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What Green Roof Incentives and Policies are International Cities Using?

July 31, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Getting a Green Roof Going

The Impact of intense Industrialization during the 1960s and 1970s in Linz, Austria, left the city with little quality green space. Once this became a genuine problem the urban planners started to put together a Green Space Plan approved in 1984.[read more]

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Madrid Drivers Encouraged to Ditch Dirty Diesel Cars for Clean Electric Bikes

July 31, 2014 by David Thorpe

Madrid goes BiciMad

The Spanish capital Madrid has started charging drivers to park according to how polluting their cars are, while introducing a rental system for electric bikes, to encourage a switch to more sustainable transport.[read more]

Architects & Communalism Can Solve San Francisco's Housing Crisis

July 31, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

San Francisco Housing

San Francisco is in a housing crisis! The skyrocketing housing market is pushing out the people that make the city a diverse and vibrant place with housing rates rising three times faster than the national average. Within the last two years the rental market has increased by an average of 20%.[read more]

What We Like - and Don't Like - About Our Cities

July 30, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

Liking and Not Liking City Life

 

American city dwellers place a high value on their cities’ food offerings, from restaurants to farmers’ markets. We also love historic buildings and good public spaces. Traffic, not so much. These findings are from a new study released last week by Sasaki Associates.[read more]

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Mahindra Becomes India's First City to Begin Transforming into a 'Green Township'

July 30, 2014 by David Thorpe

Mahindra World City

Mahindra World City has been named as India’s first township to be awarded with Stage I certification under the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) Green Townships Programme.[read more]

Cable Car System Takes Transport to New Heights in Bolivia

Cable Cars in Bolivia

Residents of the La Paz/El Alto Metropolitan area now have a new option for navigating the region’s mountainous geography. The first line of the Mi Teleférico (My Cable Car) system opened May 30, 2014, and interviews with new riders show overwhelming support for this new transport mode.[read more]

Who Is My Neighbour?

July 30, 2014 by Julian Dobson

Neighborhood Good

In recent weeks I’ve been doing a series of interviews with frontline workers helping people in crisis. Some of their comments are revealing. The interviews raise important questions for me about what responsibilities society has to people who are in crisis - people who can’t afford to eat or have unmanageable debts.[read more]

Who Should Zone Cities?

July 30, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly
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Zoning Cities

The Old Urbanist has just published an informative post called “Where Zoning Went Wrong.” In it, he talks about some of the defining characterstics of American city planning and suggests that the delegation of planning authority is what has caused many of the challenges that city builders now face.[read more]

What Will South Africa Look Like by 2030? [VIDEO]

July 30, 2014 by Future Cape Town

South Africa's Future

Given the past twenty years of democracy, many in South Africa are asking: what will come next? How will the country continue to grow and develop in an inclusive way, especially in the face of large-scale urbanization and the slowing of economic growth?[read more]

Re-Imagining Accra’s "Public Spaces"

July 29, 2014 by Victoria Okoye

Accra Public Spaces

Talented architects, designers and public space practitioners, green space enthusiasts, and everyday citizens dream of a greener Accra, one in which city parks, specifically, can become the norm. Like any growing, changing and developing city, Accra is evolving.[read more]

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Walkable Metro Areas Are More Productive & Command Higher Rental

July 29, 2014 by David Thorpe

Walkable is good.

A new report ranks the top 30 metropolitan areas in the USA on the amount of commercial development in Walkable Urban Places. It finds that higher education levels and one third higher GDP (Gross Domestic Product) per capita correlate with the provision of walkable places.[read more]

High Tree Canopy Cover Results In Fewer Heat-Related Emergencies

July 29, 2014 by Leda Marritz

Urban Tree Canopy and Health

As an MLA student at the University of Guelph, Drew Graham studied how heat-related emergency calls were distributed throughout a city. What he found was that areas with low tree canopy cover had significantly higher heat related emergencies and deaths.[read more]

Can Preparing for Climate Change have Social Benefits?

July 29, 2014 by Future Cape Town

The Benefits of Preparation

 

Kristian Foreman, founder of Zones Urbaines Sensibles, led the build up to Department of Design’s “Preparing for Climate Change” workshop with a lecture on integrating the environmental, social, and economic agenda when investments are made to prepare for Climate Change.[read more]

Bad Neighbors Build Wind Turbines

July 29, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Wind Turbines and Neighborhood Benefits

On Friday when I was driving up to Thornbury, I ended up taking a route that goes through Shelburne, Ontario. I’ve taken this route at some point before, but I don’t remember seeing so many wind turbines. I guess it must have been before this particular wind farm had been built out.[read more]

A New Vision for Pennsylvania Avenue

July 29, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

U.S. Capitol and Future Vision

Pennsylvania Avenue has one of the nation’s most famous addresses – The White House, at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. It forms a physical and symbolic connection between that address, which represents the president and the executive branch, and the people, represented by the U.S. Capitol building.[read more]

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Exploding Urbanization: A Threat or an Opportunity?

July 29, 2014 by Andrew Schmidt

Sustainabile Building is the Key

The rush of humanity to live in cities need not portend a catastrophe. Initiatives such as the Sustainable Social Housing Initiative and Cities Action for Sustainable Housing exist to help cities in developing countries expand more sustainably and not repeat the mistakes of cities in developed countries.[read more]

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Architects, Doctors and the Importance of Urban and Building Design in Public Health

July 28, 2014 by David Thorpe

The American Institute of Architects wants doctors to wake up to the importance of building design on health. 

Architects and the public are waking up to the way building design, urban neighbourhood design and placemaking impact upon health and well-being, but doctors are lagging behind in making the connection, according to research sponsored by the American Institute of Architects.[read more]

Beach Pollution a Major Threat to Fisheries, Economy, and Tourism in Fortaleza, Brazil

July 28, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Beach Pollution in Brazil

The mission: picking up trash on a stretch of the Praia do Futuro (Beach of the Future in Fortaleza, Brazil). Sponsored by the Cleaning the World Organization, volunteers gathered together with gloves to protect their hands, clipboards to record their progress, and bags to be filled.[read more]