52 sites listed

AEC InfoCenter
“AEC InfoCenter is an online architecture, engineering, construction and home building business center.” The site provides excellent information about related products, services, software, affiliated agencies and associations, businesses, classifieds, event listings, energy efficient building websites, newsgroups and publications.
Rating: Excellent
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Related pages: Canada, Canada, Ontario, Multi-National, Index / Periodical, Environmental / Sustainable
This is an excellent site detailing the birth, construction and reasons behind Arcosanti, the experimental town in the high desert of Arizona housing 7000 people. Demonstrating ways to improve urban conditions and lessen destructive impacts on the earth, the site highlights the artistic, energy efficient and affordable means of construction, includes event and workshop information, is fully searchable, and is available in English, Italian, Spanish or German.
Rating: Excellent
Location: Mayer, Arizona, USA
Related pages: USA, USA, Arizona, Multi-National, State / Regional / Local, Non-Profit Organization, Affordable / Assisted, Construction / Product, Design / Architectural, Environmental / Sustainable, Neighborhood / Community, Cohousing / Cooperative
Best Practices For Human Settlements Database
“This searchable database contains proven solutions to common urban problems facing the world’s cities today.” A variety of projects are discussed, including those relating to affordable housing, homelessness, land usage, construction techniques, home financing, and a wealth of related issues, such as poverty, education, sustainability, economic development, social services, gender equity and equality, environmental protection, and other urban issues. Full project descriptions are provided only if you have an account with them.
Rating: Excellent
Location: New York, New York, USA
Related pages: USA, USA, New York, Multi-National, Membership Group, Non-Profit Organization, Index / Periodical, Affordable / Assisted, Disability Concern, Fair housing, Legal / Policy, Special Interest / Minority, Construction / Product, Design / Architectural, Environmental / Sustainable, Neighborhood / Community, Hospice / HealthcareShelter / HomelessTransitional
China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development
Hosted by the International Institute for Sustainable Development, this site contains a variety of United Nations-directed events, research and information about the environment and sustainable communities. Work groups, publications, and recommendations are listed.
Rating: Informative
Location: China
Related pages: China, Multi-National, Design / Architectural, Environmental / Sustainable, Neighborhood / Community
This site provides information and details of the community networking conference which took place entirely on the Web, May 22 – June 30, 1997. Descriptions of programs, break-out sessions, publications, resources, exhibits and workshops are included.
Rating: Informative
Location: World
Related pages: World, Multi-National, Non-Profit Organization, Legal / Policy, Construction / Product, Neighborhood / Community
COMM-ORG: The On-Line Conference on Community Organizing and Development
“Available at this site, or linked to it: information from and about community organizing groups and networks; resources to help create community-controlled plans and then development; resources to help communities conduct “action research” on their own or with higher education partners; a “Policy Page” where you can find links to government and policy web sites and where our members post information about current issues and announcements; advice on how to use the Internet in activism; information on community organizing funders, technical assistance providers, and training materials; teaching and research resources such as course syllabi, research archives, and on-line readings from both academic and activist sources; and a working papers and reviews page containing original papers and book reviews.”
Rating: Recommended
Location: Toledo, Ohio, USA
Related pages: USA, USA, Ohio, Multi-National, Non-Profit Organization, Index / Periodical, Affordable / Assisted, Fair housing, Legal / Policy, Neighborhood / Community
Community Development Society
Geared toward associations, community development practitioners, and citizen leaders around the world, this site provides information about conferences, journals, goals, and general community development resources.
Rating: Informative
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Related pages: USA, USA, Wisconsin, Multi-National, Non-Profit Organization, Neighborhood / Community
Community Resource and Development Information Service (CORDIS)
A massive culmination of European research, libraries, and programs, “CORDIS provides information on a vast range of research, development and innovation activities undertaken on a European level.” Registered users are granted additional access to information and resources.
Rating: Informative
Location: Luxembourg
Related pages: Luxembourg, Multi-National, Index / Periodical
Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere, Inc. (CARE)
CARE is one of the world’s largest international development and relief organizations. Programs detailed on this site include those related to emergency relief and rehabilitation, education, children’s health, reproductive health, water and sanitation, small economic activity development, agriculture, community development and environment.
Rating: Informative
Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Related pages: USA, USA, Georgia, Multi-National, Non-Profit Organization, Index / Periodical, Affordable / Assisted, Special Interest / Minority, Environmental / Sustainable, Neighborhood / Community, Shelter / Homeless
COPAC Online Public Access Catalogue
“COPAC is a new national Online Public Access Catalogue, providing unified access to the online catalogues of some of the largest university research libraries in the United Kingdom and Ireland.” A searchable database, this site provides direct access to several extensive bibliographic collections.
