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Urban Agriculture – A Next Big Thing for Cities

September 8, 2014 by David Thorpe

Dickson Despommier at the conference.

Dickson Despommier sees the growth of urban and vertical farming as exponential. This is an account of his presentation at the Vertical Farming and Urban Growing conference in Nottingham, today.[read more]

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The World's First Commercial Rooftop Aquaponics Farm

September 17, 2014 by David Thorpe

Fish with salad anyone?

Aquaponics – aquaculture (fish farming) + hydroponics (growing plants without soil) – could furnish 12% of a person's diet per 3m2 of roofspace, according to a prototype study. It produces both edible fish and vegetables. The fish's waste feeds the plants and the plants clean the water for the fish. Perfect for urban growing.[read more]

Public Space in Motion, from Nice, France [VIDEO]

September 17, 2014 by Chuck Wolfe

People in Motion

The motion of people in places like traditional public spaces in Nice, France is a fascinating subject of study. It involves everything from cafe culture, tram public transportation, buses, cars, pedestrians, to how the space acts as a place of public meeting and communication for the local population.[read more]

Rotterdam: Story of an Open City [VIDEO]

September 17, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Rotterdam as Open City

 

"This is a city haunted by the past, nostalgic for the future and unable to live in the present." This opening message evokes the polemic of Rotterdam, the Netherlands’ ‘second city’. This portrait of Rotterdam reflects on past struggles such as the Rotterdam Blitz that destroyed the city centre in the spring of 1940.[read more]

Ottawa, Canada Youth Should be Involved in the Planning Process

September 17, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Youth in Ottawa

It is important to have a youthful voice in city planning. I have repeatedly found myself to be the youngest person at planning open-houses and consultations I have attended in Ottawa. By missing these events, youth miss the opportunity to provide input on projects that will affect them greatly.[read more]

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Cityfood: Encouraging Urban Agriculture and Forestry in Developing Countries

September 16, 2014 by David Thorpe

Support for urban growing programmes

"You can't separate the sustainability of the city from its hinterlands," says Henk de Zeeuw. He works for the RUAF Foundation http://www.ruaf.org/, a global network in the field of (intra- and peri-) Urban Agriculture and City Region Food Strategies, and Cityfood, an initiative to support cities that want to start urban growing and local food programs.[read more]

Rabat, Morocco to Undergo "City of Lights" Transformation by 2017

September 16, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Lights in Rabat

Long confined to the status of an administrative city, Morocco’s capital dreams of becoming an international city of culture and knowledge. In the minds of Casablanca’s residents, Rabat is a city where nothing happens, living according to a monotone rhythm that rubs off on its inhabitants.[read more]

Colorado Couple Pioneers Local Food District in Denver Suburb

September 16, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Local Food in the Suburbs

Situated on the last few acres of a 140-year old homestead, Everitt Farms hopes to serve as a platform for a local food district, returning a new Denver suburb to its agricultural roots. Located in Lakewood, Colorado, the farm is an agricultural experiment initiated by husband-and-wife team Derek and Kamise Mullen.[read more]

Walking the Way to Better High Streets

September 16, 2014 by Julian Dobson

Walking the Streets

I’ve heard many metaphors for high streets over the years, but there was a new one this week: they’re like hedgerows. Or, to be much more specific about the subject, the significance of high streets can be measured a bit like the significance of hedgerows.[read more]

Should Cities be Built to Make People Happy?

September 16, 2014 by This Big City
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Cities and Happiness

Is paradise a large metropolis? As city dwellers, we’re prone to believing that the good life is found on a desolate beach far from the cacophony of any urban environment. Cities, to their credit however, actually make us much happier than we might otherwise believe.[read more]

World's Best Places to Live: The Global Liveability Index

September 16, 2014 by Future Cape Town
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The Best Places to Live

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual liveability index has been out for a couple of weeks now and Lagos remains at the bottom of the list. The ranking assesses which locations around the world provide the best or the worst living conditions.[read more]

What Does the Future of Sustainable Transport Look Like in Lagos?

September 16, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Lagos and Sustainable Urban Transport

Lagos – the largest city and commercial capital of Nigeria – has traditionally struggled with a lack of reliable mass transit systems and severe traffic congestion. The average Lagos commuter spends over three hours in traffic every day. However, the city has made strides to improve mass transit options.[read more]

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China's Indoor Farming Research to Feed Cities Leads the World

September 15, 2014 by David Thorpe

The restaurant which grows what you eat where you eat.

China is investing significant amounts of effort into developing vertical farming systems to feed its burgeoning urban population. It aims to become a world leader in industrial scale applications of these systems.[read more]