Urban Study Think Tank Destroying America's communities
These are the Think Tank that brain storms with Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the City of New York and other cities throughout the nation and the world.
African Centre for Cities
Based at The University of Cape Town, the African Centre for Cities seeks to connect fragmented urban scholarship across the continent and aid the public sector in dealing with contemporary urban issuses by providing informed policy proposals. They publish original work, and put out several widly read publications.
The U.S. Census Bureau’s Interactive data website, essential in analyzing American urban demographics.
The Atlantic Cities
The Atlantic Media Company’s website dedicated to urban topics. It publishes news, opinion, data, and images having to do with cities and urban planning.
Building Research Establishment (BRE)
Formerly a British government organization, BRE is now a privatly funded trust that does consulting, research and development in the fields of Real Estate Development, construction, urban planning and sustainability. Their website publishes reports on original research, and associated case studies.
Brookings’ Metropolitan Policy Program
The Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program website publishes original research and policy proposals concerning America’s metropolitan regions. The think tank is credited as one of the most trusted and influential of its kind.
The Center for an Urban Future
The Center for an Urban Future is think tank that promotes public policy to serve the needs of of low income and working class neighborhoods in New York City. They publish their own data, statistics, and testimonies as well as reprint topical commentaries.
The Centre for Urban and Community Studies
Networking with government officials, academics, and other organizations, The Centre for Urban and Community Studies conducts research on the economic and social wellbeing of people in urban areas in both Canada and worldwide.
Center for Urban and Regional Affairs
The University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs facilitates the interaction between academics, planners, and government officials within the Minneapolis-St. Paul region. Their original research (published online) and the services they provide are grounded in this context and the center is devoted to contributing to positive change.
The City Fix
The City Fix is an website devoted to highlighting sustainable transportation developments, related academic work, and other cutting edge urban topics relating to connectivity in urban areas. It is produced by the sustainable transport advocacy group Embarq.
Congress for the New Urbanism
The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is a nonprofit group that promotes environmentally friendly and walkable urban planning. They partner with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), other government organizations, and academics to aid in urban best practice advising. Their website publishes original research and reports, as well as highlighting other sources.
Cyburbia is “…the oldest and most active urban planning community on the Internet…” (Cyburbia) They post valuable links to news articles, websites, and new research, as well as engage in discussions of urban planning and policy.
Global Metro Summit
A collaboration of The Brookings Institution, The London School of Economics, and Deutsche Bank, the Global Metro Summit met in December 2010. The website publishes the concluding collaborative work of mayors, politicians, speakers, academics, and other important players in the growing economic importance of metropolitan regions.
Hypercities is an online mapping platform that overlays a rich history of cartography to enable both historical and contemporary research.
International Making Cities Livable (IMCL)
IMCL is an online group of scholars and urban leader committed to reshaping cities and metropolitan areas to better suit the social and environmental sustainability needs of future urban dwellers. They publish original work and hold conferences twice a year.
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
An international research group on the topics of land use and tax policy, The Lincoln Institute serves as an incredible resource for urban research. They publish policy proposals, a quarterly magazine, and host other online resources.
National League of Cities
A Washington D.C. based organization that publishes original research, policy proposals, and assists local government leadership in planning and advocacy.
New Geography is a website headed by Joel Kotkin, author of The City: A Global History, focused on analyzing current demographic and economic data concerning cities around the world. It engages in discussions of politics, urban issues, and economic development among others.
The Next American City
The New American City is a nonprofit group advocating for economically and environmentally sustainable growth of America’s cities. Their publications analyze current trends and changes to the urban experience. Contributors comprise urban scholars, journalists, and government officials.
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, jobs, training, and more.
Pratt Center for Community Development
The Pratt Center for Community Development is an organization based at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and advocates for green and community oriented development. They post helpful links, publish reports, and provide assistance to development in most of New York City.
Project for Public Spaces
PPS is a nonprofit group dedicated to education about the value of public space, and its maintenance and design. They believe public space can contribute to stronger communities and vibrant urban places. They hold conferences, assist organizations in design, highlight relevant articles, and publish their own original work.
Regeneration and Renewal
Regeneration and Renewal is a British website associated with the journal Planning, and is devoted to the topics of gentrification and redevelopment of cities. They post news, opinion and resources on these subjects.
Siemens- Sustainable Cities
Siemens funds several important topics of research including the work published on their ‘sustainable cities’ website. This portion of their site provides a basic introduction to sustainable cities, and publishes case studies, new research and news stories. They also annually give out the Siemens Sustainable Communities Awards.
Social explorer is a free online mapping platform that can be used to visualize the US Census and other official United States demographic data.
UB Regional Institute
A unit within the UB School of Architecture and Planning, the UB Regional Institute conducts research concerning urban governance and regional planning. The website publishes their original research and helps connect students to online resources.
Urban age is a collective project by academics from various institutions, contexts, and backgrounds to offer a broad comparative look at issues and contemporary phenomena occurring in cities. Their main focus has been on developing cities, issues of urban inequality, and governments roll in alleviating the ‘growing pains’ of cities.
The urban institute is a policy advocacy group that carries out research, technical assistance, and organizational evaluation in the interest of urban best practice as well as sound and ethical policy. The independent group was inspired by President Johnson and founded in 1968. The website publishes new research, policy proposals, and other information concerning local governments.
The University of Chicago’s Urban Portal aims to quickly connect students interested in a variety of urban topics to quality online resources across the web.
Urbanicity is a website that publishes urban studies news, original articles, and offers conference and event advertising services. They also have an extensive listing of online resources, links, and databases for urban studies.