can happen when you are involved in advocacy with the ACT Government on urban environment issues. In recent years, discussions on planning were not about planning. They were more about how the residents had to deal with the never-ending onslaught of development driven by the property/sales arms of the ACT Government. The property […]

Seattle voters to elect first female mayor since 1926

Ninety-one years after Seattle elected Bertha Knight Landes as mayor, voters on Tuesday will elect a female mayor for the second time. Voters are choosing between 54-year-old urban planner Cary … Click to Continue »

Life in the city: Living near a forest keeps your amygdala healthier

A study conducted at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development has investigated the relationship between the availability of nature near city dwellers' homes and their brain health. Its findings are relevant for urban planners among others.

Life in the city: Living near a forest keeps your amygdala healthier

A new study examined the relationship between the availability of nature near city dwellers' homes and their brain health. Its findings are relevant for urban planners among others.

Cary Moon for Seattle Mayor

Although the stated transit and land use policy differences in the Seattle mayor’s race are small, we believe that urban planner Cary Moon has the stronger commitment to transit priority, bike and pedestrian infrastructure, and adding all types of housing stock to serve all who would like to live in Seattle. Much more than allied […]

Urban Planner: Wednesday, October 4

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Toronto is bursting at the seams with fall theatre productions (here’s the first part of our review round-up), but there’s always room for a bit more, especially new work. The Caminos 2017 festival of new works by local Pan-American,...Show More Summary

Urban Planner: Tuesday, October 3, 2017

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

International electro-art provocateur Peaches talks about her career and artistic practices tonight with Sook-Yin Lee, as part of the AGO’s Inspiration is a Monster series. Peaches (a.k.a. Merrill Nisker) is Berlin-based these days,Show More Summary

What Can Cities Do To Go "Blue?"

In a number of projects and proposals, architects and urban planners are working with water instead of against it

Urban Planner: Monday, October 2, 2017

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Exuberant pop act The Elwins, whose new album Beauty Community drops in mid-October, are playing the 102.1 the Edge’s Sugar Beach Session series midday today, before they embark on their fall tour. The studio, which faces out onto the...Show More Summary

Urban Planner: Sunday, October 1, 2017

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

For the Closer to the Heart fundraiser, benefiting the Regent Park School of Music, Canadian music vets will perform one or two of their favourite CanCon songs with an all-star backing band. Among the guests: Matt Mays, Damhnait Doyle, Royal Wood, host Sean Cullen, and more. Show More Summary

Why one region of the US will survive climate change better than any other, according to urban planners

A safe haven sounds like a good idea right about now. Somewhere that's warm but not too warm, free from hurricanes and flood-causing downpours, and close to a body of water yet far enough to avoid the threat of sea-level rise. WhichShow More Summary

Urban Planner: Saturday, September 30, 2017

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Coin collecting is becoming more and more of a niche pastime, with so much currency going online (or becoming plastic). So the Toronto Coin Expo is offering free admission to any budding collectors 16 and under interested in seeing how...Show More Summary

Urban Planner: What’s On In Toronto, September 28-October 4, 2017

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Urban Planner is your weekly curated guide to what’s on in Toronto—things that are local, affordable, and exceptional. In this week’s Urban Planner: art at the Power Plant and across the city for Nuit Blanche; post-JFL42 comedy includes...Show More Summary

Urban Planner: Friday, September 29, 2017

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The StreetARToronto Partnership Program has been working with artists to help beautify laneways and neglected areas in the city, and the Tranzac Club has been working with them and artist Elicser on their neighbourhood’s David French and Barbara Barrett laneways. Show More Summary

Urban Planner: Thursday, September 28, 2017

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A globetrotting artistic thinker’s symposium, the Creative Time Summit, lands in Toronto this week, coinciding with the launch of the fall exhibitions at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre. Tonight’s launch...Show More Summary

Talking Headways Podcast: Critiquing the Language of Planners

This week, Robin Rather of Collective Strength joins the podcast to talk about missteps in the planning profession - including how things go wrong with language. Robin shares how she got to thinking about urban issues and why she believes current planning practice is stuck in the 1990s. Show More Summary

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