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Designing with Nature: Insights for Drought Resilience and Carbon in Elqui Valley, Chile

January 25, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Design and Natural Integration

Measures taken in cities to improve their adaptation to drought and for carbon sequestration are usually based on an efficient use of water and energy. But nature and rural areas near cities can provide key ideas to address these issues which are more in line with local needs and nature.[read more]

3 Challenges for Informal Traders

January 24, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Informal Economics

Informal trade is a characteristic element of many African cities, yet it still resists easy explanation and classification. Women in Informal Employment Globalising and Organising have produced a study that explores the various conditions of street vendors in Accra, Ahmedabad, Durban, Lima and Nakuru.[read more]

2014 Was the Hottest Year on Record

January 24, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

2014 and Temperature Records

In 2014, the Earth reached its hottest levels at least since 1880, when global temperatures were first recorded. According to NASA and the NOAA, much of the 1.24 F (0.68 C) temperature increase over the 30-year average was driven by warmer oceans, which were up 1 degree F over the average.[read more]

People-Oriented Streets and the Built Environment: Lee Schipper Memorial Scholars Present at Transforming Transportation 2015

January 24, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

People-Oriented Street Design

Last week’s Transforming Transportation conference put forth multiple innovative ideas for how cities can transform mobility to become more socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable. Speakers included former heads of state, road safety champions, and entrepreneurs.[read more]

Before and After at 109 Hazelton Avenue

January 24, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Urban Renewal and Design

I recently connected with one of the principals of a Toronto-based construction management firm called Ripple Projects, which focuses primarily on contemporary custom homes. The founders spent many years prior to this doing similar projects at similar companies, such as Wilson Project Management.[read more]

Bécancour, Quebec, Canada Unveils New Brand Identity

January 24, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Urban Brand Identity Action

The City of Bécancour in Quebec, Canada has just announced that, as promised, it has created a new visual identity for itself. This includes a graphic platform and signature, created to completely redefine the city. The goal, from the beginning, was to revise and standardize the city’s image.[read more]

Interview with Chris Reed on Stoss' Futuristic Landscapes

January 23, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Futuristic Landscape Architecture

Chris Reed, ASLA, is founding principal of Stoss, which won the National Design Award for landscape architecture in 2012. Reed is Associate Professor in practice of landscape architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His most recent book is 'Projective Ecologies.'[read more]

Farm-to-School Program Brings Fresh and Local to Riverside, California School District

January 23, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Farm-to-School and Student Health

In the Riverside Unified School District in Southern California students enjoy access to locally-sourced salad bars and experiential learning opportunities in agriculture and nutrition. Much of this success has been spearheaded by Rodney Taylor, Director of Nutrition Services for Riverside Unified School District.[read more]

Living Inside: MONU Magazine Tackles 'Interior Urbanism'

January 23, 2015 by This Big City

Interior Urbanism

In today’s world it seems we find ourselves no longer capable of separating the places of production from places of refuge. This is the great value of discussing the meaning of the “interior” in relation to forces that produce the city and the contemporary urban structures.[read more]

Paper From Plastic Bottles: An Environmental Win?

January 23, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Plastic, Paper, Recycling, and the Future

Two entrepreneurs have figured out how to make mineral paper out of PET plastic bottles that’s four times cheaper than current methods.[read more]

A Tale of Two Cities: Turin and Milan, Italy's Agenda for Urban Innovation

January 23, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Italian Urbanism and Choices

Urban innovation is a term that has swept several major Italian cities. It refers to a city’s ability to reinvent itself through new projects. The concept has come to dominate all strategic planning in places that need to reevaluate themselves. But how do you drive urban innovation in a city?[read more]

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Sustainable Airline Biofuels Come A Step Closer

January 22, 2015 by David Thorpe
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Is it bye-bye to flying?

The planet is warming, and the most climate-friendly thing you can probably do is avoid flying. But aviation is growing at 5% per year. New tech breakthroughs and a new report are beginning to show how airline fuel could become more sustainable...[read more]

Can We Have Better Growth and a Better Climate at the Same Time?

January 22, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA
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How to Grow While Protecting the Climate

 

Can we grow while protecting the climate? Yes, said Felipe Calderón, chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, who spoke at the Transforming Transportation conference in Washington, D.C. The economy and the climate are intrinsically connected, and so are their problems.[read more]

Transport Plays a Key Role in Urban Air Quality

January 22, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Transportation and Pollution

Private cars account for less than one-third of trips in cities worldwide, but are responsible for 73% of urban air pollutants. Per capita, private cars generate three times more greenhouse gas emissions than public transport systems like buses.[read more]

Why are Milliennials Flocking to Des Moines, Iowa?

January 22, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid
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Millenials in Des Moines

On its surface, the city of Des Moines may not seem like the most attractive place in which to settle down. It’s located in the middle of the state, surrounded in all directions by a buffer of cornfields. Despite this, Des Moines was recently named by Forbes as the top city for young professionals.[read more]

What Naysayers Don't Get About California's High Speed Train

January 22, 2015 by This Big City

Though the construction of the California High Speed Rail System has fended off a number of court challenges, much of the funding for the line’s projected $68 billion budget has yet to be locked down. And there are still a number of technical hurdles looming on the horizon.[read more]

Making the Measure: A Toolkit for Tracking the Outcomes of Community Gardens and Urban Farms

January 22, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Community Garden Output Tool

Community gardeners and urban farmers across North America are using an innovative research toolkit developed in New York City to measure and track the impacts of their work. A small group of dedicated gardeners created the toolkit in mid-2013 as part of the Five Borough Farm initiative.[read more]