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. 

The ravines of Port-au-Prince (part 2)

Garbage collects at the outflow of a canal near Blvd. Harry Truman

There is no away On some philosophical level, most of us recognize the truth in this adage which has gained[Read More...]

The ravines of Port-au-Prince (part 1)

rue dalencourt ravine

The ravines of Port-au-Prince represent for me a perfect distillation of adjectives about this city.

Portland provides $300,000 worth of incentives for going green!

Portland energy efficiency rebate

Beginning this month, a fund of $300,000 will be made available

Portland provides $300,000 worth of incentives for going green!

Portland energy efficiency rebate

Beginning this month, a fund of $300,000 will be made available

What Hurricane Sandy teaches us about our built environment

sandy_approaches_east_coast-noaa

The profession of Design is about to drastically change. If you’re an architect, engineer, planner or builder, the way you[Read More...]

A Tale of Two Downtown Parks

Grand Park water

Just about everyone has been talking about Los Angeles’ Grand Park these days.  The first two blocks of the new[Read More...]

Designing the Peruvian Amazon

LALESA and AFH's design charette

Los Angeles – This past weekend, Saturday June 16th, 2012, LALESA, through Architecture for Humanity (AFH), hosted a Peruvian cultural center design charette[Read More...]

Foreign Species Found on Oregon Beach Traveled from Japan

Oregon Coast

Portland – The March 2011 tsunami that followed a magnitude-9 earthquake that hit the Honshu, Japan area still is affecting[Read More...]

Let’s all Common Build!

tensegrity - Common Boston group

Boston – When sustainable-living ideas, urban gardening, bike sharing, community-supported agriculture and bike-powered machines gather together the result is the[Read More...]

Portland Tops Rankings for Bike Commuting

bike rack

In Portland, bicycles provide both an economic boost and a healthy way to get around for residents.