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Greening Bus Fleets Requires a Range of Strategies

Green Bus Strategy

In 2012 alone, Latin America saw 131,000 preventable air pollution-related deaths. To reduce emissions and improve air quality, it’s essential that public transit fleets—like buses—become more fuel-efficient by adopting cleaner fuels, like natural gas or low-sulfur diesel.[read more]

Smoking Bans in Parks: Public Health in Public Places

April 17, 2015 by Bradley Calvert

The City of Seattle is currently floating the idea of banning smoking in public parks. This isn’t an unprecedented move, but it is an important one in advancing public health and making our public spaces a little more clean and pleasant. But some believe that this is policing the poor and targeting the homeless.[read more]

Cape Town: The City is Our Playground

April 17, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Urban Play in Cape Town

We’ve all hankered after a simpler, less stressful world. A world in which our every decision doesn’t feel like the end of the world, and where it is easier to acknowledge similarity than disparity. This yearning often takes me back to childhood.[read more]

What Rio de Janeiro Looks like Through an 80 Megapixel Camera

April 17, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Rio in Deep Detail

Here’s a stunning time-lapse video of Rio de Janeiro that was shot with an 80 megapixel camera. It was done by LA-based photographer Joe Capra. As far as videos and photos go, it’s probably as close as you’re going to get to actually being there.[read more]

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Webinar Round-up: What Makes a Smart City?

April 16, 2015 by David Thorpe

What makes a smart city? And is it truly sustainable?

A roundup of our recent webinar on Smart Cities, a successful discussion of many of the controversial aspects of smart cities. It looked at questions such as: what is a smart city? What about mobility? Should we believe the hype? Are smart cities sustainable cities? How can we be properly inclusive?[read more]

Let's Give a Damn about Gender Equity in Architecture

April 16, 2015 by Taz Loomans

Women in Architecture

Two weeks ago I was at an event where I was completely inspired and utterly disappointed at the same time. Design Museum Portland screened 'Making Space: 5 Women Changing the Face of Architecture' at the Hollywood Theater and by the end of it I felt like I could change the world.[read more]

Bringing Attention to the World's Endangered Markets

April 16, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Markets and Preservation

Public markets can be the social and economic heart of a city. While there continues to be tremendous energy and momentum around global market advocacy there are still many public markets throughout the world that are threatened by a variety of factors.[read more]

Four Lessons from Beijing and Shanghai Show how China's Cities can Curb Car Congestion

China Congestion Management

As China’s GDP has grown, so has the number of cars on its roads. From 2008 to 2010, the country’s vehicle ownership almost doubled. This growth in car ownership not only means that the auto industry will continue booming, it also means more air pollution, energy consumption and traffic crashes.[read more]

10 Ways that Cities can Take Advantage of the Urban Manufacturing Revival

April 16, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Urban Manufacturing Revival

My good friends over at Distl here in Toronto have recently published their first Insight Report. It’s called Make This City: The State of Urban Manufacturing.' The report is 39 pages and is really well put together. There’s case studies spanning San Francisco to Toronto, and some great takeaways for city builders.[read more]

The Blossoming Murals Circuit of Sherbrooke, Quebec's East District

April 16, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Public Art in Quebec

The gigantic murals that have characterized Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada’s city center since 2002 are now taking over the city’s eastern side. Between now and the end of April 2015, ten works will be mounted on buildings on Rue King Est, between Bowen and 18th Avenue, in order to create the East Murals circuit.[read more]

Using Drones to Maintain Urban Woods and Greenery

April 15, 2015 by Leda Marritz

Drones and urban greenery

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are all over the news. As they get lighter and more affordable, the applications for their use widen. Brian Ritter, an ISA Certified Arborist, Registered Forester, and current PhD candidate in Forest Resources at Clemson University, talks here about their applications in urban forest inventories.[read more]

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Are Communities Born or Can They Be Designed?

April 15, 2015 by Tyler Caine

The Origins of Community Development

There's a school of thought that believes the deft hands of designers and planners can toggle the many spatial levers they have at their disposal to create a sense of community in a public or private space. But how much power do they really have?[read more]

The Daily Life of Informal Settlements in a Series of Striking New Videos

Informal Settlement Life

As a filmmaker, writer, and editor, Cassim Shepard is particularly attentive to the many complex ways that the rise of rapid global urbanization is affecting people at a very fundamental level, including what they see, feel, and do in their daily lives in the city.[read more]

13 Tips For Saving Water the Californian Way

April 15, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Water Conservation in California

California is a big state. To understand water saving techniques for the average person, we need to understand California’s unique climates and ecosystems. In broad terms, we have South Coast, South Inland, North Coast, Central Coast, Central Valley, mountains and desert climates.[read more]

Young Smart People Like Dense, Walkable Communities so Top Companies Are Moving There

April 15, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Toronto Business Space

Companies know that their greatest asset is human capital. And they have recently realized that a lot of young smart people want to live and work in dense walkable communities in cities, so they are moving to where their most talented employees are likely to be.[read more]