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By Admin, Jason Leppig / On September 19th, 2012

This week's pick is from the Managing Editor of CAKE, Livia Kent:


By Admin / On September 7th, 2012

The environmental justice movement is closely tied to urban planning and development. But, while planners and urban designers have made great strides in embracing the sustainability movement, social justice issues have not been getting the same attention...


By Timothy Beatley / On June 8th, 2012

You'll find some inspiration for your city in this new book by Tim Beatley and this week's selection for #forewordFriday. Enjoy!


By Darrin Nordahl / On June 1st, 2012

Austin’s streetcar proposal has been burning up the transit headlines recently, and for good reason. After years of planning, the first leg of the route has finally come into focus, ready for approval. But there is contention. Not so much with the route...


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...


By Galina Tachieva / On September 19th, 2011

As of late, the mortgage interest deduction (MID), a tax break many Americans have become accustomed to, has become the focus of much debate and controversy. It first became the subject of heated discussion when President Obama’s debt commission...


By Admin / On September 7th, 2011

Island Press partnered with the Smithsonian Institution for a Greening Greater Washington Seminar featuring Island Press author Timothy Beatley, author of ...


By Timothy Beatley / On February 13th, 2009

I don’t think we talk enough about wonder in planning schools today. That sense of fascination, awe, of being spellbound by the immensity, delicacy, beauty of something, is an essential ingredient of our human spirit, and to making life joyous and...


By Peter Newman / On February 10th, 2009

The potential to grow energy and provide food and materials locally will become part of urban infrastructure. Photosynthetic processes in cities will reduce their ecological impact through replacing fossil fuels and can bring substantial ecological...


By Peter Newman / On February 2nd, 2009

The seven key innovations of resilient cities are set as city models (being detailed over the next several weeks here at “Eco-Compass”). While no one city has shown innovation in all seven areas, some are quite advanced in one or two. The challenge...