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Reclaiming Urban Space for People with the Picnic Blanket Effect

September 23, 2014 by Tazmine Loomans

Reclaiming Urban Space

 

I encountered an example of defining a new space merely by putting something on the ground this weekend at the Belmont Street Fair. At the intersection of SE 34th and Belmont, which is usually never a space that you would actually want to hang out in, the organizers of the fair put down a round piece of turf.[read more]

Do Greener, Healthier Cities Need an 'Elevator Speech'?

September 23, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

The Greener City Pitch

For better or worse, we live in the age of the sound bite, when even the most intellectually complicated subjects must, to be understood, be simplified to a couple of easily communicated sentences. It’s all about hyper-short attention spans, the 140-character Tweet, and the “elevator speech."[read more]

Transport Sector Climate Action Key to Close the World's Emissions Gap

September 23, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Emissions Reduction and Transportation

Climate action often focuses on energy and industrial activity, but the transport sector must be included to keep global warming below the dangerous two-degree scenario. Transport is responsible for 22% of energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions worldwide.[read more]

Athens is Building the World's Largest City Park

September 23, 2014 by Jillian Glover

Athens and Green Space Expansion

Athens has plans to finally provide its citizens with a source of respite, as it is poised to be home to the world’s largest city park. Hellenikon Metropolitan Park will be 2 million square meters, providing the city with the green space it desperately needs.[read more]

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City-dwellers Around The World Call on Politicians to Act on Climate Change

September 22, 2014 by David Thorpe

Peoples Climate March NYC 

According to CBS News there were 300,000. Marching, Singing, waving banners, taking over the whole of downtown Manhattan. Around the world, a total of 580,000 were estimated to have participated in demonstrations in 2,000 cities yesterday. Politicians are being scrutinized in advance of this week's crucial UN meeting.[read more]

Sustainability, Adaptation, Resilience, Building Integrated Agriculture and a Black Eye

September 22, 2014 by Oscar Rodriguez

Urbanism and a Black Eye

If "resilience" is to be the next "thing" in climate change discourse, we should be aware that it implies a war-like footing. If climate change and resource constriction are challenges to be fought, we should be careful in our choice of "guard hands" and look to approaches that offer flexibility.[read more]

No Innovation Without Migration: The Harlem Renaissance

September 22, 2014 by Jim Russell

Migration and Culture and Innovation

While Harlem may have been celebrated in legend and song as the world’s “black mecca,” the Harlem Renaissance had roots and branches extending far beyond Upper Manhattan. It was a state of mind that connected a community of artists all across the country.[read more]

Lagos State Amends Urban Regional Planning and Development Law

September 22, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Lagos Planning and Legislation

Lagos's State Governor signed into law a bill amending the Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law. The amended law lifted the restriction on employment of General Manager of the State’s Urban Renewal Authority, making other professionals in urban renewal and development eligible for the position.[read more]

Bike Paths Return the Streets to Children in São Paulo, Brazil

September 22, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Bike Paths for Kids in Brazil

An interesting and very important phenomenon has begun to take shape on the streets of São Paulo: reclaiming public space for children. Places that were previously wasted on private vehicles are now being converted for public use. And among new users are the children of the city.[read more]

The Challenge of the Century: Maarten Hajer

September 21, 2014 by Future Cape Town
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Challenge of the Future

It has been estimated that over 70% of the world’s population shall be living in cities by 2050. This means that over the next 40 years we shall be witnessing a mass exodus of over 2 billion people to the cities hoping to make their homes there.[read more]

Milan on Water: Navigli, the Planning Legacy of Leonardo da Vinci

September 21, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Water and Milan

The term “naviglio” is the Italian term for “canal.” Therefore, “Navigli” the plural of “naviglio,” is the name for the artificial canals of Milan. They were built between 1179 (Naviglio Grande) and the 16th century (Naviglio Martesana) with the purpose of making Milan accessible from the Ticino and Adda rivers.[read more]

Composting: The Answer to Eliminating Invasive Plant Species from Lakes and Other Places?

September 21, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
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Composting and Invasive Species

As a native Southerner (and, more specifically, a Louisianian), I know a thing or two about invasive species: Spanish moss, kudzu, and nutria all figure into my memories of growing up. So far, methods to control these species and the damage they do have come up short.[read more]

We Should Look at Urban Nature More Through the Eyes of Children 

September 21, 2014 by The Nature of Cities
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Kids and Urban Nature

Environmental perception by people is complex and dynamic. Individuals are active agents in their perceptions of nature—not passive receivers of information—while the environment is a global unity on which environmental processes within cities are based.[read more]

KC Healthy Kids: Combating Childhood Obesity in Kansas City, Missouri

September 20, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Fighting Childhood Obesity in Kansas City

Diet and exercise are important factors affecting health. In an effort to battle childhood obesity across the nation and in our communities, KC HealthyKids is empowering children to eat healthy foods and lead more active and healthier lifestyles.[read more]

Discover Paris' Little Belt

September 20, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Hidden Little Belt

Since 2011, photographer Pierre Folk has traversed Paris’ Petite Ceinture, or Little Belt Railway, which has been abandoned since the 1930s. Apparently, discussions have been ongoing in Paris since last year about the future of the old line.[read more]

Seattle's First Protected Bike Lane Makes a Quick Adjustment [VIDEO]

September 20, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Seattle Bike Lanes

Seattle recently installed its first protected downtown bike lane on Second Avenue. Shortly after it opened, they quickly discovered that the left green arrow and solid green circle were confusing drivers. So the Seattle Department of Transportation quickly adjusted.[read more]

A Preview Tour of London's Cheesegrater [VIDEO]

September 20, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Touring the Cheese Grater

Lead architect Graham Stirk, of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, takes us inside of one of the latest and largest additions to London’s skyline: ‘The Cheesegrater’ – aka the Leadenhall building. Standing at 225m, the Leadenhall Building will be the tallest office tower ever to be built in Britain.[read more]

City of Lexington, Kentucky Hires Former White House Staffer as First Local Food Coordinator

September 20, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Local Food Coordination

The City of Lexington, Kentucky has initiated a new local foods program as part of its economic development efforts. Tapped to manage this new initiative is Lexington native Ashton Potter Wright, who has served as local food coordinator for Mayor Jim Gray’s office since the first week of June.[read more]