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Citizen Science in the City: Lessons from Melbourne's BioBlitz

March 4, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Citizen Science

Citizen scientists contribute their time and energy to support thousands of research projects around the world. They collect, categorize, and analyze data, generously volunteering their time and their personal resources in return for little other than recreational enjoyment or the personal satisfaction of helping others.[read more]

Toronto Aquaponics Startup Works Toward a 'New Normal' in Local Food Production

Local Food Production in Toronto

Pablo Alvarez and Craig Petten are Toronto natives with a combined 40 years of experience in the food industry. By starting a new aquaponic farm in their home city, the co-founders hope to both increase Toronto’s food stability and increase people’s connection with their food.[read more]

How To Turn Plastic Bottles Into Twine [VIDEO]

March 4, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Plastic bottles to new rope

As a good greenie, I’d argue that plastic bottles are one of those things we should mostly “reduce” our use of rather than “recycle”. But I do use them, so I was fascinated by this video which shows you how to turn plastic bottles into twine.[read more]

Lahore's Roads to Nowhere

Lahore and Transport Infrastructure

Lahore, Pakistan is on a dangerous path toward a future of urban highways, underpasses, and flyovers that will eventually suffocate the city. By prioritizing car-centric infrastructure through new development contracts, the city is making traffic congestion, air pollution, and road safety worse.[read more]

Where the Jobs are Being Created in Cities

March 3, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Cities and Job Creation

According to a new report released by City Observatory, US cities have officially reversed a 50-year trend towards decentralization. In some ways, it just makes intuitive sense. People started returning to cities and so the jobs followed (although there were also structural changes to the economy).[read more]

Architectural Fantasy and Social Reality: Two Types of Floating City

March 3, 2015 by This Big City

Architectural fantasy all at sea?

Many architects have come up with concepts of future utopian cities, some of which are related to smart, sustainable, and bio-tech innovation. However, it is not clear at the moment whether these cities can really address the challenges of tomorrow’s world, or if they are going to end up as unrealistic utopian ideas.[read more]

Historical Vandalism? Vancouver Remembers Past Landmarks With Signage

March 3, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Vancouver History and Marketing

There is a trend in Vancouver where clever real estate marketers name condos – and sometimes even rebuild or leave the old signage – to commemorate more historically important and interesting buildings that are being torn down. Here are some examples.[read more]

New Hampshire-Based Nonprofit Helps Immigrants Find a Fresh Start in Farming

Immigrants and Farming

At Fresh Start Farms, immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs participate in the New American Sustainable Agriculture Project. The program, in operation since 2008, helps new arrivals to not only establish a food source for their family, but to begin a sustainable small business in their adopted community.[read more]

Cultural Connections: Building the Placemaking Movement in Brazil

March 3, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Brazil Placemaking

Jeniffer and Paola are out to change the world, one public space at a time. After years in the advertising and marketing sectors working for multinational corporations, Jeniffer and Paola both (separately) realized that they could do more for their communities and the public spaces within them.[read more]

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Creating Community: Review of Last Week's Webinar on Urban Architecture and Building Better Communities

March 2, 2015 by David Thorpe

How can real communities by designed?

The SCC #SustainableChat Webinar: Urban Architecture and Building Better Communities held last Wednesday was very successful. Our panel of experts covered the design, economics, sustainability and community related issues of the topic. But the conversation has only just begun....[read more]

Job Growth Now Faster in City Centers, Shrinking in Suburbs

March 2, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Cities and Jobs

Job growth is now faster in city centers than outlying suburban areas, according to a new report from City Observatory. According to their analysis, from 2002 to 2007, “job decentralization” — that is, the growth of jobs in suburbs — was in full force, but now that trend has been reversed.[read more]

Mapping the Way to Safer Urban Mobility

Mobility, Safety, and Mapping

According to a recent Thomson Reuters Foundation study of the world’s 16 largest metropolitan areas, harassment on public transport is a growing problem for cities worldwide. Nearly 60 percent of the 6,555 women surveyed admitted to having been physically harassed.[read more]

What's Your Complete Neighborhood?

March 2, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly
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Making a Complete Neighborhood

This past Saturday night I was out with a few friends in my neighborhood, the St. Lawrence Market area. And I was very delighted to see just how busy the neighborhood was. Virtually every bar or club we walked by had a line down the street.[read more]