I've been reading great stuff lately on the politics of redesigning urban areas, but mostly these have been case studies of New Orleans. I have a huge weakness for New Urbanism and their plans to redesign the city. Check out the recent article in the Atlantic about the homes going up in New Orleans. Good for Brad Pitt.
Detroit has a whole different set of problems. They are dealing with a large geographic area that is losing population. They are knocking down crumbling building and not building anything in its place.
This phenomenon prompted someone to coin the term “urban prairie” to
capture the idea of vast tracts of formerly urbanized land returning to
(Via Loren on Facebook)
And check out these designs for green buildings in NYC. (Via Ann P on Facebook)