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Building 'Links in the Chain' of Food Innovation at California Baptist University

January 31, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Universities and Food Innovation

California Baptist University in Riverside, California is a vital part of Riverside’s local and sustainable food efforts through its Food Innovation Center. Part of the university’s Department of Health Sciences, the 4,000-square foot space provides extensive classroom, laboratory and kitchen space.[read more]

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UCLG, EU and Four Other Local Authority Networks Sign Historic Agreement on Sustainable Development

January 30, 2015 by David Thorpe

The agreement affects about half the world's local governments.

The United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and the European Commission, together with three other important networks in local government, have signed a historic agreement to work together on development issues in order to tackle global poverty and inequality, promote democracy and sustainable development.[read more]

What Exactly Do Architects Do?

January 30, 2015 by Taz Loomans

The Architectural Profession

Most people don’t really know what architects do on a day to day basis. Perhaps you have a vague notion that architects make napkin sketches sitting in sleek, low-lit bars playing jazz piano and a few months later fabulous buildings like the Guggenheim in Bilbao manifest from that sketch. This is not entirely true.[read more]

Implementing Streetcars: Lessons from Atlanta

January 30, 2015 by Canin Associates

Atlanta and Streetcars

The streetcar fits a unique niche in transport systems. It’s an extension of the walking environment thanks to its ability to be used for short trips, while still connecting different neighborhoods. But, as recent streetcar projects like the Downtown Loop in Atlanta have shown, their success requires patience.[read more]

An Example of Low-Rise Intensification: Union Street EcoHeritage

January 30, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Urban Intensification

In a recent post about the three stages of intensification, I mentioned a project in Vancouver called Union Street EcoHeritage by SHAPE Architecture. I used it as an example for sensitive low-rise intensification. Since it’s a very cool project, I thought I would dedicate today’s post to explaining the project.[read more]

What Do Developers Think About Managing for Biodiversity in Conservation Developments?

January 30, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Biodiversity, development and conservation - can they coexist?

Recently, a popular concept called conservation development (CD) has gained traction in many planning and design fields. CDs typically are developments where homes are clustered on small lots with the remaining areas conserved as open space, as opposed to traditional development.[read more]

The Need to Establish Universal Green Building Standards

January 29, 2015 by Ivan Bruce

Around the world,buildings consume an estimated one-third of global energy. As more people move to cities and the developing world continues to modernize, energy consumption is only expected to increase. Is it time for a universal Green Building Standard?[read more]

The Many Advantages of an Urban Cable Car like Medellín's Metrocable

January 29, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

You can't beat the cable car magic

How Medellín's Metrocable has reduced overall transportation costs and increased access to employment for the city’s most disadvantaged groups – and helped improve the built environment, enhanced public spaces, and strengthened the social fabric through community participation.[read more]

How Competitions Were Used to Speed Up Rebuilding After Hurricane Sandy

January 29, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Policy Goals and Seeking Innovation

 

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, “HUD didn’t want to move at the speed of government” in its effort to create more resilient coastal designs in New York and New Jersey, so it started a special competition to speed things up.[read more]

Building an Aquaponics Megafarm in Anaheim: A Q&A With Aaron Flora

January 29, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Anaheim Megafarm

Aaron Flora has worked on creating farms with Renewable Farms for years, but he just recently embarked on his biggest project to date, with the help of a Kickstarter campaign: a mega-aquaponics farm for the city of Anaheim, California that will double as a community training center.[read more]

Using a Phone App to Map Your Own Travel Impacts

January 29, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Measuring Urban Movement

 

A phone app can let anyone see precise travel details and determine exactly where transit and infrastructure investments should be made. They'd also be able to plan to minimize the carbon emissions associated with travel. And so would you. But – what are the implications for personal privacy and security?[read more]

Hints of Corruption Won't Stall Montreal's Ste. Catherine Street Makeover

January 29, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Corruption and Urban Renewal in Montreal

A much-needed planned revamp of Montreal's main commercial thoroughfare, Ste-Catherine Street, has had to be abandoned, and a $267,000 public consultation contract with a firm cancelled, amidst allegations of corruption by the city's inspector general.[read more]

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New Open Source Calculator Claims the World Can Live Well And Tackle Climate Change

January 28, 2015 by David Thorpe
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We can have our cake and eat it, apparently.

A new, seemingly authoritative and open source Global Calculator tool claims to have discovered that everybody in the world can have a reasonable standard of living that is compatible with living within planetary boundaries. But how is this possible? And how much would it cost?[read more]

New York City's Mean Streets Get Sweeter

January 28, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

NYC and Street Life

“New York City’s mean streets are getting a little sweeter,” said Janette Sadik-Khan, the NYC Transportation Commissioner for Mayor Mike Bloomberg. That sweetness takes the form of a “new ecosystem of pedestrian plazas and bike lanes.”[read more]

Call to Action: Help us Identify the World’s Most Endangered Markets

January 28, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Public Market Preservation

Public markets in many cities are under threat. The '10 Most Endangered Markets in the World' will be the first list ever to call international attention to markets at risk. The list will be released in late March at the upcoming 9th International Public Markets Conference in Barcelona.[read more]

3 Stages of Intensification

January 28, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Intensification in Toronto

We all know that the Greater Toronto Area is growing and intensifying at an incredible pace. Last year the region set a record with 25,571 new condominium units completed. If you listen to industry experts, they’ll tell you that this level of intensification is really a decade in the making.[read more]

Urban Design for Safer Roads: Insights from EMBARQ Turkey's RSLab

January 28, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Design and Road Safety

More than 1.2 million people worldwide are killed in road traffic crashes every year, and 20 to 50 million are injured. According to the World Health Organization, if urgent action is not taken, these figures will increase by 65% over the next 20 years, making crashes the fifth-leading cause of death by 2030.[read more]