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Rotterdam: Story of an Open City [VIDEO]

September 17, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Rotterdam as Open City

 

"This is a city haunted by the past, nostalgic for the future and unable to live in the present." This opening message evokes the polemic of Rotterdam, the Netherlands’ ‘second city’. This portrait of Rotterdam reflects on past struggles such as the Rotterdam Blitz that destroyed the city centre in the spring of 1940.[read more]

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Cityfood: Encouraging Urban Agriculture and Forestry in Developing Countries

September 16, 2014 by David Thorpe

Support for urban growing programmes

"You can't separate the sustainability of the city from its hinterlands," says Henk de Zeeuw. He works for the RUAF Foundation http://www.ruaf.org/, a global network in the field of (intra- and peri-) Urban Agriculture and City Region Food Strategies, and Cityfood, an initiative to support cities that want to start urban growing and local food programs.[read more]

Rabat, Morocco to Undergo "City of Lights" Transformation by 2017

September 16, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Lights in Rabat

Long confined to the status of an administrative city, Morocco’s capital dreams of becoming an international city of culture and knowledge. In the minds of Casablanca’s residents, Rabat is a city where nothing happens, living according to a monotone rhythm that rubs off on its inhabitants.[read more]

Colorado Couple Pioneers Local Food District in Denver Suburb

September 16, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Local Food in the Suburbs

Situated on the last few acres of a 140-year old homestead, Everitt Farms hopes to serve as a platform for a local food district, returning a new Denver suburb to its agricultural roots. Located in Lakewood, Colorado, the farm is an agricultural experiment initiated by husband-and-wife team Derek and Kamise Mullen.[read more]

The Option of Sensing the City

September 15, 2014 by Chuck Wolfe

An Urban Sense

Sensing the city is a personal experience owned by each of us. From a legal perspective, it is an urban property right that transcends public and private domains. It is a form of place-decoding that deserves more illustration and attention.[read more]

Walking the Way to Better High Streets

September 16, 2014 by Julian Dobson

Walking the Streets

I’ve heard many metaphors for high streets over the years, but there was a new one this week: they’re like hedgerows. Or, to be much more specific about the subject, the significance of high streets can be measured a bit like the significance of hedgerows.[read more]

Should Cities be Built to Make People Happy?

September 16, 2014 by This Big City
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Cities and Happiness

Is paradise a large metropolis? As city dwellers, we’re prone to believing that the good life is found on a desolate beach far from the cacophony of any urban environment. Cities, to their credit however, actually make us much happier than we might otherwise believe.[read more]

World's Best Places to Live: The Global Liveability Index

September 16, 2014 by Future Cape Town
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The Best Places to Live

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual liveability index has been out for a couple of weeks now and Lagos remains at the bottom of the list. The ranking assesses which locations around the world provide the best or the worst living conditions.[read more]

What Does the Future of Sustainable Transport Look Like in Lagos?

September 16, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Lagos and Sustainable Urban Transport

Lagos – the largest city and commercial capital of Nigeria – has traditionally struggled with a lack of reliable mass transit systems and severe traffic congestion. The average Lagos commuter spends over three hours in traffic every day. However, the city has made strides to improve mass transit options.[read more]

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China's Indoor Farming Research to Feed Cities Leads the World

September 15, 2014 by David Thorpe

The restaurant which grows what you eat where you eat.

China is investing significant amounts of effort into developing vertical farming systems to feed its burgeoning urban population. It aims to become a world leader in industrial scale applications of these systems.[read more]

Shanghai's Silent Motorcycles: What Do they Say About Global Pollution?

September 15, 2014 by Patrick Lydon

Shanghai Motorcycles

A lot of talk about China in the West is about the polution it spews, about the dirty cities, the un-breathable air. On a recent visit to Shanghai, however, something astounding stuck out. The motorcycles, mopeds, and scooters were not spouting fumes.[read more]

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'Do Highly Creative People Move More than Others, or Does Moving make People more Creative?'

September 15, 2014 by Jim Russell

Do creative people make the place, or does the place make creative people? Immigrant gateway cities in any country also double as national cultural centers. Immigrants, more than other movers, end up in dense hotbeds of innovation. I could endlessly chase my own tail in a game of chicken-or-egg.[read more]

New Study Reveals Potential Solutions to Social Demand for Transport in Brazilian Cities

September 15, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Brazil Transport and Social Demand

Increased bus fares are a greater concern to Brazilian citizens than increased electricity, water or telephone bills. This fact and others come from a recent study presented at the Brazilian National Association of Transport Operators 2014 National Seminar on Urban Public Transportation.[read more]

City Issues are Environmental Issues, and Here's Why

September 15, 2014 by Kaid Benfield
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Urban Environmentalism

Cities need nature. But what is not so well understood is that nature also needs cities. There is simply no way we can protect and maintain a beautiful, thriving, natural and rural landscape outside of cities if we continue to spread highways and suburban sprawl across the countryside.[read more]

Americans Walk the Least

September 14, 2014 by Jillian Glover

Walking and American Health

The bigger the house, the further you are from community, the more you drive, the more stuff you need to fill that home and oil you need to get there/create that stuff, and the more we destroy the planet trying to get that oil. And it is really that simple.[read more]

The Link Between Education and Sustainable Living in Brazil

September 14, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Education and Sustainability Links in Brazil

The undeniable fact is that we are in a situation of environmental and social alarm because the teaching methods used in recent centuries have evolved relatively little compared to other sciences, and failed to prepare society for sustainable living.[read more]

Prototype a New Market Street

September 14, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Market Street Design

A new design competition will transform San Francisco’s Market Street into a “public platform” for three days in April 2015, showcasing ways to further improve this iconic civic space. According to the organizers, the Prototyping Festival will invite diverse designers to interact with the equally as diverse communities.[read more]