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By Admin / On March 8th, 2013

Planners and urban designers have reached a consensus about what constitutes "good urbanism;" however, there remains a yawning gap between this theory and reality. In this week's #forewordFriday selection, Nan Ellin's new book,...

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By Admin / On October 5th, 2012

This week's selection is from Pavan Sukhdev's Corporation 2020.

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By Admin / On October 4th, 2012

Pavan Sukhdev's latest event left audience members with plenty to think about:

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By Admin / On July 20th, 2012

Act as if tomorrow really matters and check out this #forewordFriday selection from author and Widener University law professor,...

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By John Dernbach / On July 19th, 2012

Twenty years ago, I took a week off from my job at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources and attended the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development as a private citizen. At this conference, also known as the Earth Summit, nations of...

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By John Dernbach / On July 9th, 2012

Author John Dernbach provides insights on the sustainability efforts since the first Earth Summit and how we can improve in the latest issue of ...


By Admin / On June 22nd, 2012

Can beauty save the planet? Yes, if we are as smart about how things look as we are about how they work, believes architect and designer Lance Hosey, author of ...

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By Jason Leppig / On May 11th, 2012

This isn't exactly the foreword to Seeds of Sustainability, but you get the idea. Enjoy a new foreword (or introduction, preface, chapter...) every Friday. Download the pdf...

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By Avi Friedman / On March 8th, 2012

North Americans are doing their fair share in reducing the millions of tons of domestic garbage that the country generates.  Each week they carefully sort their own waste and place it in a box near the curb for a pickup.  When the program began, some...

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By Admin / On September 26th, 2011

Scale is fundamental to urban design. If you get it right, and achieve a well-proportioned space between buildings, you have a sound basis to build upon. Even if the architecture is far from perfect, the public realm you create can be decent and...