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Toronto Seeks Injunction to Stop Uber

November 27, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Uber Injunction in Toronto

One evening this past spring I was leaving a Rotman School event at Liberty Grand on the west side of Toronto. There aren’t a lot of taxis coming through this part of the city, so I figured I was going to have to wait while I hailed one from my phone. But as luck would have it, one happened to be pulling up.[read more]

Transforming a Neglected Square: Bringing Arts and Culture Outside at the Perth Cultural Center

November 27, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces

Neglected Public Spaces

Before its revival, the Perth Cultural Center (PCC) was a model of the brutalist architecture that defines many academic buildings of the 1960s and 1970s. With no public activity in its surrounding area, the space was grey and uninviting—a collection of massive, stark structures made of exposed concrete and brick.[read more]

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An Area the Size of the European Union is Used for Urban Agriculture

November 26, 2014 by David Thorpe

... but more is needed to feed the world.

A new study has found that an area greater than the size of the European Union is being used already around and within cities worldwide to grow food. Nevertheless with one third of the area of cities needing to be set aside for growing food more needs to be done to protect and encourage this.[read more]

Could Sliding Scale Home Purchases Work?

November 26, 2014 by Kristen Jeffers

Home Pricing Methods

There is a host of calculators out there for people to use to calculate how much home they can afford. Put in the affordable amount and you can discover exactly what level of house you can afford. What if that magic number was the only number you needed to get a house or an apartment?[read more]

Breath of Fresh Air?

November 26, 2014 by Glenn Vowles

Air Quality in Cities

Air is polluted when substances, energy or effects with the potential to harm are released into what you breathe. Air pollutants cause you harm such as loss of health, comfort, stability and amenity - and may poison you due to their toxicity. They can harm species growth and damage food chains/webs in ecosystems.[read more]

Bicycles As Transit in America

November 26, 2014 by Christopher Berggren

Bikes as American Transport

It would be fair to say that most Americans view the bicycle as a tool of either a recreational user or a hardcore sportsman willing to spend thousands on a bike and accessories. Sometimes, we see examples of the citizen riding an old bike on the side of a dangerous road, or children riding on quiet, country streets.[read more]

Architecture Is for Everyone

November 26, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Architecture for All

At the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD), Interboro Partners, an interdisciplinary and relatively young firm of three GSD alums Tobias Armborst, Daniel D’Oca, and Georgeen Theodore, said “architecture is for everyone.”[read more]

Farmers Unable to Water Crops in Salazie, Reunion Island Due to Water Rates

November 26, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Water Pricing and Community

In Salazie, Reunion Island, farmers were moved to action. They denounced the lack of water in the commune as well as the tariffs for the water that currently exists. In this period of drought, they criticize both the lack of discussion regarding water extraction and newly-announced water restrictions.[read more]

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Re-Working Our Future Cities: Is Biodesign the Answer?

November 26, 2014 by Sophie Curtis

Green Design and Future Cities

Alberto T. Estévez is director of the Genetic Barcelona Project. At RE.WORK Future Cities Summit, Alberto will explore cities that learn and take ideas from the advantages of nature. Science, biology and genetics lend to creating new technologies that give us the possibility to re-think and re-work our cities.[read more]

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Bristol Takes Steps Towards Becoming the UK's Second One Planet City

November 25, 2014 by David Thorpe
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One planet living has ten principles.

Next year Bristol is to be Europe's Green Capital City (this year it is Copenhagen). A partnership of 600+ local organisations is considering using the energy generated by this to launch a proposal that Bristol adopts the target of becoming a One Planet City.[read more]

Towards Canine Equity in the City

November 25, 2014 by Chuck Wolfe

Pets in Urban Places

One of the most immediate cultural distinctions a traveler notices in France is omnipresent, well-behaved dogs, often quite unlike their detached American cousins. In a matter of weeks, I have assembled a mental diary of locational examples that illuminated the integrated role of multi-modal canine life.[read more]

Brain Drain Is Economic Development

November 25, 2014 by Jim Russell

Brain Drain

If one shifts focus from places to people, migration is economic development. Moving to a big city increases the chances of finding a job. Moving to a big city increases the wage earned at the job. For the migrant, income goes up. What about the place left behind?[read more]

Four Green Initiatives Employees Are Sure to Embrace

November 25, 2014 by Derek Wong

Green Initiatives

Who wouldn’t want to work in an engaging office environment? An engaged workforce makes a happier workplace and promotes a culture of collaboration and creativity, as numerous studies show. And corporate green initiatives are some of the best ways to engage employees.[read more]

Robert Bullard: "Equity Can’t Be Left Out"

November 25, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Urban Sustainability

True sustainability is a three-legged stool, said Dr. Robert Bullard, one of the fathers of environmental justice movement, at the ASLA 2014 Annual Meeting in Denver. It rests on environmental sustainability, economic sustainability, and equity. However, equity, Bullard believes, is still too often left out.[read more]

Will the Elderly Run to the Suburbs? In Montreal, it Seems to be the Case

November 25, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Elderly Flight to the Suburbs in Montreal

If we were to believe a study published by a Concordia University researcher, it would be necessary to redouble efforts in order to attract silver heads and other “boomers,” who are set to expand the cohort of seniors over the course of the coming decades like never before, to urban centers.[read more]

Enhancing Livability in Turkey and in Cities Worldwide

November 25, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Livability in Turkey

Over the past half-century, the world has urbanized at an unprecedented pace. In 1970, about 37% of the world’s population lived in cities. This rose to 45% in 1990, 54% in 2014, and should reach 66% by 2050. Much of this urban growth is occurring in less wealthy cities, and has created distinct challenges.[read more]

From Srirangapatna, A Data Lesson For India’s Cities

November 24, 2014 by IFMR Financing Small Cities

Many questions confront city officials all over the world every day. Their solution depends on having up-to-date data on infrastructure and service delivery. One of the biggest challenges with decision-making in Indian cities is the lack of data. Can making Indian cities 'smarter' be the answer? Srirangapatna provides a case study.[read more]

Streets for People, Freeways, and a Spectacular Solution

November 24, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

Streets for People

Victor Dover and John Massengale's epic book, titled 'Street Design,' is perhaps our most thorough and thoughtful explication of where we have gone wrong in the past with our most important urban public spaces - our city streets - and how to do better.[read more]