March 16, 2017

Basic rule of urban design: If you can see it on a map, you’ve got a better chance of being able to lay out a thoughtful plan for development.

That’s the impetus behind the recent upgrade to the Atlas of Urban Expansion, a project of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, UN-Habitat and... read more

March 14, 2017

By 2030, without efforts to boost urban resilience, climate change may push up to 77 million urban residents into poverty. The good news is that the world has a brief window of opportunity to make cities more resilient to climate change, natural disasters, and other stresses, as almost 60... read more

March 08, 2017

Four geographic corridors in the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are set to undergo an urban redesign for resilience, courtesy of the winners of the Fourth Regional Plan Design Competition.

February 23, 2017

The Miami area sits on a massive, flat formation of porous limestone. That geologic and topographic reality means that as sea levels rise, so too does the region's groundwater-rendering inland areas as vulnerable to flooding as the coastline.

February 17, 2017

One New Jersey nonprofit is putting a green spin on the civic tech competition. Sustainable Jersey recently launched Coding for Community, a contest that will pair at least 100 coders, programmers and designers with local municipalities seeking tech solutions to their environmental woes.

January 26, 2017

The new presidential administration has signaled a strong desire to rebuild our infrastructure, especially in our cities. This is sparking a renewed and welcome national conversation on how to make it happen. But along with roads, rails, bridges and water systems, let's remember the profound... read more

November 03, 2016

I started following the Chicago Cubs in 1984. It was a good year to start cheering for the team, as the Cubs had picked up Ryne Sandberg from the Phillies in a trade with Ivan DeJesus, Rick Sutcliffe ruled the mound, the Bull played first and the Penguin played third; yet, little did I know that... read more

November 03, 2016

As the aftermath of disasters that have been fueled by climate change-like hurricanes Katrina and Sandy or flooding in Southeast Asia -resiliency has emerged as one of the greatest urban design challenges to face the 21st century. Resiliency is a byword for the simple question: How quick can an... read more

October 13, 2016

Defining what “resilience” means isn’t too difficult. Broadly, resilience encompasses preparedness, sustainability, equitability and adaptability in the face of challenges. Determining why a city needs to be resilient is, likewise, rather easy.

October 11, 2016

The city of Oakland has developed a comprehensive plan to address economic security, equitable jobs, housing, community safety and threats from climate change, city officials announced Monday. Oakland's Mayor Libby Schaaf unveiled the city's strategy, calling it "Resilient Oakland: It Takes a... read more

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