Rating: Recommended
Location: Manchester, England, UK
Related pages: UKUK, England, Multi-National, Index / Periodical
The mother of all indexes, Cyburbia is a comprehensive directory of Internet resources relevant to planning, architecture, urbanism and other topics related to the built environment.
Rating: Excellent
Location: Buffalo, New York, USA
Related pages: USA, USA, New York, Multi-National, Index / Periodical, Fair housing, Construction / Product, Design / Architectural, Environmental / Sustainable, Neighborhood / Community
Earthship Global Website
“The Earthship is a completely independent globally oriented dwelling unit made from materials that are indigenous to the entire planet. The major structural building component of the Earthship is recycled automobile tires filled with compacted earth to form a rammed earth brick encased in steel belted rubber. This brick and the resulting bearing walls it forms is virtually indestructible.” This site details the home plans, energy efficiency, materials, waster, water, power, heating and cooling, and affordability.
Rating: Excellent
Location: El Prado, New Mexico, USA
Related pages: USA, USA, New Mexico, Multi-National, Private Business, Affordable / Assisted, Construction / Product, Design / Architectural, Environmental / Sustainable
Environmental Building News
This site is home to this on-line newsletter containing stories and articles on energy-efficiency, resource-efficiency, and healthy building practices. Featured topics include material selection, siting, indoor air quality, daylighting, and innovative environmentally responsible building products and projects.
Rating: Recommended
Location: Brattleboro, Vermont, USA
Related pages: USA, USA, Vermont, Multi-National, Index / Periodical, Construction / Product, Design / Architectural, Environmental / Sustainable
Environmental Organization Webdirectory
This outstanding site is a massive directory of environmentally friendly resources, including home design, products, services, sustainable communities, and alternative transportation methods.
Rating: Excellent
Location: Santa Barbara, California, USA
Related pages: USA, USA, California, Multi-National, Index / Periodical, Construction / Product, Design / Architectural, Environmental / Sustainable, Neighborhood / Community
European Environment Agency
This site for the membership agency of all 15 European Union states, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, contains information about projects, programs, events, resources, and links relating to environmental impacts, resources, construction and similar topics. Most documents are available in 23 languages.
Rating: Recommended
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Related pages: Denmark, Multi-National, Legal / Policy, Environmental / Sustainable
European Federation of National Organizations working with the Homeless (FEANTSA)
This site identifies FEANTSA’s policy goals, research activities, current lobbying, publications and other information about the groups’ efforts to alleviate homelessness in Europe. Organizational structure, the Federation’s members, and contact information is also provided. Unfortunately, there are no links to projects, ongoing studies, sites, or groups.
Rating: Informative
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Related pages: Belgium, Multi-National, Membership Group, Non-Profit Organization, Affordable / Assisted, Shelter / Homeless
European Network for Housing Research
This site provides information about the Network’s goals to enhance the quality and relevance of European housing. Unfortunately, there are no projects or program descriptions included.
Rating: Informative
Location: Gavle, Sweden
Related pages: Sweden, Multi-National, Index / Periodical, University Program, Fair housing, Legal / Policy, Environmental / Sustainable, Neighborhood / Community
Foundation for International Community Assistance (FINCA)
This site details FINCA’s efforts to assist families in poverty through methods of village banking–a means to provide small business loans within communities by residents themselves–both internationally and within the US. Primarily lead by female residents, this programs lends itself to empowerment not only based within the community, business sector or low-income residents, but within the gender as well.
Rating: Recommended
Location: Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Related pages: USA, USA, District of Columbia, Multi-National, Non-Profit Organization, Affordable / Assisted, Neighborhood / Community
Got Planning?
This site includes a fairly comprehensive list of architecture and planning related newsgroups, mailing lists, American Planning Association chapters, and job opportunities. Links to other relates resources are also available.
Rating: Recommended
Location: California, USA
Related pages: USA, USA, California, Multi-National, Index / Periodical
Habitat — United Nations Center for Human Settlements (UNCHS)
This site provides information about all of the United Nation’s work in the fields of housing, sustainable development, and research. An excellent compilation, much of the information is available in English, French or Spanish.
