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Architectural Fantasy and Social Reality: Two Types of Floating City

March 3, 2015 by This Big City

Architectural fantasy all at sea?

Many architects have come up with concepts of future utopian cities, some of which are related to smart, sustainable, and bio-tech innovation. However, it is not clear at the moment whether these cities can really address the challenges of tomorrow’s world, or if they are going to end up as unrealistic utopian ideas.[read more]

Cultural Connections: Building the Placemaking Movement in Brazil

March 3, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Brazil Placemaking

Jeniffer and Paola are out to change the world, one public space at a time. After years in the advertising and marketing sectors working for multinational corporations, Jeniffer and Paola both (separately) realized that they could do more for their communities and the public spaces within them.[read more]

New Hampshire-Based Nonprofit Helps Immigrants Find a Fresh Start in Farming

Immigrants and Farming

At Fresh Start Farms, immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs participate in the New American Sustainable Agriculture Project. The program, in operation since 2008, helps new arrivals to not only establish a food source for their family, but to begin a sustainable small business in their adopted community.[read more]

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Creating Community: Review of Last Week's Webinar on Urban Architecture and Building Better Communities

March 2, 2015 by David Thorpe

How can real communities by designed?

The SCC #SustainableChat Webinar: Urban Architecture and Building Better Communities held last Wednesday was very successful. Our panel of experts covered the design, economics, sustainability and community related issues of the topic. But the conversation has only just begun....[read more]

Job Growth Now Faster in City Centers, Shrinking in Suburbs

March 2, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Cities and Jobs

Job growth is now faster in city centers than outlying suburban areas, according to a new report from City Observatory. According to their analysis, from 2002 to 2007, “job decentralization” — that is, the growth of jobs in suburbs — was in full force, but now that trend has been reversed.[read more]

Mapping the Way to Safer Urban Mobility

Mobility, Safety, and Mapping

According to a recent Thomson Reuters Foundation study of the world’s 16 largest metropolitan areas, harassment on public transport is a growing problem for cities worldwide. Nearly 60 percent of the 6,555 women surveyed admitted to having been physically harassed.[read more]

Re-Blogging the City

March 2, 2015 by Dean Saitta

Blogging About Cities

In November of 2013 I chaired a session called “Scholarly Blogging: What? Why?” at the Society for American City and Regional Planning History meeting in Toronto. The purpose of the session was to bring together scholars in the U.S. and Canada who use blogs as platforms for working on research projects.[read more]

Understanding (and Measuring) Walkability in Cairo

March 2, 2015 by This Big City

Walking Cairo

The Greater Cairo region reflects Egyptian daily life. It is a vivid example of a wide variety of both spatial patterns and socioeconomic conditions. To create more effective and equitable urban strategies that can overcome challenges, we must understand social networks in relation to urban space.[read more]

Pop-Up Restaurant Will Put Food Waste On The Menu

March 2, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Food Waste Restaurant

 

The pop-up restaurant serving food that would otherwise go to waste sounds like something you’d expect from activists, right? But you wouldn’t expect celebrity chefs to try something like this, right? Don’t tell that to Dan Barber, co-owner of Blue Hill Farm and its associated farm-to-table restaurants.[read more]

5 Things To Remember When Buying Home Appliances

March 1, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Home Appliance Tips

Need to replace a fridge, a washer, a hot water heater, or another appliance in your home? Sorry to hear that: that’s almost always an extra expense that we hadn’t included in the budget. Because we depend on these machines for necessary functions in our homes, it’s tempting to rush out and buy the first thing.[read more]

Mellon Square: Discovering a Modern Masterpiece

March 1, 2015 by City Parks Blog

Mellon Square

Susan Rademacher, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy’s Curator, has written a new book on Pittsburgh’s Mellon Square, its history and its recent rehabilitation by the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy which, at first glance, is a paean to great landscape design.[read more]

A Cold Ski Town is Building One of the First Vertical Farms in the World

March 1, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Vertical Farming Innovation

I have a soft spot for Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It’s a beautiful town and, out of all the places I’ve snowboarded, it’s easily my favorite. That’s why I was excited to learn that Jackson is currently building one of the first vertical farms in the world (and in a cold ski town at that).[read more]

Women Earn Less than Men in Architecture and Engineering Professions

March 1, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Women and Pay Equity

An uneven playing field exists in a number of professions, including the architecture and engineering occupations—women in these fields earn 82 percent of what men make, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s 2014 averages.[read more]

COSMO Is Ready to Party

February 28, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Young Architects and Innovation

 

The ingenious winner of this year’s Young Architects Program at the New York City’s MOMA PS1 is COSMO, a mobile, transparent, and artful system for purifying wastewater. The machine aims to make visible the process of cleaning dirty water, exposing the value of this vital natural resources in the process.[read more]

Riverside, CA Restaurant Owner Ronaldo Fierro Sees Benefits of Sourcing Food Locally

February 28, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Local Food Source Benefits

Riverside restaurateur Ronaldo Fierro believes in locally-produced food—it tastes good, it’s good for the economy, and it’s important for the health and vitality of Riverside, California, and its residents. Fierro has always strived to source ingredients as locally as possible.[read more]

"Great Ideas are Obvious in Retrospect."

February 28, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Ideas and Adoption

The title of this post is a line from a Medium post that Biz Stone wrote back in August 2012. For those of you who might not know, Biz Stone is one of the cofounders of Twitter, as well as the cofounder of something called The Obvious Corporation.[read more]

Marriage Therapy for Ecologists and Landscape Architects

February 28, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Integrating Ecology and Design

Ecologists’ interest start with an exploration of the natural world, its structure and function. Architects and landscape architects start with human needs and how constructed features can answer those needs. Of course you have these different backgrounds, and the training is so different.[read more]

SMART's New Shelter Designs are Even Worse Than Before

February 28, 2015 by David Edmondson

Shelter Design Problems?

SMART may be on the verge of making a serious mistake. Back in August, 2014, the rail agency released its “65%” plans for stations to decidedly mixed reviews. Stung by the criticism, particularly from San Rafael mayor Gary Phillips who called the designs “ridiculous”, SMART went into a long internal huddle.[read more]