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Introducing Ron Woudstra, New European Editor of PlanYourCity

PlanYourCity is happy to announce Ron Woudstra as our European Editor.  Ron will be reporting on current planning issues and topics in Europe, as well as helping to grow our presence in Europe and coordinate the efforts of our European contributors. Ron is a city planner from The Netherlands whose interests intersect at transportation planning, urban design, and […]

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A graphic artist tackles the New York City subway: Part I

Randall John Gregory II (or Randy, for short) is not only a graduate student at the School of Visual Arts, but he is also an innovative thinker and designer for the masses. Recently, we think Randy has been putting his design skills to good use in the realm of mass transit. He has put together not […]

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Urban Trauma: How the City Deals with Disaster

The presence of trauma in the arts is nothing new. Its creation is therapeutic, and its legacy is even stronger: trauma art is some of the most famous artistic creations because they give meaning to an insurmountable feeling that is felt by an entire population. These people, who come together over the art, form a […]

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Taksim Square: Istanbul Residents vs Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality

  This is our second post about Taksim Square. For city planners and architects looking in from the outside there are two issues; 1) what are the merits of the development proposals for Taksim Square; and 2) did Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality consult civic groups and organizations representing business owners and residents of the area before commencing construction?  The  answer to both questions is a […]

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1,100 Dead in Dhaka Building Collapse

More than a thousand people are dead in a Dhaka garment factory; world’s worst industrial disaster since 1984  Bhopal Tragedy. The question is who is responsible for the death of 1,100 people in Dhaka, Bangladesh? A several-story building filled with garment factory workers collapsed in Dhaka killing more than a thousand people.  This is not the first […]

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Disaster-proofing transit systems: Tel Aviv’s Red Line

Public transportation systems can be a great source of pride for cities. Places like New York City, London, and Moscow wouldn’t and couldn’t be themselves without their subway systems; their iconic undergrounds help define the identities of these cities. The relatively high ridership of these subway systems (by residents and visitors alike) has undoubtedly contributed […]

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Communities’ Role in Disaster Management

One of the things that has not gotten enough attention in post-Sandy New York City (in my opinion) is community level disaster management strategies. Most people rely on the government’s response, but there is a lot that communities can do to help themselves and help responders. When dealing with disasters, the police, firemen, and EMTs […]

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Distributed Energy and Disaster Resiliency

By the end of November 2012, New York City’s Department of Buildings “red-tagged”, or rapidly assessed, over 870 buildings as being unsafe due to the impacts of Hurricane Sandy. Out of these, only five were taller than 50’ and only nine were less than 10 years old (only one building, located in Staten Island and […]

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Learning Lessons from Sandy

This storm and aftermath has been one of those times when our own frailty and the immense power of nature has been made painfully clear. This is no reason to lose heart, since we humans have proven to be pretty resilient in the face of all sorts of disasters. Part of this resilience is due […]

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Hurricane Sandy – A picture (map) is worth a thousand words.

Hurricanes and cyclones are global weather events which require the mapping capabilities of weather satellites.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a federal agency focused on the condition of the oceans and the atmosphere. National Weather Service is part of the NOAA and it keeps track of hurricane activity on both coasts of the United […]

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