Planning for a Rapidly Changing World

In a time of massive flux, it can be hard to keep up — and know what to focus on. That's why Planning is taking a year-long look at the unexpected developments, existing challenges, and promising opportunities our communities are facing. From empty office buildings to climate migration and racial inequities to new tech, we'll tell you what you need to know about the disruptors that could change our future — and the way we plan for it.

Featured Articles

3 Mayors, 3 Cities, Countless Lessons for Planners and Public Office

Add these must-see films and shows to your streaming queue this month.

Increased Remote Work Could Mean Big Changes for Cities

The pandemic has accelerated the digitalization of work. How can cities faced with excess commercial office space adapt?

Eliminating Racial Segregation Is Good Economic Policy

Income disparities and racial segregation are deeply intertwined, burdening both people of color and the U.S. economy. Here's how we can reverse that trend.

Election Day Wins, Planning Windfalls

Billions in voter-approved dollars will fund transit and housing efforts through the new year and beyond.

4 Tips to Find the Right Mentor for You

Searching for a mentor can be daunting, but these four strategies will put you well on your way to finding the right mentor to guide you toward your career goals.

Climate Migrants Are on the Move

Which cities need to plan for population booms?

Flying Taxis Are Coming and Communities Need to Prepare

Tech companies say they could launch advanced air mobility vehicles within this decade, but urban and rural policy is lagging behind.

Tribal Treaties Could Change the Environment

They’ve been ignored for generations, but Michigan’s latest pipeline decision could signal a more just approach — and help halt climate change.


Strategies for Family-Oriented Densification

Central cities aren’t just for the childless. Parent-friendly policies can revitalize urban neighborhoods.

Planners Library

The latest in planning literature, with book reviews on reflective planning practice, a pandemic of pedestrian deaths, and vibrant urban sidewalks.

Pandemic-Proof Community Service

Leveraging the power of volunteering is vital to boosting local resilience.

Et Cetera

In our latest roundup of planning odds and ends: Resy’s restaurant docuseries, a toolkit for better biking cities, and the San Francisco podcast Bay Curious.


Lessons from Oregon’s Historic Wildfire Season

Kelsey Zlevor: Disaster recovery calls for grassroots planning grounded in collaborative activism.

New Opportunities for a Bright Future for Planning

New APA President Leo R. Asuncion Jr. envisions a future where planners are seen as ethical, solution-oriented leaders of constructive change.

Portland Defines the New Decade in Planning

Bruce Stephenson: With planning that values public good over individual interests, Portland sets an example we can follow.

Cover: Illustration by Jason Schneider,