Commentaries


Planetizen
November 24, 2008
Getting people to understand the intricacies of planning can be a challenge. The modern-day emphasis on public participation is an effort to get people involved, but it's frankly not too appealing for most people to attend public hearings about zoning amendments and setback changes. But those zoning amendments and setback changes could be pretty important. Planners need to try harder to connect with the people their work affects to explain its importance. It's time to break from convention. One possible way is dancing.
Planetizen
November 13, 2008
Oil is running out and the climate is changing. How this impacts cities will largely be determined by how the urban design field reacts.
Next American City
November 8, 2008
Urban design, urban planning and architecture interrelate—except in the classroom.
Next American City
November 7, 2008
This symposium focuses on cities as they prepare to move beyond the age of oil. But the age of oil is really more of a state of mind.
Next American City
November 7, 2008
Without comparable scales for mapping, development and design, cities can’t truly communicate.
Next American City
November 7, 2008
If one were to step back and take a look at the world as a whole, without international borders, the health and efficiency of this one entity would appear very poor. It’s a dismal view, but might this be a better way to approach the challenge of climate change?
Planetizen
October 29, 2008
It's Halloween and that means it's costume time. But, what's that you say? Too busy updating your comprehensive plan to find a costume? Well, don't fret! I've got some last-minute costume ideas for the busy urban planner that are both fun and planning related.
Planetizen
October 23, 2008
City streets need only few things to make them safe, according to the famous urbanist Jane Jacobs. She says safe streets need people walking around, places for them to go, things for them to do and other people for them to interact with. Simple as that. But Jane forgot one more thing: a sock full of quarters.
Planetizen
September 14, 2008
Earlier this month, researchers performed a test run of a bus that basically drives itself. It follows a line of magnets embedded in the pavement, coursing exactly along its route and eventually to the bus stop. The tiny magnets on the bus and in the street guide the bus to the perfect parking position at the stop for picking up passengers. It's a cool idea, and a lot of transit agencies are interested. But there are wider applications.
Planetizen
August 8, 2008
Pizza is delicious. Crop circles are cool. But what happens when you put them together? This happens. And it is horrible.