OpenBag: Pratt Institute’s Programs for Sustainable Development

Pratt Institute’s Jaime Stein, John Shapiro, and Lacey Tauber stopped by OpenBag to introduce their newest urban design programs.   They are all a part of Pratt’s Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development, described  as “an alliance of four programs with a shared value placed on urban sustainability — defined by the ‘triple bottom line’ of environment, equity Read more…

b-roll: Chris is improving our tools for online community engagement

PlanningPress is our web platform for engagement in urban planning projects. We’re working on it in partnership with the NYC Department of Transportation. PlanningPress powers DOT’s Transportation Feedback Portals.  Each portal presents a project and helps the public to be part of the planning process. Take a look at the Jackson Heights portal. The website introduces the changes Read more…

OpenBag: Chelsea Mauldin from The Public Policy Lab

Chelsea Mauldin presented how the work of Public Policy Lab tries to answer these kinds of questions at a recent OpenBag talk. The Public Policy Lab is a non-profit that works with policymakers and city agencies to help them innovate citizen-serving services: “We engage the public and policy makers in the design process and especially people Read more…

Opening access to scenario planning tools

Can open source tools and approaches change how we do scenario planning? The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the Sonoran Institute today launched a new report, Opening Access to Scenario Planning Tools. The report emerges from a series of workshops and conversations convened by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the Sonoran Institute in 2010 and 2011. Read more…

TransportationCamp DC

More than 200 transportation enthusiasts braved the cold weather and attended TransportationCamp DC on Saturday, January 21st. OpenPlans organized the event in partnership with Mobility Lab and Greater Greater Washington. Planners, techies, and community activists spent the day talking about important transportation issues. These included: open source vs. proprietary citizen engagement in transportation planning blogs and transit Read more…

NYC Bike Share Map at the AIA Center for Architecture

Earlier this month, the AIA Center for Architecture was packed for the NYC bike share exhibition opening. The evening started with presentations by NYC DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and Alison Cohen, president of Alta Bicycle Share. So far, nearly 8,000 New Yorkers suggested a station location using OpenPlans’ interactive bike share map. If you haven’t done so Read more…

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