Int'l Urban Planning News

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Attack the blocks: brutalist treasures under threat – in pictures

As London’s Robin Hood Gardens (pictured) is destroyed despite a high-profile campaign to save it, we look at some cherished examples of modernist architecture from the 50s, 60s and 70s

Germany

Uber stole trade secrets, bribed foreign officials and spied on rivals, filing says

Document by former Uber security manager details company’s alleged ‘unethical, unlawful’ practices amid legal battle with self-driving car company Waymo<p>Uber allegedly engaged in a range of “unethical and unlawful intelligence collections”, including the theft of competitive trade secrets, bribery …

Uber

Madrid offers sun and sanctuary to businesses escaping Brexit

As Britain prepares to leave the EU, there is acknowledgement that some of the City of London’s losses could be this city’s gains<p>Barely had the results of the EU referendum sunk in when a doctored photo of the famous banner that hangs from Madrid’s Cibeles palace began doing the rounds on social …

Brexit

A journey through a land of extreme poverty: welcome to America

The UN’s Philip Alston is an expert on deprivation – and he wants to know why 41m Americans are living in poverty. The Guardian joined him on a special two-week mission into the dark heart of the world’s richest nation<p>Los Angeles, California, 5 December<p>“You got a choice to make, man. You could go …

Ben Carson

All Sydney needs is love and protection

Sometimes I think you Sydney natives don't deserve this gorgeous town. You don't appreciate her properly. Certainly you don't treat her nice. …

Ringo Starr

No slums to be razed this winter

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday asked all land-owning agencies in the Capital not to demolish jhuggis until the end of the winter.<p>The move …

India

Lab Report: The Wildly Uneven Recovery of Post-Recession Cities

A morning roundup of the day’s news.<p><b>The cities left behind:</b> While the nation as a whole has bounced back heartily from the Great Recession, the recovery among cities has been wildly uneven, with only a select handful of cities flourishing over the past decade. Experts speaking with <i>The Associated</i> …

Cities

Commentary: Vehicle growth rate cut may lead to increase in housing prices in some areas

SINGAPORE: The Land Transport Authority announced in October that Singapore will drop the allowable vehicle growth rate from 0.25 per cent to zero …

Cities

Jakarta Flooding Threatens Public Transport, Poor Residents

As rainy season floods battered Jakarta this week, the city’s new governor blamed a curious source: development projects to build light rail and …

Cities

The flawed logic of forced slum evictions

If the goal of urban development is to improve the cities we inhabit, then we must first address the needs of the majority of us who live on the …

Lagos State

Bangkok's Urban Planning: a Weapon against the Poor

In the last several months, nearly 200 households have been evicted from the communities that line Khon Kaen’s railway tracks. These evictions – like others at Pom Mahakan and along Lad Phrao Canal, as well as the "heavy regulation" of food vendors in Bangkok, the construction of the overbuilt bike …

Cities

What Can Cities and States Do About Net Neutrality?

The plans so far are to be defiant and take the FCC to court. Beyond that, there’s a limited slate of options.<p>When the FCC voted Thursday to repeal net neutrality regulations, it went one step further: It banned state and local governments from taking their own action to preserve net neutrality …

Internet

A Retrofit for America's Dying Malls

After Hickory Hollow Mall in Antioch, Tenn., closed in 2011, it became the home of a new satellite campus of Nashville State Community College and a practice rink for Nashville’s professional hockey team. It still has stores, including an ethnic market filled with small immigrant businesses, but on …

Cities

Removing unroadworthy vehicles will make SA roads safer

Almost 80 percent of motorists believe removing unroadworthy vehicles from South African roads will make roads safer. And, 58% of respondents of the …

Transportation

Israeli bus company to invest $2.2M in wireless charging electric roads

Wireless charging electric roads just took a big step forward, as Tel Aviv transit service Dan Bus Company announced plans to invest $2.2 million in …

Electric Vehicles

China Blocks Foreign Companies from Mapping Its Roads for Self-Driving Cars

The government is concerned about spying.<p>Jeff Swensen/Getty Images<p>Stephen EdelsteinView Stephen Edelstein's …

China

LA officials seek regulation of expanding dockless bike rentals

<i>LA Metro launched a bike-share program in Pasadena with 300 cycles available at 30 stations located around the city. Now private companies operating</i> …

Cycling

Detroit breaks ground on tallest tower, symbol of resurgence

DETROIT (AP) -- An 800-foot-tall (244-meter) centerpiece is coming to Detroit's resurgent downtown as the city continues to build momentum about …

Urban Design

Billionaire Barry Diller has plans to build a $250 million floating park in New York City, and the designs look incredible

A rendering of the proposed floating park, called Diller Island, in Manhattan, New York.Pier55 Inc/Heatherwick Studio<p>Media mogul Barry Diller's plans to build a floating public park on a Manhattan pier are moving forward.<p>Diller unveiled the project, dubbed Diller Island, in 2014. But his plans have …

Urban Design

When Density Isn't Greener

A new study challenges some widely held assumptions about urban and suburban development.<p>Sprawl is not sustainable. That’s the basic assumption shaping high-rises, infill developments, and master plans in cities around the world—not to mention a guiding principle of this publication.<p>But a new …

Urban Design

A real estate opportunity?

The provisional master plan for Bengaluru 2031 primarily focuses on a strategy that aims to minimise commercialisation in the core city and plans for …

Real Estate

'You can't see the Empire State Building from the top': readers on overrated tourist sights

With a new zoo in China leaving visitors underwhelmed, we asked you about the tourist attractions you found a letdown<p>The Empire State building: Matt Walton, 33, Hull<p>After joining a queue that stretched around the block from the front door, we thought we might be waiting to get in for 20 minutes or …

Empire State Building

3 ways local governments can make their state or city more startup-friendly in 2018

Contrary to popular belief, government bureaucrats aren’t trying to thwart entrepreneurs at every turn. In my experience, the opposite has been true. The state and local government officials I meet with in my role as a vice president for an economic development organization in St. Charles, …

Cities

City of Sydney wants free WiFi in first street furniture update since 1989

The streets of inner city Sydney are set to receive a facelift, with free WiFi, new street furniture and digital screens on council's wish …

Cities

How Data Visualization Can Help Cities Save Net Neutrality | Data-Smart City Solutions

As the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) prepares to vote today on the future of net neutrality, vehement debate on the issue continues to …

Internet

Judea and Samaria municipal leaders oppose new Samarian city

The heads of various Judea and Samaria municipalities fired off a missive to Interior Minister Aryeh Deri demanding that he freeze the plan to …

Israel

Threading a City With Gunfire Sensors Might Not Make It Any Safer

Amid record-breaking gun violence, Chicago’s police are expanding the use of an innovative technology—with little evidence that it helps.<p>In late November, the city of Chicago surpassed 600 homicides—the overwhelming majority from handguns—for the second year in a row, and for only the third time …

Policing

College Grads Aren't Just Going to the Coasts

But small cities nationwide that don't have a major university are struggling -- and will probably continue to do so.<p>California's San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara metropolitan statistical area -- also known as Silicon Valley, or at least most of Silicon Valley 1 -- has seen the biggest increase in …

Grand Rapids

Bigger Isn’t Necessarily Better When It Comes to City Size

A pair of studies from LSE suggests that developing countries are better off with smaller cities.<p>When it comes to cities and urbanization, it is generally thought that bigger is better. But a pair of recent studies suggests that although industrialized nations may have benefitted from larger …

Cities