The future will be sponsored by all your favorite products

Will the city of the future be one big branding opportunity? A couple of short films show just how creepy that might be. Or is the future already here?

The cost of smart-growth support for green groups

Nature lovers and urbanist types should be a natural alliance for the simple reason that people living in walk/bike/transit-friendly neighborhoods aren't sprawling out into forests, wetlands, or farmlands. Props to the Sierra Club for educating its members on this.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.