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Creating Active Cities and Healthy Citizens through Innovative Urban Design

Active Cities and Healthy Citizens

Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, killing as many as 17 million people each year. Sedentary, inactive lifestyles are a major contributor to this rise in cardiovascular disease. Lack of physical activity mark the lives of an increasingly large number of people around the world.[read more]

Are the Suburbs Really Cheaper?

April 25, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Suburbs and Cost of Living

Smart Growth America released a report this month called Measuring Sprawl 2014. The report looks at 221 metro areas in the US and develops a “sprawl index ranking.” The higher the number, the more compact the metro area. Not surprisingly, New York tops the list.[read more]

Active Placemaking and a Marshmallow Fluff Festival in Somerville, MA

April 25, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Fluff Festival

Placemaking also involves the planning, design, and programming of public spaces, and facilitates patterns of activities that define a place and gives it its unique identity. Placemaking is done on many scales, from everyday interactions of neighbors, to events like the Fluff Festival.[read more]

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Swarms of Sustainable Apps Will Turn Cities into 'Smart Hives'

April 24, 2014 by Warren Karlenzig

Apps Help People Collaborate

We humans are increasingly using rich digital maps and pricing information for sharing rental rooms, office space, cars, bikes, food, and energy use, using apps to collaborate like bees in a hive. Our pollen dance will be our testimonials, usage patterns, geo-location, and referrals.[read more]

What Frank Lloyd Wright Houses Teach about Views, Siting, and Designing from the Inside Out

April 24, 2014 by Tazmine Loomans

Frank Lloyd Wright and Housing

“Frank Lloyd Wright went to great lengths to make sure his houses never faced north,” said Robert McCarter, a Ruth and Norman Moore Professor of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, at his lecture for the Gordon House Conservancy called The Evolution of the American House.[read more]

Ten Years After the Athens Olympics: A Review

April 24, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Athens Olympics Infrastructure

Long story short, Athens 2004 Olympic venues are for sale. In March 2014, Hellenic Republic Assets Development Fund (ADF) acquired several new properties; among those the Olympic Equestrian Centre, the Olympic Rowing Centre and the Galatsi Indoor Hall.[read more]

Challenges in Managing the Motorized Two-Wheeler Wector in India

Two-Wheelers in India

With increasing income levels and rapid urbanization, India’s motorized two-wheeler fleet – which includes mopeds, scooters, and motorcycles – continues to expand. Two-wheelers are particularly popular because of their low costs, fuel economy, and ease of parking in congested conditions.[read more]

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How Urban Landscape Technology Is Changing The Oil Industry For The Better

April 24, 2014 by Corey Foster

Tech and the Oil Industry

The Scandinavian countries have taken the lead with respect to making the world oil-free. In 2005, the Swedish government announced a plan to completely end their country's dependence on oil by 2020. Similarly, Denmark has spelled out its plans to make the country oil-free by 2050.[read more]

Natural Resources Drive Employment Growth in Canadian Cities

April 23, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly
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Resources and Urban Jobs in Canada

I was reading Wendy Waters’ All About Cities blog this morning and I came across two interesting charts showing employment growth across Canadian cities. The first chart shows total employment growth over the last year and the second chart shows employment growth over the past 10 years.[read more]

Green Buildings: 300 Lafeyette Street

April 23, 2014 by Tyler Caine

Green Building on Lafeyette

Current efforts in sustainability can be divided into one of two groups. The first group is trying to add efficiency and/or decrease the negative impact of the way that we do things now. The second group is changing a paradigm, archetype or cultural norm in order to operate in a more sustainable way.[read more]

Art for Public Spaces: Why Do Cities Need Public Art? [VIDEO]

April 23, 2014 by Gerdo Aquino

Public Spaces, Public Art

A recent study by Americans for the Arts reported that each year the government provides four billion dollars to nonprofit arts organizations. In return, the arts industry generates nearly 30 billion dollars in revenue. Undoubtedly, cities are recognizing that public art is a driving force in the economy.[read more]

How Can Cities Improve Their Resilience?

April 23, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Cities and Resilience

“Urban resilience can be defined as the capacity of the system of cities to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what acute shocks occur,” said Judith Rodin, president of The Rockefeller Foundation at the World Urban Forum in Medellin, Colombia.[read more]

The Bike-Share Report: Connectivity and Bike Lanes Key to Successful Bike-Sharing

Bike Sharing and Best Practices

How important are bike lanes to successful bike-sharing programs? Judging by some bike-share maps, it might be not at all. Surprisingly, very few online maps that show the distribution of bike-share docking stations include bike lane networks.[read more]

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What is the Best Way to Measure the Sustainability of Cities?

April 23, 2014 by David Thorpe
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Change the criteria, change the outcome

Yesterday I covered a new Cities in Motion index that claims to identify the most sustainable cities in the world and puts Tokyo and London at the top. Today I compare it with an Economist survey that gives different results. Which approach do you feel gives a more accurate picture?[read more]

How Smog is Destroying Denver's Rocky Mountain Views

April 23, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Denver and Air Pollution

Colorado is known across the world for its incredible opportunities to hike, climb, bike, fish, ski, snowboard, you name it. Denver lies just an hour east of the beautiful Rocky Mountains, but it is also known for its sometimes poor air quality. Smog is one of the great dichotomies of living in the Denver region.[read more]

In Photos: Walking in Bangalore Reveals the Plight of Pedestrians

Walkability in Bangalore

Bangalore has rapidly become a megacity. At nearly 10 million people, the city has already doubled the size of its population in just 20 years. This explosive urban growth has been coupled with increased motorization, with now more than 50% of households owning a motor vehicle.[read more]

Can South Africa's Smart Cities Please Stand Up?

April 22, 2014 by Future Cape Town

South African Smart Cities

Cities are the crucible of our urban experience and for the first time in human history, more people live in cities than in rural areas. We are now truly living in an urban century where our cities and urban centers are expanding at an unprecedented rate.[read more]

Explaining Gentrification

April 22, 2014 by Jim Russell

Like the term “brain drain,” the definition of “gentrification” depends on whom you ask. When I discuss gentrification, I’m thinking about neighborhood improvements that displace (force out) current residents. If residents are not displaced, then we aren’t talking about gentrification.[read more]