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Architecture Is for Everyone

November 26, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Architecture for All

At the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD), Interboro Partners, an interdisciplinary and relatively young firm of three GSD alums Tobias Armborst, Daniel D’Oca, and Georgeen Theodore, said “architecture is for everyone.”[read more]

Bicycles As Transit in America

November 26, 2014 by Christopher Berggren

Bikes as American Transport

It would be fair to say that most Americans view the bicycle as a tool of either a recreational user or a hardcore sportsman willing to spend thousands on a bike and accessories. Sometimes, we see examples of the citizen riding an old bike on the side of a dangerous road, or children riding on quiet, country streets.[read more]

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Re-Working Our Future Cities: Is Biodesign the Answer?

November 26, 2014 by Sophie Curtis

Green Design and Future Cities

Alberto T. Estévez is director of the Genetic Barcelona Project. At RE.WORK Future Cities Summit, Alberto will explore cities that learn and take ideas from the advantages of nature. Science, biology and genetics lend to creating new technologies that give us the possibility to re-think and re-work our cities.[read more]

Farmers Unable to Water Crops in Salazie, Reunion Island Due to Water Rates

November 26, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Water Pricing and Community

In Salazie, Reunion Island, farmers were moved to action. They denounced the lack of water in the commune as well as the tariffs for the water that currently exists. In this period of drought, they criticize both the lack of discussion regarding water extraction and newly-announced water restrictions.[read more]

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Bristol Takes Steps Towards Becoming the UK's Second One Planet City

November 25, 2014 by David Thorpe
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One planet living has ten principles.

Next year Bristol is to be Europe's Green Capital City (this year it is Copenhagen). A partnership of 600+ local organisations is considering using the energy generated by this to launch a proposal that Bristol adopts the target of becoming a One Planet City.[read more]

Brain Drain Is Economic Development

November 25, 2014 by Jim Russell

Brain Drain

If one shifts focus from places to people, migration is economic development. Moving to a big city increases the chances of finding a job. Moving to a big city increases the wage earned at the job. For the migrant, income goes up. What about the place left behind?[read more]

Four Green Initiatives Employees Are Sure to Embrace

November 25, 2014 by Derek Wong

Green Initiatives

Who wouldn’t want to work in an engaging office environment? An engaged workforce makes a happier workplace and promotes a culture of collaboration and creativity, as numerous studies show. And corporate green initiatives are some of the best ways to engage employees.[read more]

Will the Elderly Run to the Suburbs? In Montreal, it Seems to be the Case

November 25, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Elderly Flight to the Suburbs in Montreal

If we were to believe a study published by a Concordia University researcher, it would be necessary to redouble efforts in order to attract silver heads and other “boomers,” who are set to expand the cohort of seniors over the course of the coming decades like never before, to urban centers.[read more]

Enhancing Livability in Turkey and in Cities Worldwide

November 25, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Livability in Turkey

Over the past half-century, the world has urbanized at an unprecedented pace. In 1970, about 37% of the world’s population lived in cities. This rose to 45% in 1990, 54% in 2014, and should reach 66% by 2050. Much of this urban growth is occurring in less wealthy cities, and has created distinct challenges.[read more]

From Srirangapatna, A Data Lesson For India’s Cities

November 24, 2014 by IFMR Financing Small Cities

Many questions confront city officials all over the world every day. Their solution depends on having up-to-date data on infrastructure and service delivery. One of the biggest challenges with decision-making in Indian cities is the lack of data. Can making Indian cities 'smarter' be the answer? Srirangapatna provides a case study.[read more]

Does Urban Authenticity Matter?

November 24, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

How Important is Urban Truth?

What does it mean for a place to be authentic? What if some savvy developer created new blast furnaces and inserted them into their new neighborhood in order to simulate the feel of an old industrial steelworks? Would that change how you felt about the space and area?[read more]

Streets for People, Freeways, and a Spectacular Solution

November 24, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

Streets for People

Victor Dover and John Massengale's epic book, titled 'Street Design,' is perhaps our most thorough and thoughtful explication of where we have gone wrong in the past with our most important urban public spaces - our city streets - and how to do better.[read more]

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World Bank Warns of Severe Threat to Food Supplies from Climate Change

November 24, 2014 by David Thorpe

The increase in droughts with 4° of warming

A new report from the World Bank, 'Turn Down the Heat' is warning that already global warming of around 1.5°C above pre-industrial times is locked into the Earth's atmospheric system, and unless we act now to reduce emissions, warming of probably 4 degrees will occur within our century, and everyone will feel the impact, particularly the poor.[read more]

Dear Gregor: Some Suggestions for a Smoother Term as Vancouver's Mayor

November 24, 2014 by Jillian Glover

Vancouver's Mayorship

Dear Gregor: Congratulations on being elected as mayor of Vancouver for a second term. It looked like a close race in those last few weeks. You seemed a little unsure that you could pull it off this time around. I know this because I received roughly twelve pre-recorded phone calls from you.[read more]

China's Clean Air Challenge: The Health Impacts of Transport Emissions

November 24, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

China, Transportation, and Air Pollution

Air quality is one of many tragic social and environmental issues China has faced during its rapid urbanization and motorization. China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection revealed that only 4.1% of the 74 surveyed cities met the new standards for fine particulate matter (PM2.5) emissions.[read more]

A Study of Biodiversity in the World's Cities

November 24, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

What are the global patterns of biodiversity the world’s cities? Are urban spaces biologically homogeneous and depauperate, or do they harbor significant native biodiversity? These are the questions of a collaborative studies of biodiversity in the world’s cities.[read more]

Architecture of Corruption in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

November 24, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Corruption and Construction

How does corruption affect architecture? Considering how corrupt Cambodia is (ranks 160 of 177 countries in the world) and that Phnom Penh does not have an implemented zoning or investment plan for future urban development, the architecture in the city reflects these unplanned conditions.[read more]

Benefits and Challenges of Walking and Biking in Riverside County, California

November 23, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Walking and Biking in Riverside

In August, the California Department of Transportation announced funding awards for the first round of the Active Transportation Program (ATP). The ATP funds walking and biking projects, illustrating that active transportation can be a significant component of a more efficient transportation future.[read more]