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Want to eat sleep and breathe planning? This is an independent resource for people passionate about planning and related fields.  

We’ve put together a list of great sources for you to incorporate planning into your daily life. We know we haven’t gotten them all. We know we’ve only scratched the surface.  What are we missing? Tell us your favorite ways to immerse yourself in the wonderful world of planning! 

Let us know in the comments section or drop us a line!

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  • Planetizen 
    The independent resource for people passionate about planning and related fields.  A source of planning news, job postings and training.
  • City Observatory
    A website and think tank devoted to data-driven analysis of cities and the policies that shape them.  City Observatory features posts that tackle misconceptions about cities, break down the latest urban research and highlight the innovative ideas that strengthen our communities.
  • NextCity
    Next City is a nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire social, economic and environmental change in cities through journalism and events around the world.
  • CityLab  
    An urban-focused web site of the Atlantic, CityLab is committed to telling the story of the world’s cities: how they work, the challenges they face, and the solutions they need.
  • Inhabitat
    A weblog devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future.
  • Planning Peeps! 
    Planning Peeps seeks to speak to urban planning as a profession. While there are many urbanist blogs and for-profit news sites, there is a lack of options out there that really speak to what it is to be a planner; the good, the bad, and the funny!
  • Cyburbia
    established in October 1994, is the Internet's oldest "third place" for planners, planning students, architects, urbanists, and others interested or involved in shaping the built environment. It includes a very active message board (over 560,000 messages to date), a large gallery of planning- and urbanism-related images, feature articles, editorials, member blogs, syndicated feeds of hundreds of planning-related blogs and news sites, and other features.

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  • 99% Invisible
    99% Invisible is about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world.


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  • Architect this City
    A daily blog for city dwellers written by a Toronto-based real-estate developer.

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  • The Pruitt-Igoe Myth
    “It began as a housing marvel. Two decades later, it ended in rubble. But what happened to those caught in between? The Pruitt-Igoe Myth tells the story of the transformation of the American city in the decades after World War II, through the lens of the infamous Pruitt-Igoe housing development and the St. Louis residents who called it home.” -Official website of the film
  • Parks and Rec
    Multi-season sitcom set in a small town parks rec department in fictional Pawnee, Indiana.  The show pokes fun at the absurdity of the political process with outlandish and humorous story lines.  If you are a public sector planner you might experience eerie moments of recognition.
  • Dreamland
    Australian sitcom centered on a governmental agency charged with executing city infrastructure projects.  The show finds the humor in the collision between big ideas and governmental red tape.
  • Abstract: The Art of Design
    Featuring innovative designers across a diversity of disciplines, this documentary examines how design impacts our everyday lives.
  • Grand Design
    A British television series produced by Boundless Productions (originally part of Talkback Thames) and broadcast on Channel 4 which features unusual and often elaborate architectural homebuilding projects.
  • How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?
    by Norberto Lopez Amado and Carlos Carcas, 2010 Included for the Norman Foster enthusiasts, Amado and Carcas' documentary offers a tour of some of the British architect's most notable buildings, from the Millau Viaduct to the Hearst Tower.
  • Urbanized
    A documentary about the design of cities, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world's foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers.
 

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