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City-wide e-scooter share launched in ChiaYi, Taiwan

February 24, 2016 by Wayne Gao
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Imagine an “individualized” public transit system where reliable electric-powered bikes/scooters are available for use within walking distance in a city.[read more]

The Secrets of a Comeback Neighborhood

February 22, 2016 by Klaus Philipsen

Each Mayor and city council would like to have access to a secret recipe that would wake up lackluster communities and neighborhoods from slumber and decline and turn them around so they become pleasant places that generate taxes and have happy residents.[read more]

Orange County, North Carolina Tackling Housing Affordability Challenges

February 2, 2016 by The Global Grid

Townhouse development, Chapel Hill, Orange County, North Carolina, United States Affordable housing was a hot topic in the November 2015 election cycle, with many elected officials addressing the challenge. As a result, Chapel Hill’s three newly elected town council members will be asked to uphold their promises to focus on providing solutions to the affordability challenge, as many residents are feeling the pinch of housing costs in Chapel Hill and elsewhere in Orange County.[read more]

Could Your City Benefit from DIY Urban Planning? Yes, the Experience from Pro Helsinki 2.0 Suggests

January 12, 2016 by Timo Hamalainen

It’s been a bit more than a year since I and my urbanist comrades accomplished one of the most exciting things ever – well, at least as far as urban planning goes. Following about 10 months of work during evenings, weekends, and holidays, in October 2014 we finally published Pro Helsinki 2.0, the alternative master plan for Helsinki.[read more]

80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World – Book Review

May 20, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Designed for the Future by Jared Green

In Designed for the Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World, Jared Green offers 80 thought-provoking and frequently inspiring answers to this question from landscape architects, urban planners, architects, journalists, artists, and environmental leaders in the U.S. and beyond[read more]

My Placemaking Wishes for 2015

January 4, 2015 by Kristen Jeffers

Placemaking in the Coming Year

I flew and rode trains more than I’ve ever done in my life this year and it was great! I gave my first solo keynote. I’m looking forward to seeing many of you at Transportation Camp, DC and festivities surrounding the Transportation Review Board Annual Meeting in a few weeks.[read more]

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Planning for One Planet: A Dialogue for Thought

December 1, 2014 by Luis Rodriguez
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Planning and Dialogue

The reality is that access to opportunity varies depending on where you live. Different regional labor markets offer different types of jobs, and not all pay wages that offer a path out of poverty. Those jobs that do aren’t spread evenly across places, and may not be accessible to low-income workers.[read more]

5 Things that Architects Will Never Tell You or They’d be Out of a Job

October 11, 2014 by Taz Loomans
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Architecture and Practicality

Build it and they will come, right? For architects, all solutions to urban, suburban, and even rural problems lie in the built environment. Just look at Le Corbusier’s Plan Voisin, Paolo Soleri’s Arcology. These are all visions for cities that are supposed to be more egalitarian, more accessible and in harmony with nature.[read more]

How Does Your City Address its Streets - Literally?

October 3, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Cities and Addresses

Depending on where you live, street numbering may not be something you’ve given a lot of thought to. In Canada, and in many other places in the world, the convention is usually to start on one end of the street and count up — with even numbers on one side and odd numbers on the other.[read more]

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WEBCAST: An Interview With Pedro B. Ortiz

December 16, 2013 by David Thorpe

How will Istanbul and Los Angeles develop sustainably?

Might suburbia, urban freeways and six lane interchanges disappear in the future, in cities like Los Angeles? Pedro B Ortiz - World Bank consultant, ex-deputy mayor of Madrid, and board member of the International Urban Development Association - thinks so, and explains how.[read more]

The Rich Legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.

October 20, 2013 by The Dirt ASLA

Frederick Law Olmstead, Jr.

Frederick Law Omsted Jr. was in large part truly responsible for the development and recognition of landscape architecture as a profession. He also was responsible for the rapid evolution of the study of landscape architecture and the development of the field of urban planning.[read more]

Livable Portland? A New Plan

October 9, 2013 by Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman

Livable Portland

There’s something brewing in Portland, and it’s probably not what you’d expect. As we speak, planners and stakeholders are currently working on arguably the most important planning document since 1988: the Central City Plan 2035.[read more]