Practice + Theory
Program Manager Daniel Lerch starts a two week trip to the British Isles at a symposium for local officials, planners, architects and builders in Kilkenny, Ireland.
The compact, walkable neighborhood built around public transit rather than the private car has long been one of the ideals of new urbanism. Now significant new research confirms with hard numbers the advantage of transit-oriented development over conventional suburbia. With the United States in the midst of a light-rail building boom, it’s a great time to be finding this out.
The state of California is offering a series of workshops for mayors, local planning directors, and county supervisors about what cities and counties can do to reduce the climate impact of their planning decisions. According to the California Attorney General, "these workshops will launch the first statewide movement to reduce the negative impact of local planning decisions on global climate."
As transportation costs and wasted resources become more dear, greater attention to appropriate scales may well offer better solutions and prevent harmful ones. Post Carbon Cities staff Laurel Hoyt considers the problem of scale in producing two of our most basic needs: energy and food.
Japan is known for innovation, and the contents of the Japan for Sustainability newsletter don't disappoint. There's a lot going on in the field of sustainability in Japan; both social and technical advances are documented here. Read for inspiration, edification, and a global perspective.
The major challenge facing this and the next generation of architects, planners and builders is how to develop land use patterns that respond to the demands of the post-carbon age and provide a high quality of life for future generations. How our profession adapts to the need for reducing dependency on fossil fuels and contributes to the use of new technologies and approaches to planning and development that foster sustainability is critically important and will be the focus of this year’s Salzburg Congress on Urban Planning and Development.
"Inspired change-makers" from all over the world will come together at the seventh annual Ecocity World Summit to discuss and report on our progress toward ecological cities. Speakers include Richard Register, author of Ecocities, and Jaime Lerner, former mayor of Curitiba, Brazil.
If our civilization is in trouble, how can planning codes help? In this article from Planning, Chris Duerksen of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institutedescribes ways in which development codes can be potent tools for dealing with major issues: energy, environment, health and social justice.
The APA's 100th National Planning Conference, taking place this year in Las Vegas, is billed as "1,000 conferences in 1". Hundreds of sessions cover the gamut of planning topics, including an Energy Planning Track. Post Carbon Cities' Daniel Lerch will be there, hosting a session called Responding to Peak Oil and Energy Uncertainty.
The Natural Step for Communities is a guide to applying the science- and democratic process of the Natural Step framework to the task of planning for sustainable towns and communities. It's full of concrete examples of localities where the framework has been put to use, focusing on the decades-old Swedish 'eco-municipalities' movement that has recently spread to the United States.