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By Katharine Sucher / On February 3rd, 2017

Creating cities that work for everyone means seeing them from different perspectives—literally. In Seeing the Better City, urbanist writer, photographer, and land-use attorney...

By Jaimie Hicks Masterson / On December 21st, 2016

In October, Jonah Engel Bromwich wrote an article for the New York Times entitled “Where should you live to escape...

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By Timothy Beatley / On December 21st, 2016

Few things in the world have as much immediate ability to shift me into a different mood, into a different and more positive outlook, than birds—seeing them, hearing them, watching their often frenetic but joyful movements and machinations. Birds, and...

By Annie Matan, Peter Newman / On December 1st, 2016

Walkability is a global movement. Every year walkability professionals come together at the international walking conference, Walk21. In October of this year for the first time the conference was held...

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By Katharine Sucher / On November 18th, 2016

Around the country, interest in Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings is growing—this fall Santa Monica passed the world’s first ZNE building requirement for new single family homes and Boise unveiled Idaho’s first commercial ZNE building.

By David Hall / On October 17th, 2016

Founded in 1996, The Skyscraper Museum is a private, not-for-profit, educational corporation devoted to the study of high-rise building, past, present, and future. Located in New York City, the world's first and foremost vertical metropolis, the museum...

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By David Hall / On October 14th, 2016

As cities in America redevelop, they face challenges to citizens’ wellbeing, i.e. gentrification and sustainability concerns.

By Stephanie Meeks / On October 5th, 2016

Summertime brings picnics, baseball games, family vacations, and, increasingly, record-busting temperatures. Each of the 10 hottest years on record has happened since 1998, including the hottest of all, 2014. As a preservation community, we are starting...

By Charles R. Wolfe / On September 13th, 2016

My Twitter stream is alive with the sound of placemaking.  While those are not the exact Sound of Music lyrics we remember, I am as guilty as anyone for hyping Placemaking Week in Vancouver, British Columbia (which...

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By Katharine Sucher / On September 9th, 2016

In his latest book, esteemed architect and city planner Alexander Garvin explores the question What Makes a Great City. As Garvin...

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