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Island Press Field Notes

By Laurie Mazur / On June 4th, 2018

As cities experiment with untested solutions to the unprecedented challenge of a warming planet, environmental impact bonds offer a valuable way to share risks and rewards.

By Laurie Mazur / On May 30th, 2018

The current global building boom provides an unprecedented opportunity to change the built environment’s carbon footprint.

By Will Selman / On April 25th, 2018

How could considering the “feminine” in urbanism change the future of our cities for the better?

By Jason Lee Beske, David Debs Dixon / On April 2nd, 2018

Qualities that began reviving cities 20 years ago — walkable density, community placemaking, a mix of uses geared to a diverse population — are bringing new life to North America’s suburbs.

By Kyler Geoffroy / On March 1st, 2018

A new (and free!) e-book from the Urban Resilience Project showcases sustainable, equitable environmental solutions in action. 

By John Cary / On February 26th, 2018

Housing, even and perhaps especially for the homeless, can and should restore people’s basic dignity, reflecting back to them that their lives have value.

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By Katharine Sucher / On February 23rd, 2018

The considerable social, economic, and environmental costs of suburban sprawl have been widely reported, but suburbs hold new potential for the 21st century. As ground zero for some of the most disruptive changes stemming from accelerating wealth...

By Michelle de la Uz / On February 9th, 2018

Believe it or not, now is the time to prepare for deadly summer heat. Gowanus, Brooklyn can show us how to tackle the heat while creating a more equitable and sustainable community.  

By Kyler Geoffroy / On January 3rd, 2018

John Cary, author of the new book Design for Good: A New Era of Architecture for Everyone, explores the intersection between design and dignity

By Katharine Sucher / On December 15th, 2017

For decades, collaborative design has helped enliven neighborhoods and promote racial, economic, and social justice. But in an era marked by climate change, growing income inequality, and major advances in technology, designers are acknowledging the...

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