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Open Competition: Redesign the World’s Largest Temporary City

Creating a one-of-a-kind opportunity for urban designers and aspiring planners, Black Rock City is soliciting fresh layouts from anyone who wishes to...

NC: Planners Seek Public Reaction to Transportation Plans

If it seems a bit early to be plotting transportation projects for 2040, just consider that local officials began looking ahead to the Greensboro Urban Loop about 60 years ago. And the way it looks, the loop's last foot of concrete won't...Show More Summary

?Inside the Brain of a Smart City

Today’s smartest cities are learning to see urban environments as massively complex ecosystems. To see how they work, engineers and planners are developing innovative networks of sensors that gather data and respond to challenges in real-time—kind of like turning every inch of a city into the cells of a giant brain. Show More Summary

The Guardian Cities: Skylines challenge – can I build a truly anti-capitalist city?

Urban planner Finn Williams uses the building simulator to create a ‘post-growth city’ with an economy based on social exchange rather than consumption Karl Mathiesen: can I create the world’s greenest city? There is no “game over” in Cities: Skylines, just 400 or so citizens rattling around the remains of my city. Show More Summary

Eco-Minded Urban Planners Create a Bike Path Protected by Solar Panels in South Korea

The same structure shielding bikers from bad weather also powers the street-lamps running alongside the road.

Space Not Spikes humanizes London’s shameful anti-homeless initiative

Urban planners in London are determined to make life even more difficult for the homeless by placing spikes on commonly used areas for sleeping and sitting. The spikes are placed in all the “right” places -- the sides of sidewalks closest to and It

An 'Uber' for apartments could fix major housing issues

Speculative property developers, criticized for building dog boxes and the slums of tomorrow, are generally hated by urban planners and the public alike. But the doors of state governments are seemingly always open to developers and their lobbyists. Show More Summary

Woodland Warehouse Wedding at Union/Pine

After a romantic proposal in Paris, Jess and Sarah turned to a more natural setting for their wedding. The Union/Pine in Portland, Oregon was the perfect urban warehouse for this couple, with the help of amazing planner and designer S. Show More Summary

‘Eco-towers’ will fight climate change

A new generation of green skyscrapers could help alleviate worldwide climate change, writes an urban planner.

Hating on Junkies and Drunks Shows an Embarrassing Lack of Existential Empathy

2 months agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

A view from an apartment on First Hill, a neighborhood one Crosscut writer believes is being ruined by urban planners. Charles Mudede What I find most disturbing in the pro-car and anti-public-space post on Crosscut, "Unreal city planning...Show More Summary

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

4 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

4 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

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