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The Tiny House Proves That Less is More [INFOGRAPHIC]

September 3, 2014 by Neal Gorenflo

Tiny house movement.

In the past 30 years or so, the average home size has expanded its waistband by nearly 40 percent from 1,800 square feet 2,500 square feet while the number of occupants per household has dropped. Tiny homes prove that less really is more when it comes to housing, and this infographic lists all the reasons why.[read more]

Do Elevated Cycletracks Solve Problems or Just Create More?

September 3, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Elevated cycletracks.

This year, two designs – one proposed and one built – for elevated cycletracks, which create bicycle highways above street level, have gained considerable media attention. They highlight questions at the heart of urban design: Should cities blend or separate transportation options?[read more]

Would a Shorter Work Week Lead to More Sustainable Lives? [VIDEO]

September 2, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Shorter work week.

This TED talk takes a radical approach to shortening the work week as a way to address natural resource consumption… as well as deal with elements of social and economic sustainability. Anna Coote first proposed this concept in a 2010 report for the New Economics Foundation; she gave the talk below at TEDxGhent in 2012.[read more]

Thoughts on Driverless Cars

September 2, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Driverless cars.

I’ve written about driverless cars before in terms of how they might be used as a form of public transit. But I think it’s worth revisiting them for a moment. There are lots of driverless car critics out there and they usually fixate on the fact that a car is still a car, whether or not you happen to be driving it. It still takes up the same amount of space in our cities. Or does it?[read more]

Untapping the Potential of Science-Government Partnerships to Benefit Urban Nature 

September 2, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Promoting urban nature.

Promoting urban nature is a significant challenge for local governments. It is evident that it consists of much more than simply protecting areas of high biodiversity from human activity; it is about enhancing and even creating novel forms of ‘nature’ to promote the environmental and social sustainability of cities for decades to come.[read more]

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One Year On From Car-Free Month in Suwon, What Has Changed?

September 2, 2014 by David Thorpe

Old tyres make a sculpture for a cyclist in a car-free area to gaze at.

It's exactly one year since the city of Suwon in South Korea practised an amazing experiment. In the Haenggung-dong neighborhood, 1500 cars were removed from the streets as their 4,343 owners volunteered not to use them for one whole month. What has changed since then?[read more]

Can Markets Make for a Better Future Cape Town?

September 2, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Markets.

Spanish markets are an integral part of some communities. In a recent tweet Future Cape Town shared an interesting fact. Markets in Barcelona were ranked as the 2nd most valuable public service after libraries. Having just returned from Spain enjoying these markets, it made me wonder why Cape Town does not have similar “fresh produce” markets.[read more]

L.A. Hanging on as a Top Global City

September 2, 2014 by Christopher Sellers

Los Angeles.

For more than a century, Southern Californians have dreamed of their region becoming host to a great global city. At the turn of the 20th century Henry Huntington, who built much of the area’s first mass-transit system, proclaimed that “Los Angeles is destined to become the most important city in the world.”[read more]

More Building Materials of the Future

September 2, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

Building materials.

The gap between material science and actual construction is very far and very wide. It can take decades to move a breakthrough in engineering from a lab to a building site. But as architects and engineers face bigger challenges — from earthquakes to dwindling resources to sheer cost — a new generation of smart materials is emerging.[read more]

Should Bike Sharing Be Subsidized? Or Privatized?

September 1, 2014 by Marc Gunther

Bike sharing.

I’m a fan of bike sharing, and a satisfied, albeit irregular, customer of Capital Bikeshare, the convenient and well-managed public bike-sharing system in Washington, D.C., which now extends into the suburbs of Maryland and Virginia. But, so far, at least, no big-city bike sharing system of which I am aware is financially self-supporting.[read more]

Renewable Natural Gas: Turning Waste into Energy [INFOGRAPHIC]

September 1, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Renewable natural gas.

For those of us on a more human time frame, the methane and other gases emitted from decomposing organic matter work just as well as the stuff you have to frack out of the ground… and, as you can see in the infographic below, create all sorts of opportunities to deal with wastes more efficiently, and to even create a few jobs.[read more]

Sharing Activist Reveal Plan to Turn Los Angeles Into a Sharing Mecca

September 1, 2014 by Neal Gorenflo

Sharing economy.

"One day it occurred to me that I didn’t know many people in my own neighborhood, and I wanted to find a way to do that. I felt like if we were ever going to make real change, it was going to have to happen from the ground up. I found the time bank on the internet and just showed up at a potluck."[read more]