Rating: Excellent
Location: World
Related pages: World, Multi-National, Non-Profit Organization, Index / Periodical, Affordable / Assisted, Fair housing, Legal / Policy, Special Interest / Minority, Environmental / Sustainable, Neighborhood / Community
Habitat Agenda and the Istanbul Declaration
Set up in book-format, this site includes the entire Habitat agenda and declaration which contain requisites for human settlements, fair and equal housing, sustainability, development management, gender equality, and financing possibilities. The materials are downloadable, and are available in English, French, or Spanish.
Rating: Excellent
Location: World
Related pages: World, Multi-National, Non-Profit Organization, Index / Periodical, Affordable / Assisted, Fair housing, Legal / Policy, Special Interest / Minority, Design / Architectural, Environmental / Sustainable
Habitat for Humanity Affiliate Website Directory
Jason Wyckoff has created this searchable index of all the various Habitat for Humanity sites from around the world. This site contains over 97 links to Habitat sites in 35 states and nations.
Rating: Excellent
Location: Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA
Related pages: USA, USA, Illinois, Multi-National, Index / Periodical, Affordable / Assisted, Design / Architectural
Habitat II — The Second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements
This searchable site includes background information about the international conference, as well as publications, press releases, resources, plans of action, and other related information.
Rating: Informative
Location: Vienna, Austria
Related pages: Austria, Multi-National, Non-Profit Organization, Index / Periodical, Affordable / Assisted, Fair housing, Environmental / Sustainable, Neighborhood / Community
Housing Studies
This site provides subscription information for this journal that includes contributions from many different disciplines including economics, political science, urban studies, history, social administration, sociology, geography, law and planning. This site only contains information about the journal and how to receive it, not information contained within the journal. If you are a subscriber, you can link to the journal online at no charge.
Rating: Informative
Location: Abingdon, England, UK
Related pages: UKUK, England, Multi-National, Private Business, Index / Periodical
Institute for Global Communications
This site has been developed to “expand and inspire movements for peace, economic and social justice, human rights, and environmental sustainability around the world by providing and developing accessible computer networking tools,” and maintains PeaceNet, EcoNet, ConflictNet, LaborNet, and WomensNet. A variety of specific projects and programs relating to those issues, and membership information are also included.
Rating: Recommended
Location: San Francisco, California, USA
Related pages: USA, USA, California, Multi-National, Membership Group, Non-Profit Organization, Index / Periodical, Special Interest / Minority, Environmental / Sustainable
Intentional Communities
Sponsored by the Fellowship for Intentional Communities, this is a comprehensive site of Intentional Communities worldwide (cohousing, ecovillages, communes, co-ops, and urban housing cooperatives). The site includes a massive directory of communities, their magazine, extensive background information about Intentional Communities and a wide collection of related information.
Rating: Recommended
Location: Rutledge, Missouri, USA
Related pages: USA, USA, Missouri, Multi-National, Membership Group, Non-Profit Organization, Affordable / Assisted, Design / Architectural, Environmental / Sustainable, Neighborhood / Community, Cohousing / Cooperative
International Downtown Association
This site for the IDA provides information about its goal, programs, services, awards, members, conferences, and publications. Striving to promote urban centers as vibrant places to live, work, and recreate, the site includes information about how to do so, and links to related sites.
Rating: Informative
Location: Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Related pages: USA, USA, District of Columbia, Multi-National, Affordable / Assisted, Fair housing, Legal / Policy, Neighborhood / Community
International Homeless Discussion List and Archives
This is an excellent site that includes a comprehensive list of links discussing homelessness issues, resources, discussion lists, health and medical services, and policy issues.
Rating: Excellent
Location: Ashland, Oregon, USA
Related pages: USA, USA, Oregon, Multi-National, Affordable / Assisted, Fair housing, Legal / Policy, Special Interest / Minority, Shelter / HomelessTransitional
International Institute for Sustainable Development
This site contains is a comprehensive databank of information about sustainable design, both concerned with architecture and other man-made structures as well as the natural environment. Archives of past publications, event transcripts, and other materials are included. Available in English, Spanish or French.
Rating: Recommended
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Related pages: Canada, Canada, Manitoba, Multi-National, Non-Profit Organization, Index / Periodical, Design / Architectural, Environmental / Sustainable, Neighborhood / Community
International Society of City and Regional Planners
This site contains information about ISOCARP’s programs, services, objectives, conferences, and related issues. Topics of interest include urban and regional planning, planning theory, planning management, urban and regional design, urban and regional renewal, housing/habitat, sustainable development, transport and mobility, architectural design, urban history/heritage, and related disciplines.
