Proposed AC Hotel in Gaslamp Quarter hits minor road bump

AC Hotel Gaslamp San Diego

San Diego’s Downtown Community Planning Committee voted on December 10 to withhold approval of the design of a proposed AC[Read More…]

Event Calendar December 11th -16th, 2014.

Elevator ? at Night

December 11th, 2014, 11:30 AM- 1:00 PM- December, Urban Land Institute Lunch.   December 13th, 2014, 11:00 AM- 4:00 PM- Save Our[Read More…]

Presents for Plannerds: 2014 Edition

Presents for Planners

It is that time of year again when we think about giving and receiving gifts.   Last year, I shared my[Read More…]

What is this Planner Thankful For?

Thank you card

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving is unequivocally my favorite holiday of the year because it gives me[Read More…]

Coordination: Can’t Plan Without It

Willowbrook Community Fair

If you have to capture “urban planning” using just two or three words, what would you say?  I distinctly remember[Read More…]

San Diego design event calendar November 18th-30th, 2014

Quigley freeway caps - fourteen lanes

Here are some urban design events for the rest of this month: November 18th, 2014 at, 7:30 AM-9:00 AM- Urban[Read More…]

The state of the State… (Illinois)

Bridge on Montrose Ave. - Photo by Joe Villanti

As the dust settles on the 2014 Midterm Elections it is a great opportunity to step back from all the[Read More…]

Berkeley Mayor Honors Architect and UrbDeZine Panelist Sandhya Sood

Hill House with passive solar building techniques in North India designed by Sandhya Sood, AIA.

UrbDeZine panel author Sandhya Sood, AIA, founding principal of Accent Architecture+Design in the San Francisco Bay Area was presented with[Read More…]

Happy Birthday, Campanile!!

Snube Cube fold patterns

The Campanile at the University of California, Berkeley, will be turning 100 years old next year -for those that do[Read More…]

Response to Comments: The Informal Housing Debate Remains Open

"We Legalize Garage Conversions" contractor's truck photographed in the City of Los Angeles

Earlier this summer, I published an article on these pages remarking on the growing scholarship on informality in the U.S.[Read More…]

San Diego DCPC – new downtown projects for November 2014

The San Diego Downtown Community Planning Committee (DCPC-SD) meets again Wednesday November 12, 2014 with a couple of new projects,[Read More…]

Celebrating Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas

‘Vocal Rush’ from the Oakland school of the Arts performing at Uncharted.

While I was a graduate student at UC Berkeley studying architecture, ideas were always buzzing around; at design charrettes, guest[Read More…]

AB 1999 – A Missed Opportunity

First Church of Christ Scientist Berkeley CA

Governor Jerry Brown missed a great opportunity to stimulate an important part of California’s economy last month.  Assembly Bill 1999,[Read More…]

October 18th-November 13th 2014, Event Calendar

Sinclair industrial artifact

October 18th- 31st, 2014 , San Diego Architectural Foundation presents, Archtoberfest     October 19th, 2014, 3:00 PM- 4:00 PM,[Read More…]

Rest for the Weary Planner

Working at the office

Rest is defined by the Oxford Dictionaries as “cease work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself, or recover[Read More…]

Where grows San Francisco?

Montgomery St Barracks

The common wisdom is that all the new development, or at least all the interesting development in San Francisco, is[Read More…]

In Defense of Uncertainty

People-centric planning for Sustainability

Nobody likes uncertainty. Certainly not the developers of a billion dollar mixed-use project that encounters community opposition due to traffic[Read More…]

Parking lot no more at Fifth & J in the Gaslamp Quarter?

5th & J Gaslamp Quarter San Diego - former site of Gran Havana Cafe and Cigars and two historic buildings

An invitation was emailed last week for a ground breaking ceremony to be held on Wednesday Oct. 8, at 10:00[Read More…]

APA Conference: Lessons from Disneyland

As a plannerd, I am naturally drawn to events like the American Planning Association (APA) conferences.  However, when I told[Read More…]

The Value of Planning in the Age of Economics.

Public and private investments.

A city makes many investments, such as infrastructure improvements, life and safety services, and in their employees. To fund such,[Read More…]