Streets as Conduits of Social Justice

Re:Streets by MIG

[co-authored by Lilly Jacobson] Streets are not just conduits for moving cars and people; they have a profound impact on[Read More...]

Parks and Climate Change: The L.A. County Story

Tree at Schabarum Park

Local and regional parks can be used to mitigate the urban heat island effect and minimize local climate change.  Unfortunately,[Read More...]

$1 billion of federal funding to weave resilience into disaster preparedness

Rebuild by Design Resilient Workshop

  Last week’s announcement by the White House of $1 billion of funding to go to communities hit by disasters signals that ‘resilience’[Read More...]

How City Park Design Contributes to Resident Health

Philadelphia

City parks are more than pretty outdoor spaces — research shows they can also be critical to improving a community’s[Read More...]

‘Adapt, We May’ – The Chelsea Way: Regional Resilience and America’s Coastal Cities

Chelsea Underwater

Summer is the season for symposia, conferences, workshops, and the like. The mind and body rebel a bit at being[Read More...]

Orange County Great Park: A Work in Progress

Carousel

Over the weekend, I visited the Orange County Great Park with my family.  Having heard and read so much about[Read More...]

Disasters depend

Ravine Pintade, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

In my previous post, I addressed some assumptions author Vishaan Chakrabarti makes in How Density Makes Us Safer During Natural Disasters. I[Read More...]

Towards resilient regions

Rockaways Damage

In How Density Makes Us Safer During Natural Disasters by Vishaan Chakrabarti, the author uses the example of Hurricane Sandy’s effects within[Read More...]

Touring the Presidio of San Francisco

Presidio Visitor Center

During last month’s National Outdoor Recreation Conference, I had the opportunity to tour the Presidio of San Francisco, a park[Read More...]

Is Space-Sharing Healthy Living?

Formerly an office – copyright: FG

Located in Boston’s Marine Industrial Park, there is a space (HQ headquarters) is the space where ideas and projects are[Read More...]

Planes, Trees, and Parks

Southwest plane

What do planes have to do with trees and parks?  I would not be surprised if you asked.  I did[Read More...]

Tour of East Bay Regional Parks

View from Roberts Regional Recreation Area

As part of the Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.: A Vision for the American West symposium, I had the opportunity to[Read More...]

Juxta-Prose: Mass Hesperia!!

Cal Earth: Dome - looking out

On a recent visit to Cal-Earth’s open house and interactive tour (at a colleague’s request) I realized three major benefits of such[Read More...]

These Sidewalks Are Not Made for Walkin’

sidewalk damage from ficus tree

With over 40 percent of the City’s sidewalks buckled and broken, sidewalks are a symbol of the ineptitude of the[Read More...]

Wake Up, Bostonians!

Design Museum Boston's new exhibition: Green Patriots Poster

In the era of social media, blossoming blogs and personal-tv’s how can communities be sensitized toward a cause? Now that[Read More...]

L.A. Auto Show: A Planner’s Perspective

LA Auto Show

Should planners go to car shows?  After all, aren’t we supposed to hate cars and only use alternative modes of[Read More...]

Iron Man and Urban Planning

Iron Man theatrical poster

Are you a fan of the Iron Man movies?  I recently watched Iron Man 3, and found the latest installment in the series[Read More...]

Promised Lands: 5 Examples of Housing Developments in Haiti (part 2 of 2)

Another business in Canaan. Photo by the author.

In Part 1 of this series, we explored the context that made greenfield or exurban sites attractive for post-earthquake recovery[Read More...]

Promised Lands: 5 Examples of Housing Developments in Haiti (part 1 of 2)

2-story 4-unit building under construction - imported sitecast concrete. Photo by the author.

A good friend and colleague of mine, and a very talented architect, always insisted that with respect to social housing,[Read More...]

APA Conference: Lessons from Chicago

Cloud Gate Millennium Park

I was just in Chicago, one of my favorite cities, for the American Planning Association (APA)’s National Planning Conference.