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Top 10 Most Likely Architectural Advancements in Next 50 Years

May 28, 2015 by David Thorpe

Floating cities to combat rising sea levels

A list of the top 10 Most Likely Architectural Advancements of the next 50 years has been offered by a panel of experts. The expansion of cities will continue, with humans both burrowing deep down to carve out more living space and launching floating cities to adapt to rising sea levels due to climate change.[read more]

Placemaking Ideas that are Ripe for Scaling Up

May 28, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Robson Square in Vancouver

To showcase this diversity of talent in the Placemaking movement, the Placemaking Leadership Council’s annual “Placemaking Roundup" this year saw members give brief presentations describing their recent projects and initiatives. The theme was “Ideas Ripe for Scaling Up”. Watch the videos here.[read more]

9 Examples of What Happens When Authorities Make The Data They Own Publicly Accessible

May 28, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Africa is getting smarter

What ripple effects occur when authorities make the data they own publicly accessible? Since Cape Town launched its open data policy, we found these 9+ examples of open data used effectively.[read more]

How Green Building Professionals Can Get Help To Make Healthier Buildings

Buildings can affect your health

Where we live, work, learn, and play affects our health and well-being. Green building professionals are in a unique position to ensure that their projects minimize health risks. USGBC has formed a partnership with the Health Impact Project to streamline the consideration of health in the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria and LEED certification programs.[read more]

Eco-Neighborhood Establishes itself Near Regional Nature Park

Lurais has won planning approval.

The Grand-Claud eco-neighborhood in Lurais, France is set to be a national example. Lurais is now in possession of the property for its new eco-neighborhood, which will shine in the areas of water treatment, environmental health, communal spaces, energy-saving techniques, and waste management.[read more]

Best Cities for Minorities, Gauging the Economics of Opportunity

May 27, 2015 by Christopher Sellers
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Harlem, NYC.

THis is the overview from a new report, Best Cities for Minorities, Gauging the Economics of Opportunity by Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox for the Center for Opportunity Urbanism. Read the full report here (pdf viewer).This study provides an initial analysis of African-American, Latino and Asian economic and social conditions in 52...[read more]

Finding Community in Chaos: Inspiring Stories of Post-Disaster Social Resilience

May 27, 2015 by This Big City

Iron Market, Haiti after the quake

After the Nepal earthquakes, and all natural disasters, a strong sense of community contributes to the process of rebuilding what was lost and rejuvenating broken places. Ecological and social memories emerge and cooperation and collaboration become pillars in collectively help the means for people to recreate the places they love and build a sense of community amidst crisis.[read more]

Why Covered and Street Markets are Crucial to City Center Vitality

May 27, 2015 by Julian Dobson

Bury's Street Market

What is at stake is not just markets but the character and vitality of our town and city centres. Planners have swallowed the myth of ‘retail-led regeneration’, imagining that shiny new shopping centres will revive their towns. In the process the traditional markets are often left behind, physically distanced from new developments and reduced to a curiosity.[read more]

Ten Ways to Improve Bus Transit Use and Experience

May 27, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

Washington DC's new bus

Last year, buses were used nationwide in the USA for more than 5.35 billion bus trips, ie half of all transit users and thus outdoes all other transit modes combined. But still, bus trips are largely not ideal. So what can be done to rectify this? Here are ten suggestions.[read more]

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Battle of the Mayors May Decide Devolution of Power to UK Cities

May 27, 2015 by David Thorpe

Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes – against elected mayors

Legislation to allow the devolution of power to cities is strongly expected in the first Queen’s speech of the new UK parliament, but the plans may be derailed by cities' opposition to the idea of elected mayors.[read more]

5 Bikesharing Trends to Watch

May 27, 2015 by Neal Gorenflo

Bikesharing is trending in cities

Here are five bikesharing trends – both promising and troubling – to watch in 2015. Important issues such as funding and equity are poised to come to the fore this year as the industry continues to grow and evolve and P2P bikesharing reinvents itself.[read more]

What are Urban Design and Master Planning?

May 27, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

15 principles of wholeness in urban design

Urban Design and Master-planning defined in under 250 words each. The definitions will be used in an online application developed for the American Institute of Architects. Finding young, gifted and creative people who are willing to choose urban design as their profession is vitally important to the future well-being of the planet.[read more]

On the High Line, old and new infrastructure and art designed to decay

May 26, 2015 by Georgia Silvera Seamans

The vegetated trackbeds are the site of Adrian Villar Rojas' The Evolution of God, a land art installation commissioned by the High Line.

Last month we walked the third (and newest) section of the High Line. We each had our favorites. One of us really liked the playground (Pershing Square Beams) and could have crawled, clambered, and popped up into the single "gopher hole" for longer than we had time to spend at the park. Two other fun elements of the new section are the...[read more]

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Revealed: The Top European Countries for Cycling Safety, Advocacy and Popularity

May 26, 2015 by David Thorpe

Peddling their way to the top.

Cycling is on the rise everywhere in cities that are taking seriously the idea that promoting it can reduce congestion, improve air quality and the local economy, and the health of citizens. Last week the European Cyclists Federation ranked EU countries for cycling usage, tourism, road safety, cycling advocacy and market size.[read more]

21 Easy Measures to Promote Pedestrianism and Complete Streets

May 26, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

Let's make walking attractive, safe and fun.

21 easy things that should be done in a city to make it truly pedestrian friendly. Many of these items could be implemented quickly, because they are neither expensive, nor rocket science. This is tactical urbanism for 'complete streets' to promote safe walking.[read more]