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The Higher ED Blog: Understanding the world of planning

This week’s blog post is a companion to a recent seminar held in Waterloo, Ontario on October 20th by the Economic Development Program of the More...

Building better cities

Joan Clos, executive director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme investigates the challenge of what kind of urbanization can and will nurture sustainable growth. More...

Get ready for city living, whether you like it or not

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Hashim Sarkis’ office overlooks some of the most impressive rooftops of Harvard Yard: the iconic Harvard Lampoon building; the newly-renovated Harvard Art More...

The death of planning expertise

Brandon Donnelly at Sustainable Cities Collective responds to an article published on The Planetizen about the emerging tendency for community members being given more the same amount of More...

The world’s best social housing projects?

The Sustainable Cities Collective discusses the problem of mass social housing and the ways in which big cities can solve this problem. This article features ideas More...

Six ways that thoughtful community planning can help fight climate change

In a new article on Sustainable Cities Collective, Kaid Benfield writes about the ways community planning can help prevent climate change for future generations. The six More...

The fall of planning expertise

Reuben Duarte writes in The Planetizen about the planning industry and the effect community participation can have on the planning process. He discusses the difficulties faced More...

Why urban demographers are right about the trend toward downtowns and walkable suburbs

Kaid Benfield at the Sustainable Cities Collective takes a look at Alan Mallach’s, a serious scholar at the National Housing Institute, skeptical responses to the current trend towards downtown More...

How a giant mall parking lot turned into a park and a walkable community

Adele Peters writes in FastCoExist.com about how a reinvention of a Seattle shopping center is showing the change in America’s suburbs. She discusses what the switch More...

What planning won’t do

Norman Wright discusses in Planetizen the distinctions between planning and problem solving, and the benefits of being a specialist as opposed to a “Jack of all trades”. More...

The shift to complete streets

Shannon Leahy writes on the SustainableCitiesCollective.org about the complete streets movement, a policy initiative to change America’s roadways. She discusses Barbara McCann’s book on the subject and More...