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San Francisco Adaptive Reuse: From Church to Tech Office

March 27, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

San Francisco Building Redevelopment

When it comes to finding available, unique spaces in San Francisco, tech companies like Twitter, AirBnB, and countless others take on a hermit crab approach. Limited space, dense urban conditions, and nightmarish building regulations make it nearly impossible to build from the ground up.[read more]

A Sustainable Food One-Stop Shop: New Orleans Business Combines Urban Farm, Grocery Store

Food Innovation in New Orleans

For many area residents in New Orleans’ 17th Ward, Hollygrove Market & Farm is their only source of affordable, local fresh food. HM&F goes out of its way to provide healthy food choices by letting customers choose from purchasing single items or CSA-style food boxes.[read more]

Three Ways São Paulo Companies Helped Curb Traffic Congestion

Sao Paulo Traffic Solutions

São Paulo’s population is growing—and so is its traffic congestion. Residents of South America’s largest city take more than 43 million trips daily, nearly 30 million of which are in vehicles, mainly private cars. São Paulo‘s average commute time by car is around 1.5 hours.[read more]

Night Time Informal Street Trade in Bangkok Creates Jobs, Unlike in Cape Town

March 26, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Informal economies create jobs and should be encouraged.

In Bangkok informal economic activity on the streets is well accepted and facilitated, leading to a dynamic night-time informal trade culture. Informal trade is pronounced in the city centre in areas such as Siam Square. This is in great contrast to the situation in Cape Town.[read more]

Le Phare Skyscraper "Not Suitable" for Quebec City, Canada's Northern Climate

March 26, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Canada and Skyscrapers

In its proposed form, Quebec City's Le Phare project is “not at all well-suited to the northern climate” due to its “very limited” solar exposure and its height, which will provoke violent winds and make the square below “very uncomfortable year-round", according to André Potvin, professor at the Laval University’s School of Architecture.[read more]

Village in the City: A View from Kuala Lumpur

March 26, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Change in Kuala Lumpur

Kampung Baru’s vernacular architecture and human scale has remained a village within a city, with low-rise wooden detached houses, kitchens and cafes spilling into the streets, and rich social life. Ethnic Malay families from several villages were relocated here and given land rights to maintain a ‘village life.’[read more]

Wet Matter: New Ways of Understanding Our Oceans

March 26, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Oceans and Understanding

Wet Matter, Harvard Design Magazine’s latest issue, asks us to reconsider our oceans, which cover the vast majority of our planet. Edited by Pierre Bélanger, ASLA, the issue brings together a range of fields and an array of lenses to “unlearn our binary, dichotomous relationship with the ocean.”[read more]

Using Urban Observation to 'Ghost-Bust' Places

March 25, 2015 by Chuck Wolfe

Urban Observation

In Seattle, last week, I looked across the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Olive Way, towards the Westin Hotel, noting a Seattle urbanism trifecta—the Lake Union Streetcar, the skillet food truck and one building of Amazon’s new headquarters complex under construction. I saw a ghost of a missing building.[read more]

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Nine Lessons from the World Bicycle Forum in Medellín, Colombia

March 25, 2015 by Florian Lorenz

Fourth World Bicycle Forum "Cities for All" at www.fmb4.org

The World Bicycle Forum (#FMB4) in Medellín, Colombia was recently held. The FMB4 is the world’s largest discursive event on bicycling mobility and urban cycling cultures. Here are nine lessons from this amazing and transformative event.[read more]

Detroiters Agree: The Future of Downtown is Bright

March 25, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Detroit and the Future of Downtown

Beginning in 1999 with the revamping of the historic Eastern Market, through our work in Campus Martius Park, Cadillac Square, and the Detroit Riverfront, PPS has been honored to work with Detroit leaders and community members in the place-led regeneration of this spirited city.[read more]

Vancouver's Top Six Public Art Pieces

March 25, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Vancouver Public Art

Just like Vancouver’s ever-present mountains and ocean, it is easy to take something for granted once it is always there, but these public art installations always catch my attention and stir my emotions in some way. So here is some of Vancouver’s best public art.[read more]

Art Reclaims the Streets in Cape Town

March 25, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Cape Town and Public Art

Last Friday, walking in my beloved city, Cape Town was in her prime: blue skies above, and people all along St George’s Mall, ambling, sitting and chatting. There seemed to be more buskers than usual and just an energetic mood in the air, like maybe it was a holiday, despite it being the end of a long week.[read more]

Cities Without People

March 25, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

City Spaces and Populations

Some people believe that cities are all about bricks and mortar. While other people believe that they are first and foremost about people. These photographs show cities without people and are truly disturbing.[read more]

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New Project to Develop Training for Tomorrow's Leaders of Sustainable Cities

March 24, 2015 by David Thorpe

How to train tomorrow's sustainable city leaders?

A new three year educational program called ESSENCE is to create innovative international training materials for tomorrow's leaders of smart, sustainable cities using blended learning techniques. It involves five universities from different European cities and enrolment is open now.[read more]

How Arborists can Work with Developers to Preserve Green Infrastructure Under Pressure

March 24, 2015 by Leda Marritz

Green Urbanism Trends and Meaning

David Dockter, from the Planning and Community Environment and Public Works in Palo Alto, explains how to work with developers to overcome the urban pressures on the needs of – and for – trees. He describes how he helps them understand the benefits, and shows how he uses building permits and planning tools as levers.[read more]

Manipulate the Housing Market with this One Neat Trick

March 24, 2015 by David Edmondson

Regulations often result in unintended consequences. Money flows to find any crack in the system, after all, and often those cracks are in very odd places. Zoning and building codes are no different, and they can manipulate not just how people do business but how we built our cities.[read more]

Colorado May Pass Bill to Create Farm-to-School Food Supplies

Colorado kids could be getting much more local fresh food.

Colorado may pass a bill that would create state-wide farm-to-school supply chains to improve children's diets. House Bill 15-1088 seeks to build the capacity of farmers by helping them overcome economic hurdles and connect with school districts interested in serving fresh, local products to their students.[read more]

The U.S. Federal Government Just Got a Lot Greener

March 24, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

President Obama signing a new executive order on sustainability

President Obama signed a new executive order which will guide agencies toward sustainable operations. From planning for resiliency to natural disasters and climate change to implementing stringent stormwater management practices, it addresses aspects of landscape, architecture and community planning.[read more]