The Omnibus Roundup – Plug-in Cruise Ships, Air Quality, Spring Blooms, Dreamhouse, Burble Bup and Happenings

CRUISE SHIPS TO PLUG-IN AT RED HOOK The New York Times City Room reports that the Queen Mary 2 and other large ships will be required to plug in to giant electrical sockets in the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal starting in 2012. This marks a major win for the residents of Red Hook, who have been fighting...

Recap | A Potluck Under Bamboo

Public space enthusiasts meet under the bamboo of the 590 Madison Avenue Atrium.

The Omnibus Roundup - the NY Apartment, Rooftops, Concrete Coney, City Chickens and Squatters

The Omnibus Roundup – Obscura Day, Manufacturing, BigApps2.0 and States and the Metro Economy

Happy April Fool's Day! For a little urban planning humor, be sure to check out Planetizen's April 1st Edition -- who knew those guys were so funny? . INTERNATIONAL OBSCURA DAY For its second annual International Obscura Day, Atlas Obscura offers excursions into unexpected corners of world cities -- New York, of course, included. On April 9th, you have the chance to explore the inside of the Catacombs at the Greenwood Cemetery, tour the Ghost ships...

Call for Fellows: Photo Urbanism

The Design Trust for Public Space has released a Call for Submissions for their 2011 Photo Urbanism Fellowship. "Photography plays an integral role in the examination, discussion, and re-imagining of New York City's public spaces," the RFP...

Sketch120: Greenpoint Edition

The Omnibus Roundup - Shelters, Prefab Yards, MAS Context and Things to See and Do

LOW COST, HIGH SPEED SHELTERS The Tokyo-based firm Shigeru Ban Architects (SBA), known for its ecologically sensitive, flexibly programmed structures, is seeking financial support for their effort to help victims displaced by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. SBA plan to deploy simple, cardboard and paper partition shelters, originally...

The Omnibus Roundup – Japan, Panorama Challenge, Top Tens and Architecture Guides

The calamitous combination of an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and the subsequent tsunami that hit Japan earlier today has flooded cities, crumbled buildings and left a still-unknown number dead, injured and stranded. Updates and reports are still coming in, but, as expounded on in this Times article, Japan's stringent building codes and a comprehensive system of seawalls helped to stave off what could have been even more extensive damage and higher death tolls. Preparedness and...

The Omnibus Roundup – Revolutions, Roundabouts, Manifestos and Public Transportation

NYC PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION GOING STRONG New York is among the top 15 metropolitan areas for transportation, according to an Infrastructurist article on a National Resources Defense Council study. Jersey City and New Haven also make it on the list, reflecting on the good performance of PATH and MetroNorth trains. Keep it up MTA! And it's a good thing we have public transport, because...

Open City: Blogging Urban Change Sahar Muradi