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Seven Myths About New Urbanism

September 29, 2014 by This Big City

New Urbanism Myths

Joel Kotkin, a fellow at Chapman University and an untiring defender of the suburbs, begins a recent column in the Washington Post with a perfectly valid question: “What is a city for?” He then proceeds to get that question completely wrong.[read more]


WEBCAST: Margaret Robertson on Sustainability Principles and Practice

February 3, 2014 by David Thorpe

What is regenerative design?

Margaret Robinson, author of a new book, Sustainability Principles and Practice, discusses training the next generation of urban leaders in sustainability, Smart Growth and New Urbanism, the Living Building Challenge rating system, green revolving funds, and how to transcend Jenov's paradox.[read more]

The Inadequacy of "Good" Urbanism

December 23, 2013 by Jamaal Green

Google search the term “good urbanism” and you run into a bevy of blog posts and books all proclaiming to know how to good places through adhering to the principles of “good urbanism." Invariably, the recommendations touted are almost all design-based or centered on modifying the urban form.[read more]

Urbanists and Anti-Corruption Practitioners, Unite!

December 3, 2013 by Polis International

Urban Corruption

Creative, inclusive and just. Safe, healthy and green. Adaptive, resilient and sustainable. Urbanists frequently articulate these visions for cities, but an important element is missing: integrity. By integrity I mean transparent governance with preventative measures for controlling corruption.[read more]

Los Angeles: Vast City Living on The Edge

November 24, 2013 by Christopher Berggren

Los Angeles Urbanism

Los Angeles, larger than any other American city except New York, is a gargantuan urban complex living ‘on the edge’ and the city most urgently in need of a massive urban planning overhaul. The city’s famously extensive network of freeways collects traffic as much as it facilitates fast and easy flow.[read more]

Urbanism: On Remaking Cities

October 24, 2013 by Joe Nickol

City Resiliency

Cities are never finished. They continue to evolve and adapt to change. The urban design of a city is the sum of organic and planned public spaces that have formed over time in its streets, riverfronts, plazas, and neighborhood parks.[read more]

Portland 2.0: Weaving Myths of Urban Nationalism

September 13, 2013 by Jim Russell

Portland and Urbanism

At TechfestNW, Alan Weber, founding editor of Fast Company, gave a rousing keynote speech laying out a bold vision for Portland’s (Oregon) future. In order to inspire a certain future, one must reinvent the past. What’s next is only natural. It’s in our DNA. It’s uniquely Portland.[read more]

Urban Life & The Human Scale [VIDEO]

August 21, 2013 by Future Cape Town

Human Scale

50% of the world’s population lives in urban areas. By 2050 this will increase to 80%. Life in a mega city is both enchanting and problematic. Today we face peak oil, climate change, loneliness and severe health issues due to our way of life. But why?[read more]

Pittsburgh vs. Portland: May the Best City Win

August 20, 2013 by Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman

Portland and Pittsburgh

There is a competition mentality that plagues our conversations about cities year after year, here and abroad, that can be both the source of joy or scourge for mayors and citizens alike. What is the best city to start a business in? Where should I move to for a great nightlife?[read more]

Urbanism: Reconsidering Seaside, Florida

August 19, 2013 by Kaid Benfield

Seaside, Florida and Urbanism

I’m hardly the only one whose career was strongly influenced by the now-iconic planned town of Seaside, on Florida’s Panhandle coast. If I hadn’t run across an article about Seaside, designed by new urbanist stalwarts Duany Plater-Zyberk, I’m not sure what I would be doing now.[read more]


Urbanism Speakeasy - Planning + Designing Transit for Humans

August 14, 2013 by Andy Boenau

Urbanism Speakeasy is a podcast with a particular focus on human-scale design. We love streets and places designed for people, regardless of how they happen to travel. No advanced technical degrees or silver spoons required on this show. Our primary goal is to share technical information and trends in ordinary language. The show is...[read more]

Urbanism: Ten #CityData Facts About Cities

August 6, 2013 by This Big City

Facts on Urbanism


We’ve been working on our new #citydata series over on Tumblr in recent weeks, taking data about cities and sharing it in a highly visual format. We’ve travelled the world (well, Googled the world) to share interesting data with our followers.[read more]