Urban Planning

China's Mega-Cities Are Combining Into Mega-Regions, but They're Doing It Wrong

Building around a small number of city centers can mean even more hellish pollution, traffic, and property prices.

Robert Moses Vs. Jane Jacobs: The Opera

The show will grapple with the fundamental question of what a city should be.

Is There a Medellín Hype Machine?

The city has been celebrated as an international model. Naturally, it's time for a backlash.

Is Your City's Street Grid Really a Grid?

This intriguing new visual maps the symmetry of urban layouts.

A New Documentary Highlights the Reinvention of America's Streets

Bike lanes, bike shares, pedestrian safety laws, and more.

Valentines for Urban Planning Nerds

An alternative to cheesy Hallmark cards for the urban planner who zoned your heart.

Street Lights and Crime: A Seemingly Endless Debate

What if extra lights don't make us as safe as they make us feel?

We Don't Know Nearly As Much About the Link Between Public Health and Urban Planning As We Think We Do

Car culture may not be making us sick. Cities aren't necessarily healthier than suburbs.

How to Design a Happier City

Charles Montgomery's new book finds the intersection of urban policy and well-being.

Steve Jobs: The Starchitect of Cupertino

Ultimately, Apple's spaceship campus will be a legacy.

The City Where Bicycles Rule the Road

And how it got that way.

The Billion-Dollar Plan to Relocate One City's Entire Downtown

Mining damage is forcing Kiruna, Sweden, to pick up and move — two miles east.

How to Design a City for Women

A fascinating experiment in "gender mainstreaming."

Kabul's Utterly Mundane Urban Planning Crisis

The city's biggest problem isn't suicide bombers or militants... it's the traffic.

Can One Man Change the Shape of an Entire City?

A study of Baron von Haussmann's Paris.

A Map That Shows When Any Street Aligns With the Sunset

Manhattanhenge for every New York City neighborhood.

How Federalism Has Failed Cities (And Also Might Reinvigorate Them)

Metros as the new sovereign.

In 1961, Harvard Told Married Women They Probably Shouldn't Bother Studying Urban Planning

An amazing look back at an applicant's correspondence with the Graduate School of Design.

Britain's Oddly Captivating Reality Show About Land Use

The Planners is partly bucolic escapism and partly a sidelong look at the state of Britain today. And yes, it's actually fascinating.