Links

Here are some links to websites that Planning Pool editors like and find useful. We’re sure there are great sites that we have missed! Comment below, or email us at info (at) planningpool (dot) com!

To make the links a more usable resource, we’ve separated them into categories. The categories (in no particular order) are:

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Blogroll

  • Re:Place
    To be a forum for discussion on relevant issues pertaining to Greater Vancouver’s public spaces and urban landscape. To educate citizens about the workings of the public realm, and to encourage interaction and engagement in cities. To explore the ever-cha
  • Wordpress Themes
    Download Free Wordpress Themes and Plugins

Transportation

Planning Profession

  • American Planning Association
    APA is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities.
  • Canadian Institute of Planners
    The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) is a collaborative national federation that advances professional planning excellence through the delivery of membership and public services in Canada and abroad.
  • Congress for the New Urbanism
    The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is the leading organization promoting walkable, neighborhood-based development as an alternative to sprawl.
  • Planners Network
    Planners Network is an association of professionals, activists, academics, and students involved in physical, social, economic, and environmental planning in urban and rural areas, who promote fundamental change in our political and economic systems.
  • Royal Town Planning Institute
    The RTPI is a dynamic organisation leading the way in the creation of places that work now and in the future.
  • Smart Growth
    Smart growth recognizes connections between development and quality of life. It leverages new growth to improve the community. The features that distinguish smart growth in a community vary from place to place.

Education

General Planning

  • Cyburbia
    Cyburbia Forums is the oldest and most active English language urban planning message board on the Internet, and one of the small number of online communities where members enjoy intelligent, troll-free discussion.
  • Good Blogs
    Good Magazine Blogs
  • Good Magazine
    Good Magazine
  • Planetizen
    Planetizen is a public-interest information exchange provided by Urban Insight for the urban planning, design, and development community. It is a one-stop source for urban planning news, commentary, interviews, event coverage, book reviews, announcements,
  • The Long Now Foundation
    The Long Now Foundation was established in 01996* to creatively foster long-term thinking and responsibility in the framework of the next 10,000 years.

Planning Opinion

  • Christopher Leo's Blog
    Christopher Leo is a professor of politics at the University of Winnipeg..
  • Kunstler's CLUSTERFUCK NATION
    Comment on Current Events by the Author of “The Long Emergency”
  • Land Use Prof Blog
    Paul Boudreaux Assistant Professor of Law Stetson University College of Law
  • Price Tags
    Gordon Price, 57, is the Director of the City Program at Simon Fraser University. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Community and Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia.
  • Stephen Rees' Blog
    Stephen Rees a recusant transportation is an economist and regional planner.
  • The State of Vancouver
    Frances Bula on city life and politics

Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

  • Consensus Building Institute
    The Consensus Building Institute (CBI) is a not-for-profit organization created by leading practitioners and theory builders in the fields of negotiation and dispute resolution.

Planning Services

  • Smart Growth BC
    Smart Growth BC is a non-governmental organization devoted to fiscally, socially and environmentally responsible land use and development. We work throughout the province with community groups, businesses, developers, planners, municipalities and the publ
  • Walkable Communities Inc.
    Walkable communities are thriving, livable places that give their residents safe transportation choices and improved quality of life. Walkable Communities, in partnership with Glatting Jackson Kercher Anglin, Inc., helps them get there.
  • WattzOn
    WattzOn is a free online tool to quantify, track, compare and understand the total amount of energy needed to support all of the facets of your lifestyle.

Regional / International Planning

  • 19.20.21
  • America 2050
    America 2050 is a national initiative to meet the infrastructure, economic development and environmental challenges of the nation as we prepare to add about 130 million additional Americans by the year 2050.
  • Candy Chang
    Candy Chang is a designer, public installation artist and urban planner in Helsinki, Finland. She likes to make information-sharing more accessible and engaging through design and the creative use of public space.
  • National Association of Regional Councils
    The National Association of Regional Councils is a recognized authority and leading advocate for regional organizations and solutions that positively impact American communities through effective inter-jurisdictional cooperation.
  • North American Regional Science Council
    The North American Regional Science Council (NARSC) is an international scholarly organization that focuses on regional analysis, ranging from urban and spatial economic theories to applied problems and public policies in regional development, sustainabil
  • Regional Plan Association
    Regional Plan Association (RPA) is an independent, not-for-profit regional planning organization that improves the quality of life and the economic competitiveness of the 31-county New York-New Jersey-Connecticut region through research, planning, and adv
  • Regional Science Association International
    RSAI is an international community of scholars interested in the regional impacts of national or global processes of economic and social change.

Sustainability

  • BC Climate Action Toolkit
    A climate action resource for local government by local government in collaboration with UBCM, Smart Planning for Communities & the Province of BC.
  • e2
    Series about sustainable cities
  • Ecotrust
    Ecotrust’s mission is to inspire fresh thinking that creates economic opportunity, social equity and environmental well-being.
  • Terreform
    Terreform ONE [Open Network Ecology] is a non-profit philanthropic design collaborative that integrates ecological principles in the urban realm.

