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Should Cities be Built to Make People Happy?

September 16, 2014 by This Big City

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]

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]

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]

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

September 16, 2014 by Future Cape Town

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]

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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]

Casa Futebol: Transforming Brazil's Empty Stadiums into Housing

September 13, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Futebol and Housing

What should we do with the infrastructure built on the occasion of a major sporting event such as the soccer World Cup? This question seems to arises each time, whether about the Olympic Games or any other international competition.[read more]

Women in Food: Journalist Jane Black Looks for ‘Solutions’

September 13, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Food Solutions

 

As writer of the Smarter Food column for the Washington Post, among many other outlets, Jane Black has been a prolific journalist on topics of food, food politics, and sustainable agriculture. She has made it her career to broaden the discussion around the creation of a more sustainable food system.[read more]

By the Numbers: Sustainable Mobility Improves Health and Road Safety

September 13, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Sustainability and Safety

50 million: The number of people that are seriously injured every year in traffic accidents; 1.3 million of these people die. 695: The approximate reduction in annual traffic crashes on the Macrobús BRT corridor in Guadalajara, Mexico as a result of reserving one lane exclusively for buses.[read more]

Are We Living up to Our Design Promises?

September 13, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Design Promise

Though environmental, social, and economic performance goals are often identified during planning and design stages of landscape projects, most lack effective post-construction monitoring and observation to determine if — and how well — project’s design goals are being met.[read more]

Exploring the Mimico Waterfront

September 13, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Mimico Waterfront

Recently I explored Humber Bay Park, which is a waterfront park in the west end of Toronto. It’s in a neighborhood called Mimico that used to be a separate town, with its own mayor, until 1967. I honestly can’t remember the last time I was there, so it was fun to explore what felt like a new part of the city.[read more]

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UN Online Course in Sustainable Urban Mobility in Developing Countries

September 12, 2014 by Améline Peterschmitt

Learn online

The rapid and often unplanned and uncoordinated growth of cities has significantly increased the challenge of creating new transportation systems, especially in developing countries. To learn more about urban transport planning, register now for the UN's e-learning course on Sustainable Urban Mobility in Developing Countries, starting soon.[read more]

Taxis Just Got 40% Cheaper in Toronto

September 12, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Taxis and Competition

UberX officially launched in Toronto today. Which means that Toronto’s taxi and limousine industry is about to get a lot more grouchy. UberX is Uber’s low-cost car service. Just like the regular version, you hail a car using your mobile phone. But this option will cost you 40% less than a regular taxi![read more]

How Do Single Stream Recycling Materials Get Separated? [VIDEO]

September 12, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Recycling Methods

You don’t have to be really old to remember the days when “recycling” meant “separating your paper from your aluminum from your plastic.” When we lived in Las Vegas in the ’90s, our curbside service gave us three different bins for materials.[read more]

On Île d'Yeu, France, Biking is Practically a Religion

September 12, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Biking and Public Enthusiasm

Mountain bike, single bike or tandem: on the streets of L’île d’Yeu, France, the parade of two-wheelers is permanent. For both summer vacationers and locals alike, this method of transportation has become utterly and completely indispensable.[read more]

Inventive New Designs for D.C.'s 11th Street Bridge Park

September 12, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

D.C. Bridge Design

Six months ago, an exciting national design competition was launched for the 11th Street Bridge Park in Washington, D.C. Expected to cost upwards of $40 million, the new bridge park will run 900 feet over the foundation of an old freeway spanning the Anacostia River.[read more]

Stewarding Memories: Caring for People, Trees, and Land 

September 12, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

History and Care

What happens to the places that were purposively set-aside as spaces of remembrance? How do they change or persist? What role do they play in the lives of their creators, their stewards, and their users as we move further in time away from a particular event?[read more]

New Mexico Food Hub Looks to Grow Economy, Preserve Agricultural Tradition

September 11, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

New Mexico Food and Tradition

Agriculture has been a way of life in New Mexico for centuries. The communal irrigation canals, oracequias, and the lands they water have been passed down by family farmers generation after generation. Today, New Mexico is returning to its agricultural roots as a way to revitalize its cities.[read more]