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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

3 weeks 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

3 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

3 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

4 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.

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