Rating: Informative
Location: The Hague, Netherlands
Related pages: Netherlands, Multi-National, Membership Group, Index / Periodical, Affordable / Assisted, Legal / Policy, Design / Architectural, Environmental / Sustainable, Neighborhood / Community
International Solar Energy Society (ISES)
“Aimed at the advancement of renewable energy through research, technology transfer, commercialization and education,” this organization and site provide a wealth of information about solar energy, design, and energy efficiency in businesses and residences. Links to related sites, publications, conferences, and other resources are provided.
Rating: Recommended
Location: Freiburg, Germany
Related pages: Germany, Multi-National, Membership Group, Non-Profit Organization, Construction / Product, Design / Architectural, Environmental / Sustainable
International Union of Gospel Missions
An excellent site about IUGM’s programs, services, and educational programs, this searchable site also includes a diverse array of information about homelessness, alleviating poverty, ways to volunteer, job placement, missions directory, welfare reform and links to countless related sites.
Rating: Excellent
Location: Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Related pages: USA, USA, Missouri, Multi-National, Index / Periodical, Shelter / HomelessTransitional
IUCN — The World Conservation Union
IUCN’s mission is “to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature, and ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable.” Their site contains information about a variety of ecological and design issues, and provides information about their membership, programs, publications, and events.
Rating: Informative
Location: Gland, Switzerland
Related pages: Switzerland, Multi-National, Membership Group, Non-Profit Organization, Index / Periodical, Construction / Product, Design / Architectural, Environmental / Sustainable, Neighborhood / Community
This international site is home to multimedia resources for environment and development policy makers, and is “designed to be an electronic clearing-house for information on past and upcoming international meetings related to environment and development.” The site also includes ongoing programs, publications, archives, global policy, and an array of information about the environment and sustainable development. Available in English or French.
Rating: Informative
Location: World
Related pages: World, Multi-National, Non-Profit Organization, Index / Periodical, Legal / Policy, Environmental / Sustainable
Local Sustainability: The European Good Practice Information Service
This site is home to the “Guide to Sustainable Good Practice” and aims to disseminate sustainable good practice experiences of European cities, towns, and counties to the global community. News, library resources, recent cases, and searching capabilities are provided. Available in English, Spanish, or German.
Rating: Informative
Location: World
Related pages: World, Multi-National, State / Regional / Local, Index / Periodical, Environmental / Sustainable, Neighborhood / Community
Manufactured Housing Global Network
This searchable site includes everything you ever wanted to know about the manufactured housing business and construction, community and energy efficiency information, and the Top One Hundred Manufactured Housing Links to HUD’s Web Servers.
Rating: Excellent
Location: USA
Related pages: USA, Multi-National, Membership Group, Construction / Product, Design / Architectural, Environmental / Sustainable, Neighborhood / Community, Manufactured
Neo-Humanist Foundation
This site details this non-profit organization’s training, consulting and facilitation for community learning, development and empowerment in Latin America. Conferences, mailing lists, related links, and working paper information is provided. Available in English or Spanish.
Rating: Informative
Location: Bogota, Colombia
Related pages: Colombia, Multi-National, Non-Profit Organization, Index / Periodical, Neighborhood / Community
This site contains “Internet information resources for town planners and land property professionals,” and includes a wealth of links to planning, organization, GIS, environmental, and local authority sites.
Rating: Informative
Location: Warwickshire, England, UK
Related pages: UKUK, England, Multi-National, State / Regional / Local, Private Business, Index / Periodical, Environmental / Sustainable, Neighborhood / Community
Scandinavian Housing and Planning Research
Part of the Scandinavian Press, this site details publications available about the physical, economic, social and political aspects of housing and planning, ranging in focus from the local and urban to the regional and national level. This site only contains information about the journal and how to receive it, not information contained within the journal. Available in English or Norwegian.
Rating: Informative
Location: Gavle, Sweden
Related pages: Sweden, Multi-National, Index / Periodical, Fair housing, Legal / Policy, Design / Architectural, Environmental / Sustainable, Neighborhood / Community
Social Science Information Gateway (SOSIG)
“SOSIG is an online catalogue of thousands of high quality Internet resources relevant to social science education and research. Every resource has been selected and described by a librarian or subject specialist.” By searching for “housing,” for example, a series of related terms are displayed to choose from. This is an excellent site that you should surely bookmark.
Rating: Excellent
Location: Bristol, England, UK
Related pages: UKUK, England, Multi-National, Index / Periodical
Sustainable Building and Culture
This site by Prince Associates Architects maintains an extensive database of sustainable building, architecture, alternative construction techniques, ecovillage, environmental, and landscaping links.
