Not your father's community engagement.
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The link between health and planning is clear.
What do Batman and planners have in common?
"The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more." –Jonas Salk
Urban senior living communities are best conceived when thinking “out of the box.”
What do a neighborhood park, the urban tree canopy, and a community garden have in common?
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After 50 years, Philly's successful zoning reform was all about the process!
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After 50 years, Philly's successful zoning reform was all about the process!
Sustainability fever.
What's the recipe for an Urban Remix?
Three cheers for community pride.
The founding four and our multidisciplinary roots.
A San Francisco parklet provides history lessons and builds community bonds.
Resolutions from planners and designers for the new year.
Designing a Community’s Future, the Fun (and Safe) Way
Smiles per gallon help make sports cars more sustainable than one might think.
The art of print continues to press on in the digital age.
Indicators can show us.
Public engagement at your fingertips.
Going for gold, even after the Games.
Nov 2007
Jul 2012
Americans have been depending on air conditioning for over 100 years, but there are more sustainable ways to cool spaces.
Whether it is Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood or your own 'hood, there are many factors that define neighborhoods of Choice.
Where in the City by the Bay can you find these letters?
Going online with public engagement.
National parks come in more varieties than you might expect.
How many functions does your street have?
Acre by acre, urban development is an economic winner for cities.
After twenty years of HOPE, Choice might be a winner.
Age is nothing but a number when it comes to playing around.
How rowhomes can adapt to meet current preferences.
Why cut it back sooner if it still looks good?
An easy way to conserve water by the barrelful.
How marketing binds together planning and design work.
Where in the City of Brotherly Love can you find these letters?
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*Source: Access to Affordable and Nutritious Food: Measuring and Understanding Food Deserts and Their Consequences, USDA, June 2009

Community planning for the body and the budget.
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*Source: Access to Affordable and Nutritious Food: Measuring and Understanding Food Deserts and Their Consequences, USDA, June 2009

Community planning for the body and the budget.
What are the social benefits behind the scenes of parklet design?
A strategic plan for infill redevelopment in Madison, Wisconsin.
Green isn't just for roofs anymore.
Urban vs. Suburban / Public vs. Private?
Light is attractive.
Can urban parks help take the sting out of bee population decline?
Living the retirement lifestyle at 25.
WRT staff share photos of their favorite cities.
Resolutions from planners and designers for the new year.
Leave it to the professionals. But, how do we know who is a professional?
What's old is new again.
How to create a bee- and weed-friendly urban garden in your own backyard.
The planning process is a great way to harness the power of kids' ideas.
How America can grow more sustainable in the 21st century by using urban blocks to infill and extend existing cities.
Park for a day, community to stay...
Let's make our drawings play nicely together.
Public space is a battleground of ideas.
How pets are bringing a dead landscape back to life.
The complete streets demonstration movement comes to Philadelphia.
Local ingenuity addresses multiple climatic issues through architecture.
Human-scaled development is the key to long-term neighborhood sustainability.
A growing relationship between parks and typography standards.
Opportunities for achieving the next level of innovation in sustainability for districts, campuses, and neighborhoods are gaining momentum.
Have information and signage become the new architectural aesthetic?
Why a well written code is a delicate balance.
Not your average garden.
Introducing planning issues to young children through storytelling can help them grasp the basic concepts.
The development of Comcast Center captured on film (ok, digital memory cards).
How our passion for improving the natural and built environment extends beyond the office.
With the increase in costs and unsustainable nature of petroleum, designers are looking to alternative materials for trail design.
Build green! Saving the world isn't as hard as you think.
U.S. Census reveals population resurgence in central cities and universities across America.
Vermiculture: How worms can break it down!
The importance of public space in bringing people together.
Impressive presidential estates were around long before the flashy McMansions of pop culture celebrities.
Does your neighborhood school need a facelift? Consider a green schoolyard!
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Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the hard-working and fun-loving family of WRT!
The truth about paper recycling.
Philadelphia creates a green roof in an unusual spot.
Some of our favorite movies featuring some of our favorite cities.
One of our oldest building materials could avoid GAME OVER if we just give it an extra life.
new brick
reclaimed brick
Architect (ar-chi-tect) 1. The Rich, Sensitive Artist 2. The Underappreciated, Creative Professional (All that glitters is not gold!)
How low can you go?
Can rocks be among the most popular sustainable building materials?
Billing for impervious coverage makes Philadelphia a winner.
The solution may be located just outside the nearest city.
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GRANNY FLAT
"Aging in place" is a big buzz phrase in the industry right now. But is it really practical?
Supersized parks for the new millennium.
Professionals in planning and public health have a lot more in common than one might think.
Given fragmented local jurisdictions and land use decision-making, what will it actually take?
It's not on the bottom of your shoe, it's in the choices you make.
Planning to make investments matter.
How can systems thinking help formulate neighborhood plans?
What is the value of a street tree? Do green roofs really save money? What's the ROI on habitat creation? Clients say "Show me the money!"
Place your personal ad here.
Black roofs are passe. Learn about white, blue, and green roofs.
No longer the leftover land in urban fabric, open space is updating its role as the figural nucleus of urban form, reaching beyond its boundaries to shape communities.
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How do public schools spur neighborhood revitalization?
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See the potential environmental impact of finding new uses for older buildings.
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See the potential environmental impact of finding new uses for older buildings.
Why designers should lead certain infrastructure projects.
Resolutions from planners and designers for the new year.
Can architectural forms communicate without signage?
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Architectural
How scenarios can inform the planning process.
"The price you pay for water is but a small fraction of what it actually costs to extract water, deliver it to users, and treat it after its use" (Carmen Revenga, senior freshwater scientist at The Nature Conservancy)
What happens when designers allow "sexy graphics" to compromise clarity?
Houses come in many sizes and styles. So do families. But is "home" the same for everyone?
For cities like Louisville, the future of greenways is rooted in traditional open space planning.
Why aren't sidewalks destinations in themselves?
How outgrown, stained, or shredded jeans can be used to insulate your home.
Can “quantity” determine “quality” when defining walkable neighborhoods?
Changes in climate are shifting USDA hardiness zones. Are your trees ready?
2006 hardiness
1990 hardiness
Smart and sustainable alternatives to turfgrass in the landscape.
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* Source: EPA

Find out where and why turfgrass may not be the best choice.
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* Source: EPA

Find out where and why turfgrass may not be the best choice.
Read why home affordability should go beyond the cost of a home.
Keep your community from falling off the wire!
Read why the right density in the right places can improve equity, accessibility, and livability in your community.
See how the Cramer Hill, New Jersey community is re-imagining their long-forgotten waterfront as a center for life and commerce on the edge.
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Why do trees matter so much in cities anyway?
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Why do trees matter so much in cities anyway?
See how the construction of circulation infrastructure overlain on pre-existing development has affected development patterns in Paris and London.
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Paris
What if we looked at our walls as conveyors of stories, hidden messages or moments in time?
Would Frogger have a better chance of surviving if he had to cross a complete street instead of a standard street? Of course! Read more about complete streets.
Find out how sharrows help bikes and cars share the road.
Find out how Biloxi, Mississippi's seafood industry is working to make local markets more resilient.
Jane Jacobs, Patron Saint of Urbanism, on streets and city vitality.
How do green streets work, and what are the many benefits of a greener, more localized approach to green stormwater infrastructure?
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Why is watershed planning essential to protecting the long-term environmental and economic health of communities?
Both size and distance matter in determining whether park and recreation service is adequate.