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Interrupting the Ordinary: PARK(ing) Day in Houston

October 1, 2014 by Allyn West

Public Space Innovation

The first PARK(ing) Day was in 2005 in San Francisco. It lasted just two hours. A group from art and design studio Rebar fed the meter, put down sod, a bench, and a tree for two hours --- as much time as they could buy --- and then packed it all up.[read more]

New Report Shows How to Reduce Vehicle Pollution, Create Financial Savings on a Global Scale

October 1, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

Pollution and Energy Savings

More than $100 trillion in public and private spending could be saved between now and 2050 if the world were to expand public transportation, walking and bicycling in cities, according to a new report released by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy and the University of California.[read more]

'Inevitably Urban' and the Role of the People

September 30, 2014 by Chuck Wolfe

People and Urbanism

These times seem so inevitably urban. Civic dialogue focuses on the social repercussions of growth, such as affordability of urban housing (“build more“, said last Sunday's Seattle Times), the proper range of housing types, and how residents will travel from here to there.[read more]

Placemaking's Ripple Effect: How a Beach Downtown is Making Waves in Detroit

October 1, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces

Placemaking and Wide Effects

At first glance, a Google image search for the term “Detroit” returns an alarmingly one-sided portrayal of the Motor City. Photographs of crumbling buildings dominate so much. Scroll a bit further and one image breaks through the monotony – a beach.[read more]

The Geography of Poverty and Migration

October 1, 2014 by Jim Russell

Poverty and Movement

Long-distance migrants move for jobs, more so among the nonpoor. Short-distance migrants move for housing. Quick and dirty, “lower education and income groups are more likely to move for family reasons and less likely to move for work-related reasons than higher education and income groups.”[read more]

From Bicycles to Cars in Beijing

October 1, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Transport Choices

There has been an incredible urban transformation that has taken place in Beijing over the last couple of decades; specifically, the shift from a bicycle oriented city to a now automobile oriented city. Alongside this mobility change, there’s also been pronounced changes to the urban fabric of the city.[read more]

São Paulo, Brazil's Most Expensive Addresses are Concentrated in 2.5km

October 1, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Wealth and Space in Sao Paulo

Within just a 2.5 kilometer space, the ten most expensive addresses in Sao Paulo, Brazil's largest city, are concentrated. This is despite the fact that São Paulo is the sixth largest metropolis in the world and spreads out across a huge area of 1,522 square kilometers.[read more]

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WWF's Living Planet Report Paints Stark Picture of Unsustainable Development

September 30, 2014 by David Thorpe

A Signpost to One Planet Living

By expanding cities, cutting down forests and overfishing the seas, humanity has caused a 52% decline in the population of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish since 1970. This is the staggering and sobering headline fact to leap out of the latest Living Planet Report from WWF.[read more]

Building the City of the Future Through Smart, Connected Urban Transport

September 30, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Cities and the Future of Transport

The concept of smart, connected transport is a hot topic among city leaders looking to ride the wave of innovation to more sustainable, prosperous cities. Despite this, building a truly smart and interconnected urban transport system is more than most cities can hope to do all at once.[read more]

Energy Efficiency and Waste: Power for Your Pound

September 30, 2014 by Glenn Vowles

Energy Cost and Waste

Debates on UK energy policy focus almost exclusively on energy generation/production and often neglect even to mention energy saving and energy efficiency. It’s much cheaper to save energy and be efficient than it is to generate it.[read more]

How to Save America from a Future That Lacks Water

September 30, 2014 by Mark LeChevallier

America and Water Needs

Many households wish to conserve water but lack the knowledge, time and resources. We’ve all seen a number of long lists of water-saving tips that leave us unsure which actions are actually making an impact. Well, I’m going to share with you a short list of the most effective water-saving tips.[read more]

Research Reveals Solutions to Brazilian Public Transportation Issues

September 30, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Brazil Transport Solutions

The increase in bus fare brings more headaches for the Brazilian citizen than electricity, water or telephone bills. This insight was revealed in unpublished research from NTU (National Association of Urban Transport) presented at the 2014 National Seminar.[read more]

Green vs. Grey: Every City is a Living Body

September 29, 2014 by Ivan Bruce
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Cities as Bodies

The thought that nature can also be an infrastructure is not new; nature can be harnessed to provide services within the urban environment, by reducing risk of flooding or excessive heat, or improving air quality. When nature is harnessed by people it is known as "green infrastructure."[read more]

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Drive to End Ignorance on Energy Amongst Public and Professionals

September 29, 2014 by David Thorpe

Dr Kerry Mashford, CEO, National Energy Foundation

How much do you know about energy in buildings? According to a new poll, most people don't know nearly enough. So in the UK Dr Kerry Mashford, CEO, National Energy Foundation wants a national drive to increase understanding of energy use reduction, and your help is needed.[read more]

7 Reasons Why High-Rises Kill Livability

September 29, 2014 by Taz Loomans

High Rises and Urban Living

What do you do when you’re the city of Portland and millions of people are supposed to move into your city in the coming decades and you have an urban growth boundary? Build up, right? To a certain extent yes, but not above the fifth floor, says world-renown architect Jan Gehl.[read more]