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A Vision for Public Food Production

October 24, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Public Food Production

We are increasingly concerned about the provenance of our food. Movements supporting local food production, urban agriculture, and more socially-equitable food systems have gained increasing traction over the last decade. Meanwhile, our industrial food systems are increasingly vulnerable.[read more]

Jaime Lerner's Urban Acupuncture

September 28, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Urban Acupuncture

Jaime Lerner, one of the most influential urban leaders of our time, has written down a great deal of all his hard-earned wisdom about the city in one slim yet rich volume, Urban Acupuncture: Celebrating Pinpricks of Change that Enrich City Life.[read more]


WEBCAST: George Marshall on Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change

September 1, 2014 by David Thorpe

George Marshall, whose brain is wired up to talk about climate change.

Why, despite overwhelming scientific evidence, do we still ignore climate change? And what does it need for us to become fully convinced of what we already know? An interview with George Marshall, author of a groundbreaking new book called Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change.[read more]

A Must-Read: The Updated Urban Bikeway Design Guide

August 30, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Biking, Design, and Urbanism


In the year 2000, the District of Columbia had three miles of bike lanes. Today, the district has roughly 80 miles of bike infrastructure, including the first lanes in historically underserved Ward 8. Many other U.S. cities have made similar investments.[read more]

Book Report: Happy City

August 28, 2014 by Christopher Berggren

Quality of Life in Urban Spaces

In 'Happy City, Transforming Our Lives through Urban Design' by Charles Montgomery, the author presents a refreshing perspective of cities as urban laboratories, where social equitability can be achieved through relatively low-cost redesigning.[read more]

Seven Classic, Must-Read Books About the Local Food Movement

Local Food Classics

The term “locavore” has been used to describe people as diverse as former hippies living off the land as well as foodies perusing farmers’ markets for organic produce. The notion of local food and its place in the United States’ economy is evolving, however.[read more]

Bottom-Up + Top-Down Support = People Centred Urban Solutions

May 19, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Urban Solutions

CITIES is about to launch the book We Own This City. The book’s ambition is to: ‘understanding how traditionally ‘top-down’ players are changing their working processes to adapt to the current system in which a more active urban population is setting new rules and standards form the bottom-up.'[read more]

New Prefab Book of Note: Prefabulous World

April 19, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

Prefab House Book

As we have been recently writing a series about green prefabricated homes, the timing could be no better for the release of “Prefabulous World – Energy Efficient and Sustainable Homes Around the Globe,” a new book on prefab homes by Sheri Koones.[read more]

The Shift to Complete Streets

December 15, 2013 by The Dirt ASLA

Complete Streets

In her new book Completing Our Streets: The Transition to Safe and Inclusive Transportation Networks, Barbara McCann notes that “the fundamental philosophy behind the complete streets movement can seem painfully obvious: roads should be safe for everyone traveling along them.”[read more]

City Sustainability Leaders Share Their Successes in The Guide to Greening Cities

December 4, 2013 by Kaid Benfield

Greening Cities

One of the most encouraging recent trends in municipal government has been the adoption of sustainability as a critical part of the urban agenda. Few places were even talking about these issues a decade ago. These ambitions deserve our applause.[read more]

Resiliency and The City: A Review of The Nature of Urban Design

November 10, 2013 by This Big City

City Resiliency

For the world of urban policy, Superstorm Sandy’s landfall was, in many senses of the word, a watershed moment. Sandy brought the raw power of nature to bear on urban areas otherwise used to mixing with nature only in sandals along the beach or running shoes in Central Park.[read more]

Past, Present, Future of Automobiles in America

August 13, 2013 by This Big City

Automobiles in America

Andy Singer doesn’t much care for cars, and he doesn’t want you to either. 'Why We Drive' is his pitch for “car-free cities and car-free living.” A cartoonist, Singer uses graphics, historical anecdotes, and troubling facts about autos to rally a visual assault on America’s car culture.[read more]