Cities

Trash talking

Oscar-nominated documentary 'Waste Land' explores the world's largest garbage dump

Fascinating trash-art documentary Waste Land netted an Oscar nomination today for Best Documentary (Feature). Read our interview with the director!

speaking in code

Big exciting news about building codes. No, really

Maybe it's more inspiring to look at glitzy new green developments like UniverCity or Vancouver's Olympic Village, but these new energy codes improve every new home by 30 percent, not just the ambitious projects.

Bringing cities to heal

How the places we live make us sick, and how they could heal us instead

Our built environment is quite literally driving us down the road to obesity and stress. A group of planners in Vancouver wants to turn that around.

the road to success is paved

Fix public housing by reconnecting it to the street grid

An aging public housing project faces the same challenge as a ritzy New Urbanist neighborhood -- it's been sliced off from the surrounding grid. Here's how to fix it.

Roadblocks ahead

Republican victories not good news for transportation advocates

Things just got tougher for people who want to change the transportation system in the United States from a highway-centric model to one that gives more attention to rail, buses, biking, and walking.

A whole ballot-a lovin'

Election 2010: The scoop on energy and environment ballot measures

Find out about California's Prop 23 and other ballot measures around the country on energy efficiency, bottled-water taxes, public transit, and more.

ATTRACTIVE CGI PEOPLE ARE THE EASY PART

The future we want

It's tough to make compelling drama out of a happy-green-prosperous future -- even if that's where we want to live.

helmet, smellmet!

A bike helmet that stinks will keep you from cracking up

Worried about whether your helmet will still keep you safe after a few falls? Here's one that makes quite a stink when it's time to replace it.

tale of new 'cities'

'Cities' may not matter as much as we think

When we talk about "cities" strictly limited to a fraction of a place's total area and population, we're being arbitrary and missing important points.