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Compact and Connected Communities Improve Public Health, says New Research

October 21, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

Compact Communities and Health

We know from exhaustive past research that walkable neighborhoods and cities reduce driving, associated emissions, and living costs. Three important academic studies published earlier this year demonstrate that they are good for our health, too.[read more]

X Marks the Spot for the 11th Street Bridge Park

October 21, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

DC and Bridge Design

Landscape architecture firm OLIN and architecture firm OMA were announced as the winners of a national design competition to create a 900-foot-long bridge park spanning the Anacostia River in D.C. According to 11th Street Bridge Park executive director Scott Kratz, the jury unanimously selected this team.[read more]

New Approach Paves Way to Manage Violence in Cities in the Global South

October 21, 2014 by Environment and Urbanization

Violence in the Global South

The new issue of the journal Environment and Urbanization, themed around "Conflict and violence in 21st century cities", argues for a more realistic approach to urban violence in the global South. The issue addresses topics including gangs, gender-based violence, and sensationalized reporting.[read more]

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USAID Signs Deals to Foster Eco-Cities in the Middle East

October 20, 2014 by David Thorpe

USAID's paradigm shift on waste 

Mediterranean cities and those of the Middle East should move towards a green economy, delegates said at The Eco Cities of the Mediterranean Forum, which is being held in Amman, Jordan, and where three major agreements have been signed by USAID to finance sustainable developments.[read more]

Ridesharing Could Revolutionize Urban Transport in India

October 20, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

India and Ridesharing

Uber – one of the largest ridesharing services in the world – began operating in India when it expanded to Bangalore. In August, the company announced that it would launch its service in four new Indian cities – Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, and Kolkata, and now serves a total of ten Indian cities.[read more]

Millions in the UK Do Not Receive a Living Wage and Income Inequality is Rising

October 20, 2014 by Glenn Vowles

Living Wages

Wages that are high enough that they can be lived on doesn't sound like too much to ask for does it? However, millions in the United Kingdom don't receive pay that covers something as basic as the cost of living - whilst the very rich are getting even richer.[read more]

When One Story Makes Sense

October 20, 2014 by Joe Nickol

Keeping the One Story

A quiet crisis is emerging in our building practice: one story buildings are being coded out of the system right when we need them most. While it is true that the Wendy's and Walgreens of the world earn their anti-urban distinction, we should hesitate to throw the one story baby out with the suburban bathwater.[read more]

Comparing Apples to the Big Apple: Washington, D.C., Is More Expensive Than New York City

October 20, 2014 by Jim Russell

Comparing Urban Cost of Living

The Washington Post has some fun with a Bureau of Labor Statistics report about housing expenditures in the US. The initial headline, “It’s More Expensive to Live in D.C. Than New York, Study Says.” Then comes the social media controversy: “D.C. Is More Expensive Than New York? Twitter Reacts.”[read more]

From Utility to Fear and Greed

October 20, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Market Efficiency Risk

Roger Martin recently published a post on the Harvard Business Review blog called: The Dark Side of Efficient Markets. In it, he makes an interesting distinction between what he calls use-driven markets and expectations-driven markets, the latter of which is assumed to be the more efficient one.[read more]

Casablanca, Morocco Inaugurates its New Casa-port Train Station

October 19, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Casablanca Train Station

His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco recently inaugurated the new train station of Casa-port, which is a crowning achievement for the national transportation network’s modern heritage, and the first of its kind in Morocco in terms of design and facilities.[read more]

Avoiding Driving

October 19, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Driving as Little as Possible

Not only do I do my absolute best to minimize the amount of driving I do here in Toronto, but I also follow the same rule when I travel as well. And if you’ve been following the macro trends, you might know that many other people feel the exact same way.[read more]

Lagos Rising: Where Next for 'Africa's London'? [VIDEO]

October 19, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Lagos and the Future

Lagos is the world’s fastest growing megacity, and it is currently riding on the wave of their lucrative oil industry and expanding economy. But while skyscrapers furnish the business elite, millions who live in the slums of Lagos wonder if they will benefit.[read more]

Five Colleges Leading the Way in Online Sustainable Agriculture Education

October 19, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Online Agriculture Education

As the demand for local, sustainable food grows, so does the need for farmers who are well-versed in the ways of sustainable agriculture. Fortunately, many educational institutions are ready to train the next generation of sustainable farmers through sustainable agriculture curricula.[read more]

The Evolution of Glass Houses

October 18, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

Glass House Design and History

In 1949, when Phillip Johnson designed the world-famous glass house in New Canaan, Connecticut, it is doubtful he thought much about the adage, “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.” I doubt Mr. Johnson specified much in the way of thermal-pane glass, either.[read more]

Women in Food: From Theatre to Tech, Erika Block Helps Build a New Food Economy

October 18, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

New Food Economics

Erika Block is something of a web weaver for the local foods economy. As CEO of Local Orbit, a company dedicated to providing sales and business management services to entrepreneurs, farmers, food hubs and others, she’s intricately familiar with the logistics that make the movement possible.[read more]

Bees and Belonging in Ottawa's Resilient Community Gardens

October 18, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Ottawa Community Gardens

 

A new grassroots city-building movement is redefining the urban landscape in Ottawa. In neighbourhoods, residents are coming together to create stronger, more resilient communities by growing their own food in urban community gardens.[read more]

Modern Sukkah Design Competitions Reimagine Ancient Shelters

October 18, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

The Modern Sukkah

Ancient verses from the Jewish Bible and contemporary landscape design do not often overlap, but this year no fewer than five design competitions and exhibitions throughout the U.S. and Canada have asked designers to create modern interpretations of the sukkah.[read more]

Voices of the City: Siphe Messive Tebeka

October 18, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Voices of the City

Voices of the City is a weekly feature that spotlights the everyday lives of our citizens, living and working in cities. This week, we hear from Gugulethu resident and up and coming DJ, Siphe Messive Tebeka. He however does not wish to be known as a DJ, but rather a young Dance music phenomenon.[read more]