November 03 2011

4 Urban Planning and Design Websites to Frequent

Global Site Plans’ The Grid authors generally write stories about specific topics relevant to their field of expertise, including architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning. But, today, I am placing the spotlight on the hard working bloggers and writers of other urban planning and design blogs.

This is my completely subjective list of the urban planning websites that I find myself frequenting again, and again:

  • Planetizen is an obvious first choice. It is arguable the most visited urban planning and design blog on the internet. This blog and web aggregator pulls stories relevant to the design field from all over the net. Its content is accessible to both urban planning dilettantes and professionals in the field;
  • is the official website of the American Planning Association. Essentially anything you would need to know about education, events, initiatives, and careers is listed somewhere on this comprehensive site. While the site is built for an American audience, which may disappoint international visitors, the main page also features interesting articles and frequently updated headlines;
  • The Codes Project is an ongoing project by Arizona State University that seeks to gather up all the building and planning codes in existence and place them all in one searchable database. A quick look through that database shows a large stockpile of municipal regulations from many different eras and areas. This website is a boon to anyone researching codes for projects or regulations for their own municipality;
  • While The Dirt deals specifically with the fields of landscape architecture, often the design fields of landscape architecture and urban planning intersect. This site has a weekly blog featuring interesting stories and ongoing landscape projects. Green growth in cities is highlighted and city plans and individual projects figure prominently.

A casual search of the internet yields many different social marketing websites, newsletters, and blogs related to urban design. There are many different resources available to create an ongoing urban planning dialogue.

What websites do you find yourself always returning to and how do you integrate that information into your own perspective?

Jordan Meerdink

Jordan Meerdink, a former GSP blogger, is a graduate of the The Ohio State University. He holds a B.S. in Architecture with a minor in studio art. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Jordan inherited an early interest in mechanics and construction from his grandfather, a developer who was one of the early practitioners of prefabricated housing, and his father who is a retired store owner and highly capable D.I.Yer. Currently living in New York City, he continues to produce art and furniture with a focus on smart, ecologically responsible design. Jordan has a special concern for design that serves people outside the traditional clientele of architects, with an interest in architecture that deviates from the beaten path, ranging from Baroque churches to dismantled bomb shelters.

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