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German architect Speer, son of top Nazi, dead at 83

4 days agoArts : Artdaily

One of Germany's most prominent architects and urban planners of the post-war period, Albert Speer junior, has died aged 83, local media reported Sunday. His death late Friday came after an operation on a broken hip sustained in a fall at his home in the western city of Frankfurt, Bild daily reported. Show More Summary

Urban Planner: What’s On In Toronto, September 15-20

6 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

This week, the music of the movies; Toronto Fringe Festival hits return; outdoor eating and activities on the streets, beaches, and in parks; celebrations of Jon Kaplan, the Polaris Prize short list, and more. Friday, September 15 The Toronto International Film Festival wraps up this weekend, and the city’s live theatre companies are raring to go. Show More Summary

Where is the world's most walkable city?

From New York’s cafe squares to Melbourne’s laneways to the walled Fes el Bali, these pedestrian paradises combine safety, beauty and comfort. Now urban planners are taking note as they seek to hand back cities to the walkers For decades...Show More Summary

Amazon is opening a new $5 billion headquarters in a mystery location — and it could transform the chosen city

Amazon is opening a new headquarters, HQ2, somewhere in North America. It will employ up to 50,000 people, most of them white-collar workers. Economists and urban planners say the move could fundamentally change how the selected city...Show More Summary

Urban Planner: What’s On In Toronto, September 7-13

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Highlights this week include "The Festival of Festivals," music and comedy on wheels and on the water, and new songs by two Rankin family members. Thursday, September 7 The Toronto International Film Festival arrives today, slightlyShow More Summary

Reimagining our roads

On-the-street solutions for improving five American cities, with accessibility and mobility in mind In the quest to create more pedestrian-friendly cities, urban planners often carve out space in obvious places like parks, greenways, and waterfronts. Show More Summary

Urban Planner: What’s On In Toronto, September 1-6

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Jet planes, comic heroes, fire breathers, and more in this long weekend edition; plus Second City's new revue, spicy food and sports by the water, and 60 years of life (drawing). Friday, September 1 With the ascendancy of comics andShow More Summary

Is the Best Part of This $23K, 85-Guest Hawaii Wedding the Boozy Shave Ice?

Natalie, Writer and marketing specialist & Taylor, Urban Planner and National Guard Infantryman Sum-up of the wedding vibe: A food- and drinks-first Hawaii bash with all the things we love about parties, and none of things we don’t. Planned...Show More Summary

Uber’s traffic data is now available to the public

The company’s Uber Movement website is now out of beta and available to all, reports Engadget. Uber Movement was designed to give urban planners access to Uber’s traffic data so they could use it to improve their transit systems. But now the company has opened up the data to the public as well. Show More Summary

Lesson from Houston and New Orleans: Listen to engineers and urban planners about building in low-lying cities

To the editor: Having been a member of the Urban Land Institute team that helped New Orleans rebuild after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, it seems like déjà vu all over again in Houston. (“For years, engineers have warned that Houston was a flood disaster in the making. Why didn't somebody do something?...

KY: Don't Expand Lexington's Urban Area, City Planners Say

Fayette County's planning commission has recommended keeping Lexington's current growth boundary, encouraging development in underutilized areas of the city instead of on virgin farmland in Kentucky's second most-populated county.

The great transit rip-off

Over the past decade, there has been a growing fixation among planners and developers alike for a return to the last century’s monocentric cities served by large-scale train systems. And, to be sure, in a handful of older urban regions, mass transit continues to play an important — and even vital — role in getting […]

Urban Planner: What’s On In Toronto, August 24-30

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

This weekend hits peak outdoor Shakespeare, plus: outdoor pug grumbles and pow wows; comedy in new venues; luchadors, Taiko drummers, Fake Prom scream queens, and more. Friday, August 25 The monthly leaderless bike ride, Critical Mass,...Show More Summary

High-resolution modeling assesses impact of cities on river ecosystems

New mapping methods can help urban planners minimize the environmental impacts of cities' water and energy demands on surrounding stream ecologies.

High-resolution modeling assesses impact of cities on river ecosystems

(DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) New mapping methods developed by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory can help urban planners minimize the environmental impacts of cities' water and energy demands on surrounding stream ecologies.

Malcolm Snow leaves NCA to head City Renewal Authority

4 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The new head of the City Renewal Authority wants to see more Canberrans have their say on planning and development issues and not have them left to a vocal minority. Award-winning urban thinker and planner Malcolm Snow, who will leave his position as Chief Executive of the National Capital Authority to join the CRA on […]

Urbania

Plays: 3Px1. The Game Urbania is about renewing old buildings in the city. You are urban planners responsible for redeveloping the city. You're going to make this city happening all over again! During game setup, you randomly fill the board with building tiles. Show More Summary

Urban Planner: What’s On In Toronto, August 18-23

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

This weekend, the CNE, Sail In Cinema, Camp Wavelength, and more; next week, improv in an art gallery, and robots vs. kaiju on the waterfront. Friday, August 18 The Canadian National Exhibition always comes up with a few unique events...Show More Summary

The Stadium Scam: Urban Planning Disaster Edition

Great piece by an urban planner about how the ridiculous new Cobb County stadium for the “Atlanta” Braves is a completely disaster. The Braves chose to relocate to Cobb County from downtown Atlanta’s Turner Field after only 19 years because of a $400 million public subsidy from Cobb taxpayers. The costs are almost certain to […]

Urban Planner: What’s On In Toronto, August 11-16

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

This week, the final days of the SummerWorks Festival, and the opening of Assembly Theatre and Bad Dog's Blockbuster Week; The Night Market, Taste of The Danforth, and Kultura festivals; shooting stars, sex worker rights, and savingShow More Summary

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