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NYU Urban Farm Lab Teaches Important Lesson in Urban Agriculture

Urban Farming at NYU

NYU’s Urban Farm Lab is not your typical classroom, but for students at NYU’s Food Studies program, it’s where they learn one very important lesson: how to grow food in the big city. It was the inspiration of NYU graduate student Daniel Bowman Simon who thought there should be an urban garden on campus.[read more]

Six New Cities Awarded Heart of the Community Placemaking Grants

April 28, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Urban Placemaking Support

Recently, Southwest Airlines announced that non-profit organizations in six U.S. cities will receive Placemaking grants to help them reimagine and reactivate important but underutilized public spaces in their city through their groundbreaking Heart of the Community program.[read more]

For the Love of Cape Town

April 28, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

To your left, you’re greeted by Disa Park as you make your way to the city. Traces of white walled homes, up there, in Devil’s Peak and Vredehoek, along the slopes of Table Mountain, merge seamlessly with the subdued greys of Tamboerskloof.[read more]

A Chinese "Urban Village" Converted from an Informal Setlement

April 27, 2015 by Gerdo Aquino

Dachong - a converted informal settlement

Without enforcement of city building codes and regulations, China's urban villages contain high-density housing through the construction of additional floors to maximize their profitable rental space. Dachong Village, in Shenzhen, China, is the largest urban village transformation project in the world’s fastest-growing city, to convert an informal settlement into a great place to live.[read more]

The Rise of the Fairtrade Market In the UK

April 27, 2015 by Anja Duric

UK Fair Trade

The global coffee market has gone through quite a few significant transformations in the last few decades, rapidly moving towards fair trade. It might come as a surprise, but the UK has become one of the largest consumers of fair trade coffee in the world.[read more]


Are Shipping Containers the Sustainable Building Blocks We Need?

April 27, 2015 by Claire Smith

Housing Construction and Innovation

The first shipping container home, in the US, was built nearly ten years and since then shipping container homes have seen their popularity skyrocket. In-fact you’ve probably seen post’s like this form True Activist, showing just how many of these homes have been built in recent years.[read more]

How to Save Water, the Californian Way: Part 2

April 27, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Water in California

California's progressive state and local policies are helping the state to better conserve its limited water resources. Here are five of them, but there's much more that can be done. More thoughtful planning for both rural agricultural and urban water use is needed.[read more]

Where are Millennials Going to Move When They Start Having Children?

April 27, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Millenials, Kids, and Housing

As a millennial myself, I know that I’ve always told myself that I want to stay urban for as long as I can, even when I have kids. But do most of them want to do this, or move to the suburbs or countryside? On the answer depends much in terms of ecological footprint, planning and community.[read more]

Montreal, Quebec's Théâtre de Verdure Closed for Second Season Due to Disrepair

April 27, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Montreal Theatre and Local Culture

Once upon a time, there was a treasure located in the heart of one of the most beautiful parks in Montreal. A treasure with an uncertain future. This jewel is the Théâtre de Verdure. This open air stage can accommodate 3,000 spectators in an oasis nested very close to the La Fontaine Park pond in Plateau-Mont-Royal.[read more]

Michigan Food Innovation Hub Fosters Collaboration between Local Food Producers

Michigan Food Innovation

Local food producers in Northwest Michigan are entering an era of collaboration thanks to the emergence of the Grand Traverse Food Innovation Hub. The food hub is an important step toward a more connected and cooperative local food community in the region.[read more]

A Tree Hitched to the Universe

April 26, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Life in Green Spaces

From a leafy suburb in the shadow of Table Mountain, I need not venture far to encounter a myriad of remarkable creatures employing clever survival strategies. Fighting, stalking, feigning, loving, dancing, stealing, and darting, biodiversity spills into and out of my garden.[read more]

City Walk Saturdays Kick-Starts New Storytelling Route for Cape Town

April 26, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

City Walk Cape Town

The lively event featured Capoeira, tango and swing dance sessions, a tranquillity zone with meditation and yoga, jumping castles and kids storytelling time. Skateboarders whizzed through the space and curious squirrels watched as giant scrabble and pavement chalk unfolded.[read more]

Brussels, Belgium's Latest Music Festival: The Sustainable Paradise City

April 26, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Sustainable Music Festivals

It’s that time of year again: the moment when Belgian music festivals reveal their programs. And this year, a number of them have taken to riding the wave of environmentalism. Besides LaSemo and Esperanzah, the latest to enter this group is Paradise City Festival.[read more]