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Architects, Doctors and the Importance of Urban and Building Design in Public Health

July 28, 2014 by David Thorpe

The American Institute of Architects wants doctors to wake up to the importance of building design on health. 

Architects and the public are waking up to the way building design, urban neighbourhood design and placemaking impact upon health and well-being, but doctors are lagging behind in making the connection, according to research sponsored by the American Institute of Architects.[read more]

Re-Imagining Accra’s "Public Spaces"

July 28, 2014 by Victoria Okoye

Accra Public Spaces

Talented architects, designers and public space practitioners, green space enthusiasts, and everyday citizens dream of a greener Accra, one in which city parks, specifically, can become the norm. Like any growing, changing and developing city, Accra is evolving.[read more]

Beach Pollution a Major Threat to Fisheries, Economy, and Tourism in Fortaleza, Brazil

July 28, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Beach Pollution in Brazil

The mission: picking up trash on a stretch of the Praia do Futuro (Beach of the Future in Fortaleza, Brazil). Sponsored by the Cleaning the World Organization, volunteers gathered together with gloves to protect their hands, clipboards to record their progress, and bags to be filled.[read more]

Bridging the Divide Between Vendors and Local Governments for more Inclusive Cities

Local Government and Vendor Relationships

Many cities worldwide are facing a series of challenges around informal economic activity. As they begin to modernize and transform public spaces, street vendors are often left behind or swept away. These efforts endanger not only the people who depend on the informal sector, but the city's economy.[read more]

Confusing Population Change With Migration

July 28, 2014 by Jim Russell

Populations and Migrations

Population increases, your town is a magnet. Population decreases, “brain drain” is the claim. I could provide daily fresh content in a blog about journalists, policy analysts, and academics confusing population change with net migration. Today’s demerit goes to Texas Monthly.[read more]

Helsinki Aims to Be Car-Free by 2025

July 28, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA
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Car-Free Helsinki

There is a very ambitious plan in Helsinki, Finland, to create a revolutionary “mobility on demand” system by 2025. The system would enable all “shared and public transport” to be paid for with a single payment network available via smartphones.[read more]

Ecological Landscape Design for Urban Biodiversity, Ecological Education and Nature Restoration in Kyushu, Japan

July 28, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Japan and Urban Biodiversity

We have been designing school gardens, river banks, urban forests and city parks over the last 12 years. The aim of these projects is to create areas for children’s play, ecological education, and biodiversity preservation that can simultaneously form part of an ecological network in an urban area.[read more]

Irrational Choice Theory: The LeBron James Migration From Miami to Cleveland

July 27, 2014 by Jim Russell

LeBron James and Irrationality

 

Perhaps nothing is wrong with Miami. Perhaps when I write that a place is dying, I’m mocking the demographic ignorance that shovels dirt on shrinking cities located in the Rust Belt. Perhaps Bill Simmons should start shaving with Occam’s razor.[read more]

Adaptive Reuse of Former Breweries Brings Charm Back to Baltimore Neighborhoods

July 27, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Old Breweries in Baltimore

It’s hard to pass through Baltimore, Maryland without seeing a mural, billboard, or the giant winking head that symbolizes the once prominent brewing industry of the city’s history. Two of the largest breweries in the U.S. have remained beloved brands of the city even after closing their doors.[read more]

To Measure Summer Smog, Plant an Ozone Garden

July 27, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Ozone Gardens

Community Radio of Northern California asks: “What if you could look at the plants in your garden in order to learn if the air around you is clean or dirty?” Turns out the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, enables us to do just that with their new ozone garden.[read more]

Michigan Market Serves Neighborhood with Incubator Kitchen, Indoor Market, and Online Food Hub

Dynamic Michigan Market

Local food growers, consumers and entrepreneurs in the Lansing, Michigan area have had good cause to celebrate as of late. Allen Neighborhood Center, a community development agency that doubles as Mid-Michigan’s nonprofit food hub, opened the doors of a warehouse they’d spent months renovating.[read more]

A City's Shared Gardens

July 26, 2014 by Kate Gallery

Urban Gardens

I used to love walking through Fort Mason’s not-so-secret city garden when I lived in San Francisco. I’d see people awake in the early morning, hard at work tending to their tomatoes and peppers and roses. Their tiny plots were so precious to them.[read more]

How the 'Six Californias' Plan Threatens California's Transportation Future

July 26, 2014 by This Big City

Six Californias

Being the home state to Silicon Valley is a mixed blessing. No one can deny that there are advantages to concentrating the world’s best programmers and designers. But when the tech gurus think they can solve the problems of your state by treating it like a start-up, things start to get messy.[read more]

Montreal, Quebec Welcomes Its First Parklet

July 26, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Montreal and Parklets

The borough of Plateau-Mont-Royal in Montreal has launched an unusual public development project; a parklet that is being developed. A concept inspired by cities such as San Francisco and Vancouver, parklets, or 'placottoirs' in French, are sitting and rest areas resembling outdoor terraces.[read more]

Customers Protest New Women-Only Cars on São Paulo Metro System

Women-Only Metro Cars

Are you in favor of women-only metro cars in a metro system? Public opinion is divided on a law that passed the Legislative Assembly of São Paulo (Alesp) and requires the Paulista Metropolitan Trains Company (CPTM) to build cars exclusively for female passengers.[read more]

Cinema Shows the Power of Sustainable Transport

Film and Sustainable Transit

Movies have the power to shape our perceptions of love, of adventure, and of growing up. More subtly, movies also have the ability to shape our perceptions of small things, like how we interpret different cities, clothing brands, and even transport – who uses transport, how they use it, and why.[read more]