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View Resource American Planning Association

The discipline and practice of planning includes physical design, economic development, and a myriad of other specialties. The American Planning Association (APA) is perhaps the best known organization in the United States, and their website contains some very fine resources for those already in the field as well as for those who would like to join the field. On the site's homepage, visitors can...
View Resource Design Other 90% Network

Design Other 90% Network is the accompanying website to a series of themed exhibitions organized by the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. In 2007, the first exhibition "focused on design solutions that addressed the most basic needs of the 90% of the world's population not traditionally served by professional designers." Then, in 2012 the next exhibition, Design Other 90%...

View Resource Featured Videos: Urban Land Institute

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) offers up high-quality seminars, conferences, research materials, and long term planning information for real estate professionals, urbanologists, public leaders, and others. Its Featured Videos include observations from professionals in Europe talking about large scale megaprojects to conversations about transit planning in Chicago. A good place to start is with...

View Resource UN-Habitat: Best Practices Database

How can we improve the urban condition? It's a great and pressing question and the UN's Habitat agency has some answers. Here, visitors can look over 4,000 proven solutions to "common social, economic and environmental problems." Visitors can browse these award winning best practices for inspiration and solace as they think about the future of cities. Resources here include documents such as...

View Resource GO TO 2040

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) provides regional plans for the entire Chicagoland area and they work on housing issues, transit, and much more. The GO TO 2040 Plan is designed to help the seven counties around Chicago plan for "sustainable prosperity through mid-century and beyond." On the site, visitors can look over detailed sections that holistically address topics such as...