Pamela Abee-Taulli

Guest Blogger

How Cities are Getting “Smart”

by Pamela Abee-Taulli

“Smart” is a Cyber Buzz Word Hawking & Einstein would have trouble keeping up with this term’s branding umbrella. “Smart” is a swirling universe of interlocking cyberstrings: system, network, knowledge, power, sel... Read article

Expanding California’s State Water Project to the Nation: Avoiding Water Shortages Nationwide

by Pamela Abee-Taulli

Sidewalks exploding, train tracks buckling, foundations cracking – Is it the End? No, just a really bad drought in Texas. Drought: Standard for North America In Texas, we’ve been recording weather since 1895. If yo... Read article

Cheap Gas, Sprawl, and No Streetcars in the United States: Do These Dots Connect?

by Pamela Abee-Taulli

In Europe, cities are dense and compact, public transportation is plentiful and convenient, and gasoline prices are high. In the United States, cities sprawl, public transit is, on average, difficult to come by, and gas ... Read article

Cities Around the World Find Energy at Home: From Sun to Sewage

by Pamela Abee-Taulli

Ever stood in the middle of a big city and thought What a lot of energy! You’re right. Any thriving metropolis is teeming with energy – sun beating down; feet and cars bearing down; offal and detritus decomposing; and of... Read article

Designing for Disaster: Building for Global Warming

by Pamela Abee-Taulli

Tornados, Hurricanes, Floods – Oh My! Global weather patterns are changing – no matter what the cause. Record freezes and heat waves, more intense tornados and hurricanes, more severe floods and tsunamis. A complex co... Read article

Living in a Food Desert: How Planning, Policy, and Market Drivers Failed

by Pamela Abee-Taulli

What is a Food Desert? A place with only sand to eat? Almost. Try: A place where only high-fat, high-sugar, low-nutrition food is attractive and affordable? No single definition for food desert exists, but general ... Read article

Wal-Mart's Home Delivery: What Does it Mean for Urban Planning?

by Pamela Abee-Taulli

Big-box retail outlets are not a staple of the urban design. Land is simply too expensive to devote to a single story of wide aisles and extensive parking. Wal-Mart and other global retailers are exploring ways to infilt... Read article