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New Public Art in Sea Point: A Rhino in the City

August 23, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Sea Point Public Art

Andre Carl recently conceptualized an installation, entitled Rhinosaur, that speaks to the fragility of the rhino population in Sub-sharan Africa. He took the time to speak to Future Cape Town about the evolution of his work and its powerful message.[read more]

The Value of Public Art: What's a Bean Worth?

August 22, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Chicago's Bean

Many of you, I’m sure, have seen this public sculpture before, either in person or somewhere online. It’s called Cloud Gate and it’s by Anish Kapoor — though its nickname has become, quite simply, the bean. It’s been a hugely successful piece of public art, so I asked what people thought the ROI of it might be.[read more]

Can Personal Rapid Transit Replace 90% of Cars on the Road?

August 22, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Personal Rapid Transit

Sustainable urban mobility can come from multiple sources. Personal rapid transit (PRT) combines public transport with personalized routing. Though their designs vary, PRT systems generally consist of four- to six-passenger pods that are autonomously controlled while traveling along guide-ways.[read more]

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A Building Made From Cannabis? Yes, Seriously - With Hempcrete

August 22, 2014 by David Thorpe

Sustainable housing built with hemp

Ever heard of building with cannabis? Hempcrete is a building material with many interesting properties for those interested in sustainability and construction or renovation. It combines a cannabis (hemp) shiv with a lime matrix to give it high elasticity and vapour permeability to help create a healthy building that actually locks up atmospheric carbon.[read more]

Quicksand for Baltimore Beach Volleyball at Rash Field

August 22, 2014 by Jeff La Noue

Baltimore Beach Volleyball

For 13 years, beach volleyball has become a success in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, drawing young adults for clean, athletic fun in a beautiful setting. But as the city moves ahead with plans to replace the volleyball courts with a parking garage and rooftop lawn, typically unengaged millennials are fighting back.[read more]

Self-Service Scooters are the Next Form of Communal Transportation in Paris?

August 22, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid
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Scooters in Paris

The Parisian family of environmentally-friendly vehicles could very well be enlarged! After the famous Vélib’, self-service bikes, and Autolib’, public electric car sharing service, Scootlib’ is set to be the next to enlarge the ranks of alternatives for getting around the capital.[read more]

In Photos: Portside, Cape Town's New Tallest Skyscraper

August 22, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Cape Town's New Tower

Check out these photos of Cape Town’s newest skyscraper completed in March 2014: Portside. With 32 floors standing 139 meters tall, it is the city’s largest tower. The objective of joint constructors DHK and Louis Karol Architects was to create an environmentally friendly building.[read more]

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Map Reveals 39 Cities That Could Heat Themselves Using Rivers or Sea

August 21, 2014 by David Thorpe

London could heat itself from the Thames.

London could heat itself using the River Thames, and Bristol could be warmed by the River Avon in the future, if the potential identified by a new heat map of England is unleashed. It identifies 39 English cities that could take advantage of heat pumps and nearby bodies of water to deliver low carbon heat via district networks.[read more]

What Does Public and Private Sector Investment in Transport Look Like?

August 21, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Investment in Transit

Congestion, high levels of air pollution, and traffic crashes are consequences of a culture of investment that has focused for decades on the automobile. These externalities can cost up to 10 percent of a country’s GDP, and the world’s vehicle fleet is projected to double by 2050.[read more]

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Miami's 21st Century Economy is Taking Shape at Florida International University

August 21, 2014 by Peter Smith

Miami and the 21st Century Economy

News of Miami's economy tends to be dominated by the city's volatile - and often controversial - real estate market. Gleaming condos towering over Biscayne Bay and multi-million-dollar cash deals between off-shore LLCs give it an extravagance that is hard to ignore.[read more]

Concluding Remarks About Housing Affordability and Supply Restricitions

August 21, 2014 by Jim Russell
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Housing Affordability and Supply

Among economists, there is a debate about how to address the problem of housing affordability. When the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland casts doubt on the efficacy of increasing supply to address rent inflation, I wonder about the research paper history that lends itself to such conclusions.[read more]

The Power of Public Spaces

August 21, 2014 by Tazmine Loomans

Public Space Power

Recently I’ve been awed by the power of public spaces. Summer in Portland draws everyone out into the public realm. So far this summer I’ve been to two festivals at Pioneer Square, a street festival, a movie at the park, Shakespeare at the park, several picnics and have enjoyed time by myself at different parks.[read more]

Evaluating 10 Years of Redevelopment: Urban Renewal in Clichy-sous-Bois, France

August 21, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Urban Renewal in France

Rows of low-rise buildings and litter have disappeared from the field of view of residents living in the neighborhoods of Clichy-sous-Bois and Montfermeil. At the end of an ambitious urban renewal project begun ten years ago, this neighborhood just outside of Paris is barely recognizable.[read more]

Bogotá Builds on its Bike Hire Scheme

August 21, 2014 by This Big City

Bogota Bike Hiring

One month ago, Bogotá launched the second corridor of its new city cycle hire scheme in the northern Parque El Virrey district. Known as Pedalea por Bogotá, the scheme is run by the city’s Institute for Recreation and Sports (IDRD) and began operations in May 2013.[read more]

Timeless or Time-Bound in the City?

August 20, 2014 by Chuck Wolfe

The Timeless City

Take away context clues, and cities become more interesting matrices—with blank cells to complete—where each of us personalizes how space meets time. A uniform filter applied to multiple urban scenes can easily warp time and location, and obscure—yet somehow enhance—the reality of place.[read more]

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Is the Economist's Cities Liveability Index Biased?

August 20, 2014 by David Thorpe
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Would you live here?

The Economist magazine has produced another edition of its annual liveability index for cities. Once again, Melbourne tops the list, with the remaining cities in the top 10 coming from predominantly white countries. Does this mean that the list is biased? How seriously should we take it?[read more]

Contactless Services Make City Life Easier in Nice, France

August 20, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Nice and Urban Services

Four years after first being set up in Nice, France, contactless payment establishes itself as a part of everyday French life. Transportation, tourism, commerce, parking…the number of ways this technology can be used to simplify people’s lives continue to multiply.[read more]