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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]

Ahead of His Time: Gandhi's Ideals on Sustainable Transport and Rrban Planning

October 8, 2013 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Ghandi and Urbanism

Recently, India celebrated the 144th birth anniversary of its greatest leader, Mahatma Gandhi, a visionary whose fundamental principles and vision are universally applicable – especially to issues such as sustainable transport.[read more]

Quadrilateral of Fashion: Milan's Planning Design Shapes its Economic Districts

October 4, 2013 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Milan Urban Planning

Often called the ‘design heart’ of Italy, Milan is a city that provides a cultural and economical diversity which is reflected in the strong urban planning and layout of its districts, as well as in the wide variety of events that take place during the year.[read more]

Stockholm, Sweden: An Urban Planner's Dream City

September 27, 2013 by Christopher Berggren

Stockholm and Urban Planning

The city of Stockholm, admired the world over for its beauty, cultural assets, and exemplary urban planning, is sometimes called the ‘Venice of the North’ because of its setting on 14 islands in a large archipelago on Sweden’s East Coast.[read more]

The Legacy of Soviet Architects and Planners in Astana, Kazakhstan

September 12, 2013 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Astana and Soviet Architecture

Though Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa designed Astana, Soviet theories on architecture, planning, and urbanism continue to shape the city’s environment. A monumental, central axis and monolithic high-rise apartment blocks are legacies of Soviet architects and planners.[read more]

'Where Ya Stay At?': How the Accretion of Cultures Becomes New Orleans' City Planners

September 4, 2013 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Nola's Cultural City Planning

“Where ya stay at?” is a common question for natives of New Orleans. This can sometimes be a typical question in other American cities, but it is certainly phrased differently. However, New Orleans is not a very typical of an American city.[read more]

The Participatory Planning World of Nabeel Hamdi

August 16, 2013 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Participatory Planning

In The Placemaker’s Guide to Building Community, the latest book by Nabeel Hamdi (2010), the reader continuously travels among practice and theory, bottom-up interventions and top-down policies, uncertainties and certainties, informality and formality.[read more]

Still Searching for the Sustainable City Formula

August 15, 2013 by Kaid Benfield

Sustainable Cities

I’m obsessed with trying to find just the right set of goals to define urban sustainability. The world of smart growth has been my home base for two decades and, for a long time, the classic “ten principles” of smart growth seemed a great answer.[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]

Loopy Landscapes: High Speed, Futuristic Transportation

August 10, 2013 by This Big City

Future Transportation

After revolutionizing the fields of online payment and electric cars, Elon Musk is ready to do it again, well maybe, by announcing a new transportation system, the Hyperloop, which promises to be faster and cheaper (in construction and operation) than pretty much anything.[read more]