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How a Genius Placemaking Experiment Rescued the Failing City of Zaragoza

May 29, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

The city as a laboratory for citizen-led innovation.

The inspiring story of how a group of architects, citizens, community organizations, and city agencies turned round a city where unemployment was at an all-time high, property values had plummeted, and there was deep social unrest using citizen-led placemaking, in five years.[read more]

VIDEO: Kevin Krizek on Bicycling in the Netherlands

May 29, 2015 by David Levinson

Kevin Krizek

A video about bicycling in the Netherlands, in the form of an interview with Kevin Krizek, one of the two authors of the book Planning for Place and Plexus: Metropolitan Land Use and Transport.[read more]

Biodiversity Loss Continues in the European Union. What Can Be Done?

May 29, 2015 by Ceri Margerison

EU27 biogeographic and marine regions are losing species

The results of the latest round of reporting under the European Birds and Habitats Directives, published last week as State of Nature in the EU, say that if current trends continue, we will fail to meet the target of “halting the loss of biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystem services in the EU by 2020”.[read more]

Green Buildings in Retail—Ready For a Boom in Serbia

Green Buildings for Everyone Within This Generation

While Serbia may only have nine total LEED-certified buildings, the interest in LEED in the construction sector is highly promising. One prime example is the stunning LEED-certified Ušće Shopping Mall. Every day, 30,000 people pass through this mall, considered by locals as a place not just for shopping, but for socializing and taking appointments.[read more]

How Green Building Professionals Can Get Help To Make Healthier Buildings

Buildings can affect your health

Where we live, work, learn, and play affects our health and well-being. Green building professionals are in a unique position to ensure that their projects minimize health risks. USGBC has formed a partnership with the Health Impact Project to streamline the consideration of health in the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria and LEED certification programs.[read more]

How Public Spaces Make Cities More People-Oriented

People St., Los Angeles

Picnickers in Mexico City reclaim a freeway median as public space. Photo by Ben Welle/Flickr.Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on the expertise of researchers and specialists in WRI’s sustainable urban...[read more]

The Power of Pattern Languages: a Q&A with Dave Pollard

May 28, 2015 by Neal Gorenflo

Pattern categories 

A conversation between Dave Pollard, one of the core members of the nonprofit collective that produced the Group Works deck, and sharing and political activist Paxus Calta. They discuss what these pattern languages are, why they’re important, and how they’re being used.[read more]

Top 10 Most Likely Architectural Advancements in Next 50 Years

May 28, 2015 by David Thorpe

Floating cities to combat rising sea levels

A list of the top 10 Most Likely Architectural Advancements of the next 50 years has been offered by a panel of experts. The expansion of cities will continue, with humans both burrowing deep down to carve out more living space and launching floating cities to adapt to rising sea levels due to climate change.[read more]

Placemaking Ideas that are Ripe for Scaling Up

May 28, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Robson Square in Vancouver

To showcase this diversity of talent in the Placemaking movement, the Placemaking Leadership Council’s annual “Placemaking Roundup" this year saw members give brief presentations describing their recent projects and initiatives. The theme was “Ideas Ripe for Scaling Up”. Watch the videos here.[read more]

Eco-Neighborhood Establishes itself Near Regional Nature Park

Lurais has won planning approval.

The Grand-Claud eco-neighborhood in Lurais, France is set to be a national example. Lurais is now in possession of the property for its new eco-neighborhood, which will shine in the areas of water treatment, environmental health, communal spaces, energy-saving techniques, and waste management.[read more]

9 Examples of What Happens When Authorities Make The Data They Own Publicly Accessible

May 28, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Africa is getting smarter

What ripple effects occur when authorities make the data they own publicly accessible? Since Cape Town launched its open data policy, we found these 9+ examples of open data used effectively.[read more]

Best Cities for Minorities, Gauging the Economics of Opportunity

May 27, 2015 by Christopher Sellers
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Harlem, NYC.

THis is the overview from a new report, Best Cities for Minorities, Gauging the Economics of Opportunity by Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox for the Center for Opportunity Urbanism. Read the full report here (pdf viewer).This study provides an initial analysis of African-American, Latino and Asian economic and social conditions in 52...[read more]

Finding Community in Chaos: Inspiring Stories of Post-Disaster Social Resilience

May 27, 2015 by This Big City

Iron Market, Haiti after the quake

After the Nepal earthquakes, and all natural disasters, a strong sense of community contributes to the process of rebuilding what was lost and rejuvenating broken places. Ecological and social memories emerge and cooperation and collaboration become pillars in collectively help the means for people to recreate the places they love and build a sense of community amidst crisis.[read more]

Why Covered and Street Markets are Crucial to City Center Vitality

May 27, 2015 by Julian Dobson

Bury's Street Market

What is at stake is not just markets but the character and vitality of our town and city centres. Planners have swallowed the myth of ‘retail-led regeneration’, imagining that shiny new shopping centres will revive their towns. In the process the traditional markets are often left behind, physically distanced from new developments and reduced to a curiosity.[read more]

Ten Ways to Improve Bus Transit Use and Experience

May 27, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

Washington DC's new bus

Last year, buses were used nationwide in the USA for more than 5.35 billion bus trips, ie half of all transit users and thus outdoes all other transit modes combined. But still, bus trips are largely not ideal. So what can be done to rectify this? Here are ten suggestions.[read more]