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Transforming In-Between Spaces for the Benefit of Urban Communities

September 18, 2014 by This Big City

Spaces and Urban Communities

In-between spaces, perceived as frontiers and borders, are the spaces that divide territories within our cities, neighbourhoods and towns. In our minds, they are understood as “non-places”, under-utilised spaces that are often associated with dirty, derelict and unsafe areas of the city.[read more]

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How Cities Will Feed Their Citizens in the Future

September 18, 2014 by David Thorpe

Fresh and local – grown in a warehouse

For the last week I have been posting articles describing highlights from the Vertical Farming and Urban Agriculture conference held at Nottingham University last week. In this article I will draw together all the threads and try to present a picture of how I now see that cities will feed themselves in the future.[read more]

Parks, Philanthropy, and Equity: New York's Temporary Truce

September 18, 2014 by City Parks Blog

Park Policy in NYC

A few months ago, Mayor de Blasio and the New York City Council passed a budget that adds $15.5 million to the Parks Department budget. The money, for the most part, is targeted to small neighborhood parks for maintenance and capital projects.[read more]

Can Auto-Rickshaw Fare Reform in Chennai Lead Users to Choose Sustainable Transport?

September 18, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Auto-Rickshaw Reform and Policy

Chennai, India has long been notorious for its lawless auto-rickshaw drivers. On August 25, 2013, the Tamil Nadu state government sought to change this perception by reforming rickshaw fare structures. The government was forced to implement the reform by the Supreme Court following a petition filed in 2010.[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]

Why I Am Farming on Water

September 17, 2014 by Karin Kloosterman
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Farming and Water Savings

I’ve started a small water farm. But unlike my attempted and horridly failed attempts at soil farming, where worms, weeds and beetles have taken over on my small plot and my brain, I’ve seen some impressive progress on water. Hydroponics may be the future of urban farming.[read more]

The UN Climate Summit: What’s in it for Cities?

September 17, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

UN Climate Summit and Cities

City leaders have a key role to play at next week’s UN Climate Summit in New York City, which brings together heads of state, mayors, business leaders, and civil society representatives to build momentum towards an international agenda to tackle climate change and build resilience.[read more]

No Innovation Without Migration: Do Places Make People?

September 17, 2014 by Jim Russell

Relation of Innovation and Migration

Place happens when people reside in a geographic space. People make places. On the other hand, do places make people? The bigger the city, the greater the innovation rate. Mathematics tells us that. The number crunching doesn’t explain why we observe a certain quality of place associated with innovative activities.[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]