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Urbanism Hall of Fame: Enrique Peñalosa Leads Bogotá's Inclusive Urban Transformation

December 22, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Urban Transformation Leadership

In 1997, Bogotá was one of the most unlikely places to stage an urban transformation. It had a long history of unmet government plans; a frenzied, semi-formal public transport system, and half-organized, half-chaotic urban development that had led to great inequality and informality.[read more]

The Fundamental Law of Road Congestion

December 22, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Urban Traffic Problems

A few days ago I wrote a post talking about what happens when you demolish an urban highway. It was a link to an article giving five examples of cities that have removed their urban highways and benefited. After I wrote the post, a number of people responded on Twitter.[read more]

GIVA Little Hope This Season

December 21, 2014 by Cape Town Partnership

GIVA is an online platform that connects givers with real individuals in need. The people are screened and vetted by legitimate NGOs, and a specific need that would make a big difference in their life is identified. This is uploaded to the website and people can contribute money towards the cause.[read more]

Safety And Efficiency In The Boiler Room [INFOGRAPHIC]

December 21, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Building Best Practices

Got a boiler room in your home or company’s basement? Then you’ve got an efficient and consistent source of heat during the winter: because boilers heat water which radiates throughout the building, they provide even, long-lasting comfort during the winter months.[read more]

Brownfield Redevelopment in Galway, Ireland Gives the Harbor A Second Life

December 21, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Harbor Renewal in Ireland

With regards to redevelopment, a brownfield is land that has been previously used for industrial purposes. The majority of waterfront redevelopment in Ireland, including the redevelopment of Dublin Port in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, was brownfield redevelopment.[read more]

Barrels and Ammunition

December 21, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Organizational Best Practices

 

One idea of organizational practice is the idea of barrels and ammunition. For a lot of organizations, the thought is often that by adding more people you’ll be able to increase output. More people = greater velocity. But a different reasoning is that most people are actually ammunition.[read more]

Celebrating the Wilderness Act of 1964, and Celebrating Wildness in Cities

December 20, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Urban Green Space Legislation

September 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the signing into U.S. law of the Wilderness Act. A watershed act and a cornerstone of contemporary environmentalism, it put into place new and important safeguards on the protection and development of some of the nation’s most impressive wild areas.[read more]

Young People in Food: North Dakotans Hannah and Jonathan Moser Bring Local to Big Ag Country

December 20, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Young People and Local Food

After graduating college, Hannah and Jonathan Moser learned the mechanics of CSA management while working on a vegetable farm in Australia. Then the couple came home to North Dakota and decided to give it a try for themselves, launching Forager Farm.[read more]

Learning to Ride a Bike Isn't Child's Play" Montreuil, France's Six-Level Bike School

December 20, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Bike School in France

Is there a perfect age for learning to ride a bike? Not necessarily. Because not everyone learns to ride a bike at the same time, there are now numerous bike schools where one can learn to sit atop a two-wheeler with the help of specialized teachers.[read more]

19 Duncan Street Bought for $47 million

December 20, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Toronto Urban and Building Development

Last week it was announced that Allied Properties and Westbank have acquired 19 Duncan Street in Toronto for $47 million. The plan is to restore the existing heritage building, as well as build additional retail space, office space, and rental apartments. I hope it will end up a remarkable development project.[read more]

Christmas Gifts for the Little Urbanist

December 20, 2014 by Jillian Glover

Urbanist Gift Ideas

Your grandpa played with toy trains. Your mom loved her wooden school bus. You loved to construct public buildings out of Lego, and now your kid can’t stop reading Richard Scarry books. Whether or not we realize it, children are fascinated by how a city works.[read more]

Peru's Climate Leaders Awarded over $11 Million for Low-Carbon Urban Transport

December 19, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Peru Climate Leadership

Peru was recently awarded €9 million ($11.14 million) for its urban transport Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA) by the German and British NAMA facility. This climate finance award will allow the Peruvian government to leverage $50 million from development aid agencies.[read more]

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Living the One Planet Life at the UK's 15 year old Sustainable Community

December 19, 2014 by David Thorpe

Dream home?

Hockerton housing cooperative is one of the UK's best-known example of one planet living. Five households have been forging a new way of living there for 15 years that is more sustainable than most, and self-sufficient in energy, water, sewage treatment and much food. They also run courses, both online and offline, and accept site visits.[read more]

A Playful Plaza: Bringing Imagination and New Life to Downtown Providence

December 19, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces
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Playful Public Plaza in Providence

How Burnside Park was reinvented by a project that knitted together disconnected spaces to fill them with a diverse range of uses and activities, and a new identity for the entire district, begun by giving it a new name: Greater Kennedy Plaza.[read more]

Restoring the Lost Urban Waterways of Montreal, Quebec

December 19, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Waterway Restoration

Is it realistic to think about exhuming or recreating the streams and rivers that have disappeared in the wake of urbanization in the city of Montreal? Over the last few years, this idea has gained traction, even becoming the topic of a documentary in 2012 – with “Lost Rivers,” by Caroline Bacle.[read more]

GoPro City Tours

December 19, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

GoPro and Tourism

This past week was Toronto’s first real snowstorm of the season. It was awesome. I love snow. And part of the reason I love it, is because it means snowboarding season is here. Yes, the “mountains” in Ontario suck, but Quebec and Vermont aren’t too far away.[read more]

Voices of the City: Paige Nick

December 19, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Cape Town City Voices Interview

Voices of the City is a weekly feature that spotlights the everyday lives of our citizens, living and working in the city. This week we meet Paige Nick, a Sunday Times columnist, award-winning advertising copywriter, and author of the critically acclaimed novels, 'A Million Miles from Normal' and 'This Way Up.'[read more]

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Don't Shop Online, You're Slowly Killing Your Local Community

December 18, 2014 by David Thorpe
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Shopping online is not sustainable.

There is a very direct relationship between the health of your local community and how much shopping you do online. When stores close down and get boarded up, it's not a coincidence. If you value the integrity of your local high street, don't buy online. If you want boarded up, empty shops near you, do buy online.[read more]