Urban Planning

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If Your City Were Wrecked by Totalitarian Urban Planners

Spend a moment sitting in the shoes of Bucharest.

Embracing the Autocatalytic City

How bottom-up growth, driven by citizens, trumps central command.

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SimCity 5's Multiplayer Blues

Why the newest edition of the city-building game has fans in revolt.

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Why India Keeps Its Cities So Short

Despite an urban development explosion, the country hasn't developed a taste for skyscrapers and tall building.

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The Limits of Urban Planning With LEGOs

What's lost when anything is possible.

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Urban Planning's Role in Making India Safer for Women

A month after a gruesome gang rape, New Delhi takes aim at the lowest-hanging fruit: Improving public spaces.

Anthony Flint

Cities With Too Many Men

India's unbalanced sex ratio has created a slew of social problems and exacerbated violence against women.

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How France Built Inequality Into Its Cities

Planners have created isolated urban enclaves that keep the country’s immigrant population separate.

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How to Balance People and Nature on the Galapagos

There are some significant but realistic planning ideas making the rounds, with acute sensitivity to the islands’ special culture.

The Evolution of Urban Planning in 10 Diagrams

A new exhibit from the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association showcases the simple visualizations of complex ideas that have changed how we live.

Mina Kvarter

How to Get Kids Excited About Building Better Neighborhoods? Try Minecraft

The Swedish video game company and UN-HABITAT are teaming up to help people around the world re-envision their cities.

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A Brief History of the Birth of Urban Planning

The field first started in America as the purview of three very different types of thinkers.

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India's Trickiest Urban Planning Obstacle? Gandhi's Legacy

The stated preference of India's greatest citizen for village life may be holding his country back.

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Has South America's Most Sustainable City Lost Its Edge?

Brazil's Curitiba was once a model of sustainable planning. Now, it's struggling with a slew of urban problems.

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Yes, There's an 'Urban Planning for Dummies' Book

And its author makes the case for why our cities need more dummies getting involved.

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Have Guitar, Will Sing Songs About Urban Planning

Melanie Hammet wants to turn obscure zoning ordinances into the universal language of song.

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality

Take a Video Tour of Istanbul's Conceptual New Taksim Square

Zoom through underground roadways and over a reconstructed Ottoman barrack in this video of the yet-to-be-built Taksim Project, a major rejiggering of Istanbul's central park.

Lawrence Hurley

The Evolution of England's First Planned Community

In 1901, a team of social do-gooders teamed up to build a clean, green city. A look at their legacy, more than a century later

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Improving Urban Planning in Africa

An interview with Nancy Odendaal, project coordinator of the Association of African Planning Schools