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Lessons from Megijima: What Can the Loss of Culture Teach Us About Urban Nature?

August 27, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Culture and Nature

In terms of physical implementation, we have an endless stream of good knowledge, theory, and practice for building sustainable, nature-inclusive cities; a collection reaching back for well over a century. What’s missing are not methods and knowledge, but a consciousness of our relationship to the environment.[read more]

In Plessis-Gassot Garbage Provides First-Ever Source of Methane Energy in France

August 27, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

France, Methane, and Garbage

The commune of Plessis-Gassot in the Île de France region has just opened a power plant that will furnish the amount of energy equivalent to the consumption of 41,200 households, thanks to methane produced by the fermentation of non-recyclable waste.[read more]

Why San Francisco, New York, and DC May Be more Affordable than You Thought

August 26, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

Urban Affordability

Highly enlightening new data from the New York City-based Citizens Budget Commission demonstrate the immense importance of walkability and transit in shaping just how affordable large United States cities are for a range of household types.[read more]

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How WW1 Killed a Dream of a Solar-Powered World

August 26, 2014 by David Thorpe

The world's first solar power plant in 1913.

The world is marking the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, not only the bloodiest the world has ever seen, but the start of the West's involvement in carving up the Middle East and interfering in its politics for the sake of oil. It also marked the end of the world's first solar power station, in Egypt.[read more]

Denver Parks on Parade

August 26, 2014 by City Parks Blog

Denver Parks

Earlier this month, more than 30 park professionals from the US and Canada were hosted by Denver Parks and Recreation Department in collaboration with City Parks Alliance for a tour of their park system. Eighteen cities were represented, including teams from Los Angeles and Pittsburgh.[read more]

Montreal, Je T'Adore

August 26, 2014 by Jillian Glover

Adoring Montreal

Walkable. Bikeable. Hip. Fun. Stylish. Edgy. If I haven’t already been able to convince you of Montreal’s effortless cool and fun-loving ways, you should take a trip and go and see for yourself why it is perhaps one of the best cities in the whole world.[read more]

Waste Not, Want Not: Author Explores America's Food Waste Problem

Food Waste Problems

Local and sustainable food is great, as long as it is put to use. But according to food writer Jonathan Bloom, many people are chronic wasters of what they eat, which results in the loss of nutrition (not to mention the effort required to produce it) to a vacuum.[read more]

Why is it So Expensive to Build in London? [VIDEO]

August 26, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Building Costs in London

The features of London’s current housing shortage are by now well known: rising house prices; housing estate regeneration, garden city proposals. The struggle to increase housing supply is inherently linked to the high building costs in the city, with London topping the list of most expensive cities to build in.[read more]

Rio de Janeiro Creates New Urban Policy Organization for Mayorial Cooperation

August 26, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Mayors and Policy Organization

 

Over the course of the next decade, the number of industries and logistics companies (who look after the transport and storage of goods) is expected to double in the state of Rio Grande, Brazil. The question for planners is how to decide which areas are best suited to receive these new ventures.[read more]

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Help Wanted to Identify Cities Photographed from Space to Fight Night Pollution

August 25, 2014 by David Thorpe

Is this where you live?

Crowdsourcing is being used to identify cities, in tens of thousands photographs taken at night by astronauts, in an effort to reduce their energy consumption and light pollution.[read more]

North Carolina Startup Seeks To Crossbreed An Urban Farm With A Grocery Store

Farming and Grocery Mix

Imagine going into a store and picking out your dinner by literally pulling it up by the roots. Sound farfetched? It’s not. In fact, it’s the behind a North Carolina-based venture called the Farmery. The project is an effort to blend a retail grocery with the freshness of an indoor urban farm.[read more]

Sustainable Design Innovation: Perez Art Museum Miami

August 25, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Sustainable Museum Design

The built and natural environments merged to form something new and amazing in Miami: The Perez Art Museum. One of the most fascinating recent uses of integrated design, the museum features a hanging garden and a complementary, tropical landscape filled with native plants and irrigated by the building itself.[read more]

Africa and Urbanization: Re-Imagining Africa's Realities

August 25, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Africa and Urbanization

Recently the Daily Maverick has published a number of pieces speaking to some of the consequences of urbanization that often go overlooked by the public. In particular, two articles have risen key insights about service delivery and access in the face of large-scale urbanization.[read more]

What should San Francisco do with the Tenderloin?

August 25, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

San Francisco Neighborhoods

Recently Priceonomics posted a piece on San Francisco’s 'rent explosion.' In it was an infographic showing the median rental rate for a one bedroom apartment in the city. The most obvious takeaway is that San Francisco is really expensive. Except in the Tenderloin.[read more]

8,000 Families in Minas Gerais, Brazil Face Mass Eviction and Displacement

August 25, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Eviction and Displacement in Brazil

More than 8,000 families will be evicted from their homes without alternative accommodation in the near future. The government of the state of Minas Gerais said that they are planning a “mega-operation” that will dislodge the families of three communities of the Isidoro region in the city of Belo Horizonte.[read more]

Car-Sharing Grows in China as an Alternative to Vehicle Ownership

August 25, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

China Car Sharing

China’s increasing overall wealth makes it unlikely that the country’s growth in car ownership will stop any time soon. However, severe air pollution and traffic congestion have led several large Chinese cities to take action to stem the rising tide of private cars.[read more]

Chicago vs. Toronto: Which City has the Best Skyline?

August 24, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

City Skylines

Before visiting Chicago for the first time, everybody told me that I was going to love the city. They would tell me that it’s similar to Toronto, except that it has better architecture and a better waterfront. Having now visited the city, I not surprisingly have a lot to say on this matter.[read more]

Government Technology Facilitates a 'New City' in Lincoln, Nebraska

August 24, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

'New City' in Lincoln

With the rise of the technological and digital communication era, city and metropolitan governments are rapidly realizing the great importance of harnessing this scientific know-how in order to provide an optimal environment for their citizens.[read more]