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Building for BRT: A Q&A with 2014 Lee Schipper Scholar Erik Vergel-Tovar

August 30, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Building Bus Rapid Transit

Erik Vergel-Tovar, no stranger to TheCityFix, is a PhD candidate in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he researches the rich relationship between bus rapid transit (BRT) and the built environment.[read more]

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Call for Imaginative Design to Build Green Infrastructure in Our Cities

August 29, 2014 by David Thorpe

Arup's vision of a fully greened city.

Cities Alive: Rethinking Green Infrastructure from the Landscape Institute and Arup shows how the incorporation of green infrastructure with imaginative design can help to create healthier, safer and more prosperous cities. It calls for green infrastructure to have a much more influential role in the planning and design of cities and urban environments.[read more]

Bees as Bellwether: Studying Colony Loss In the United States

Bee Loss and Environmental Risk

If you keep bees, have an interest in bees or have ever heard the often muttered phrase ‘Colony Collapse Disorder’ or CCD, you may have heard of Jonathan vanEngelsdorp, research scientist for the University of Maryland and former State Apiarist for Pennsylvania.[read more]

Friday Fun: Cycling Innovations Make Bikeable Cities Worldwide

August 29, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Biking Innovation

Instead of sitting in gridlock on a busy road at 8:30 am, imagine cycling safely in dedicated lanes for a quick, pleasant commute. Many cities around the world are making investments that will give residents a faster, safer cycling experience through innovative infrastructure and urban design.[read more]

Streetcars are Just a Tool

August 29, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Streetcars and Cities

Earlier this month the Toronto Star published an article talking about the resurgence of streetcars in American cities. According to the Star, 89 cities in the US are currently implementing or at least considering building some form of surface-rail system.[read more]

Why Has our Society Become so Isolated and Distrusting?

August 29, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Society and Trust

I talk to strangers. I know, it’s dangerous. But this is not about to read like a lesson in “How to Chat Up Strangers and Get Yourself Kidnapped”. This is an exploration of how some of the rules we’ve constructed to help us live safely might actually might be blinding us to fuller, richer, more colorful lives.[read more]

We Have LRT, Now What? Ottawa's Next Transit Challenge

August 29, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Ottawa's Transit Future

In 2018, Ottawa’s new light rail transit (LRT), the thirteen station Confederation Line, will go into service. Arriving in Ottawa, I was impressed to see the Canadian city making progress on transit, instead of getting mired in debates about what kind to build and wavering between proposals.[read more]

Ranking America's Top Young Labor Forces: A Rust Belt Rising?

August 29, 2014 by Christopher Sellers

Cities with educated young people.

Perhaps Cleveland is the next Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh the next Boston. Clarifying this entails analyzing how human capital development and economic restructuring takes place. Simply, is Cleveland’s talent profile today similar to Pittsburgh’s a decade ago, and to Boston’s twenty years prior?[read more]

Rochester, Minnesota Aquaponic Startup Takes Farm-to-Fork to a Whole New Level

Minnesota Aquaponics

Many restaurants boast a farm-to-fork experience, but how many diners are able to eat food harvested right before it arrives on their table? Fresh with Edge, which is headquartered in Rochester, Minnesota, makes such a thing possible.[read more]

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China Has Almost Half the World's Bike-Share Bicycles

August 28, 2014 by David Thorpe

Bike share station, Hangzhou

Chinese cities for instituting bike-share schemes fast. The country now has almost half the total number of bikes in schemes throughout the world, and 18 out of the 20 top cities for such schemes are in China. The two non-Chinese cities are...[read more]

Twelve Contemporary Art Projects Exploring Sustainable Development

August 28, 2014 by This Big City

Sustainable Development and Art

There’s some sustainable creativity afoot a few kilometres outside of Milan. Running for the third year, Ecoismi is an outdoor art project that looks at the topics of environmental protection and sustainable preservation. Ecoismi has brought together artists from across Europe.[read more]

Book Report: Happy City

August 28, 2014 by Christopher Berggren

Quality of Life in Urban Spaces

In 'Happy City, Transforming Our Lives through Urban Design' by Charles Montgomery, the author presents a refreshing perspective of cities as urban laboratories, where social equitability can be achieved through relatively low-cost redesigning.[read more]

Durban Uses Architecture for Pedestrian-Friendly Spaces [VIDEO]

August 28, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Durban and Design for Pedestrians

How can we make cities more livable, and integrate people better back into their urban landscapes? One such way is through developing innovative uses of architecture. Creative design also has the potential to address other problems that plague urban areas.[read more]

Urban Design: A New Vision of Yonge Street

August 28, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Yonge Street Design

 

Back in April I wrote about a competition for young people to reimagine public space in Toronto. It was called NXT City. Well that prize has been awarded and the winner was Richard Valenzona for his vision—called Yonge-Redux—of a new and reimagined Yonge Street.[read more]

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How Sustainable Transport Lost 100 Years

August 27, 2014 by David Thorpe

The Columbia electric bus in 1900.

130–100 years ago the world looked like it was on a path to electric-powered transportation, with bicycles, inter-city electric trains and electric buses and cabs. Instead, gasoline and the internal combustion engine became widespread and sustainable transport lost a century of progress. Urban planning might have been very different.[read more]

The Ranch Mine Does Infill the Right Way in a Historic Phoenix Neighborhood with the LINK House

August 27, 2014 by Tazmine Loomans

Infill Innovation

“We need to look at infill as a piece of an existing puzzle rather than trying to create your own identity within an existing neighborhood and disregarding what’s around you. A good infill project is one that takes in what’s existing and also adds to it.”[read more]