Rating: Excellent
Location: Santa Barbara, California, USA
Related pages: USA, USA, California, Multi-National, Private Business, Index / Periodical, Construction / Product, Design / Architectural, Environmental / Sustainable
Sustainable Development –WWW Virtual Library Subject Catalog
This page takes a minute or two to load, but is well worth the wait if you are interested in anything related to sustainable development. The most comprehensive list I have ever seen, this site is surely one to bookmark. Links are included to other search engines, newsgroups, mailing lists, agencies, academic units, universities, journals, libraries and other databases.
Rating: Recommended
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Related pages: Belgium, Multi-National, Index / Periodical, Environmental / Sustainable
This site, compiled by Dennis Pang, contains a variety of links to architecture, urban planning, and landscape resources, agencies, associations, and firms.
Rating: Recommended
Location: Arkansas, USA
Related pages: USA, USA, Arkansas, Multi-National, Index / Periodical
United Kingdom Social Housing Link — University of Westminster
This site highlights issues of “fair access to affordable homes in decent condition, the public and private provision of housing for those in housing need, and strategies and alternative policies from all sources for meeting housing needs.” Links to newsgroups, bulletin boards and other resource forums are provided.
Rating: Informative
Location: England, UK
Related pages: UKUK, England, Multi-National, Index / Periodical, Affordable / Assisted, Legal / Policy, Neighborhood / Community
United Nations
This site details everything the UN ever has done, is doing, or is planning on doing. Available in English, French or Spanish.
Rating: Excellent
Location: World
Related pages: World, Multi-National, Index / Periodical, Affordable / Assisted, Fair housing, Legal / Policy, Environmental / Sustainable, Neighborhood / Community
United Nations Development Programs — Sustainable Human Development
“UNDP’s mission is to help countries in their efforts to achieve sustainable human development by assisting them to build their capacity to design and carry out development programs in poverty eradication, employment creation and sustainable livelihoods, the empowerment of women and the protection and regeneration of the environment.” The site includes statistics, publications, recent news updates, and focus on environment, gender, poverty and governance.
Rating: Informative
Location: World
Related pages: World, Multi-National, Non-Profit Organization, Index / Periodical, Affordable / Assisted, Legal / Policy, Special Interest / Minority, Neighborhood / Community, Shelter / Homeless
United Nations Economic and Social Development Division
This site index provides information about every kind of economic, social, housing, personal or environmental program the United Nations maintains.
Rating: Excellent
Location: World
Related pages: World, Multi-National, Index / Periodical, Affordable / Assisted, Fair housing, Legal / Policy, Environmental / Sustainable, Neighborhood / Community, Assisted LivingHospice / HealthcareShelter / Homeless
United Nations Research Institute for Social Development
This page provides information regarding community governance, its social impacts, homelessness, and gender movements. Two discussion papers are provided.
Rating: Informative
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Related pages: Switzerland, Multi-National, Index / Periodical, Special Interest / Minority, Neighborhood / Community, Shelter / Homeless
Urban Environmental Management
The site hosts a wealth of information related to urban environments and their management including articles, reports, and books, statistics, and networks.
Rating: Informative
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Related pages: Japan, Multi-National, Non-Profit Organization, Index / Periodical, Environmental / Sustainable, Neighborhood / Community
Virtual Library on Microcredit
This is a some-what complicated homepage for this conglomeration of finance and credit information. Everything is clearly labeled and easy to link to, but not very well described. Although it provides a wealth of information about interesting topics, including increasing women’s access to credit and similar topics geared toward minority populations, it is difficult to distinguish what information may be useful or not without in-depth reading. Available in English, French, Spanish, or Japanese.
Rating: Informative
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Related pages: Japan, Multi-National, Index / Periodical, Affordable / Assisted
An online magazine for building professionals and designers, this site includes regular features, materials and technology sections, and select information on innovative issues in housing, construction and design.
Rating: Informative
Location: USA
Related pages: USA, Multi-National, Index / Periodical, Construction / Product, Design / Architectural, Environmental / Sustainable
Woodstock Institute
This site details the efforts of the Institute, who “works locally and nationally to promote community reinvestment and economic development in lower-income and minority communities.” The page includes background information about the Institute, publications, recent announcements, links to other organizations, and past project accomplishments.
Rating: Informative
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Related pages: USA, USA, Illinois, Multi-National, Non-Profit Organization, Affordable / Assisted, Fair housing, Legal / Policy, Special Interest / Minority, Neighborhood / Community