Local Planning

  • City Caucus
    CityCaucus.com aims to have a fun, but respectful dialogue about Canada’s major urban centres.
  • Design New Haven
    Open civic forum, blog and resource about design and urban affairs in downtown New Haven, Connecticut
  • Greater Greater Washington
    Residents of the cities and towns in the Greater Washington area, both experts and amateurs, hold forth on their visions for the region.
  • Re:Place
    To be a forum for discussion on relevant issues pertaining to Greater Vancouver’s public spaces and urban landscape. To educate citizens about the workings of the public realm, and to encourage interaction and engagement in cities. To explore the ever-cha
  • South Fraser Blog
    A blog on transportation, urban planning, environment, and other issues that affect the livability of the South of Fraser region in Southern BC, the Pacific Northwest, and the rest of the world (sometimes.)
  • Spacing Montreal
    Spacing Montréal is your hub for daily dispatches from the streets of Montréal to cities around the world, offering both analysis and a forum for discussion.
  • Spacing Toronto
    Spacing Toronto is your hub for daily dispatches from the streets of Toronto to cities around the world, offering both analysis and a forum for discussion.
  • Sustainable South Bronx
    Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx) is a community organization dedicated to Environmental Justice solutions through innovative, economically sustainable projects that are informed by community needs.
  • The Livable Blog
    Making our communities better places to live and grow
  • Urban Omnibus
    Urban Omnibus is an online project of the Architectural League to create a new kind of conversation about design and New York City.
  • URBAN PLANNING OVERLORD
    SOVIET-STYLE HUMAN WAREHOUSING IS PORTLAND’S ONLY HOPE.
  • Zero Waste Blog
    Zero waste blog for Vancouver

United States Based Organizations

  • 1000 Friends of Oregon
    1000 Friends of Oregon was founded in 1975 by Governor Tom McCall and Henry Richmond as the citizens’ voice for sound land use planning. Their goal was to protect Oregon’s quality of life from the effects of uncontrolled growth, using the tools of Senate
  • CEOs for Cities
    CEOs for Cities is a national network of urban leaders dedicated to building and sustaining the next generation of great American cities.
  • Reconnecting America
    Reconnecting America is a national non-profit organization that is working to integrate transportation systems and the communities they serve, with the goal of generating lasting public and private returns, improving economic and environmental efficiency,
  • The Keystone Center
    The Keystone Center seeks to solve our society’s most challenging environmental, energy, and public health problems.
  • Urban Programs Resource Network
    University of Illinois Extension conducts a wide variety of programs for Illinois residents, families, and communities.

Government Initiatives

  • Building America's Future
    Building America’s Future (BAF) is a bipartisan coalition of elected officials dedicated to bringing about a new era of U.S. investment in infrastructure that enhances our nation’s prosperity and quality of life.

Financial Services and Economic Development

  • Building Opportunities with Business
    Building Opportunities with Business (BOB) is a non-profit organization that is championing an inclusive revitalization process for the inner-city that values existing businesses and residents.
  • Business Alliance for Local Living Economies
    BALLE builds Local Living Economies in North America that foster vibrant communities, a healthy natural environment, and prosperity for all.
  • Center for the Study of Economics and the Henry George Foundation of America
    The Center and the Foundation are the preeminent US organizations studying the impact of shifting traditional local and state taxes – sales, income, business and property – to a revenue base concentrating on land values.
  • Grameen Bank
    Grameen Bank (GB) has reversed conventional banking practice by removing the need for collateral and created a banking system based on mutual trust, accountability, participation and creativity. GB provides credit to the poorest of the poor in rural Bangl
  • Kiva
    Loans that change lives
  • Prosper
    Prosper Loans Marketplace is America’s largest peer-to-peer lending marketplace. Connecting people to people eliminates the need for borrowers to go through a bank for a loan—and fewer middlemen means lenders who invest their money on Prosper also benefit

Urban Design and Architecture

  • Archinet
    The goal of Archinect is to make architecture more connected and open-minded, and bring together designers from around the world to introduce new ideas from all disciplines.
  • City Skip
  • Web Urbanist
    WebUrbanist blog collective writers are interested in all things urban – from urban design to subversive art and strange architecture.

Urban Food

  • Bits and Bytes
    Bits and Bytes is a Canadian resource library connecting to community food security documents and sites, including some international resources.
  • City Farmer
    City Farmer teaches people how to grow food in the city, compost their waste and take care of their home landscape in an environmentally responsible way.
  • Urban Garden Casual
    Urban Garden Casual helps city dwellers reclaim the pleasures of non-city living within the confines of urban space by bridging traditional gardening with the special needs of urban and small-space gardeners in the modern world.

Communication and New Media

  • Landscape Visualization
    Scientific team blog about new papers, conferences and software in landscape visualization.
  • Smart Mobs
    Mobile communication, pervasive computing, wireless networks, collective action.
  • The Place of Social Media
    It explores the myriad ways in which online social networks interact with physical space. It investigates how location matters – even in wide open cyberspace. It will look at everything from neigbhorhood organizations to city governments to mo’bloggers, a
  • Yellow Arrow
    Yellow Arrow is a global public art project of local experiences. Combining stickers, mobile phones and an international community, Yellow Arrow transforms the urban landscape into a “deep map” that expresses the personal histories and hidden secrets that

Social Media Planning Tools

  • SeeClickFix
    Tools to help Communities help Themselves!
  • WikiPlanning
    Wikiplanning is an online solution for improving civic engagement, an important component of most urban planning initiatives.