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What Cities Can Learn From Greater Toronto's Transit-Oriented Development

Toronto and T.O.D.

While there are many inspiring examples of walkable, transit-oriented cities in Europe, there’s also plenty to learn from Canada. Thanks to strong leadership and long-term vision, Greater Toronto managed to both build a compact, mixed-use urban hub and expand transit connectivity across the region.[read more]

What Makes a Great Street? Tell Us Here!

April 24, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

How to Design Great Streets

Streets are our most fundamental shared public spaces, but they are also one of the most contested and overlooked. When streets are great places, they encourage people to linger, to socialize, and to truly experience the unique culture and character of a particular street.[read more]

Instead of a Golf Course, a Farm is the Centerpiece of a New North Carolina Subdivision

Farming in the Subdivision

The feature amenity of Wetrock Farm, with 141 home sites, will be a 15-acre sustainable farm managed by professionals. Organic fruits and vegetables will be grown at the farm, which will host a farm stand and space for educational and recreational programs.[read more]

The Amazing Story of How Xoma Ayob Won His Dream House

April 24, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Housing in Informal Settlements

Xoma Ayob was born in the shadow of the Sentinel in the Hangberg informal settlement called Texas. He can recall a time before the factories when you could simply brush the seaweed aside to pluck a crayfish out of the water. He told Molo the story of his dream house.[read more]

Old Site of Grocer's Market Continues Transformation in La Confluence, Lyon, France

April 24, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Transformation in Lyon

The district of La Confluence, Lyon, France continues its transformation east of the Cours Charlemagne. The developer, Icade, invested in the land historically occupied by the grocer’s market, and a team of six designers redesigned it in order to give life to Ynfluences Square.[read more]

Helping Civic Leaders to Make Buildings More Efficient

How ICLEI stakeholders evaluate policy options

Participants in a workshop at the 2015 ICLEI World Congress in Seoul Korea learnt how the Building Efficiency Accelerator of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative uses a variety of methods—including interactive workshops—to help city leaders learn about potential policy options and think realistically about implementation.[read more]

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Why Embodied Energy Is the New Frontier for Developers, Surveyors and Planning Authorities

April 23, 2015 by David Thorpe

Embodied energy measures lifetime use. Source: Rapiere by Architype

No building or development project can be deemed to be environmentally sustainable without an assessment of its life cycle environmental performance. This so often fails to be done, or even thought about. But this is changing. A new report lists resources to help developers, quantity surveyors and planners take this forward.[read more]

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7 Opportunities for Green Buildings in China, According to Developers

April 23, 2015 by CC Huang

Green Building Potential in China

China’s low-carbon future may very well depend on green buildings. With nearly two billion square meters of new floor space added in the country each year, China’s building sector offers tremendous opportunities for the country to move toward a cleaner economy.[read more]

A Spatial Overview of the Nature of Cities

April 23, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Cities, Nature, and Space

Cities fragment the landscape that they occupy. If that landscape was not already transformed by agriculture, the fragments may contain remnants of natural ecosystems. The sustainability of these relatively pristine ecosystems is dependent on their size, shape, and connectivity to one another.[read more]

"Downtown East" Project Revitalizing Downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota

April 23, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Reviving Downtowns

The Downtown East Development project in Minneapolis, Minnesota is revitalizing an aging portion of the city. Situated between the city’s Central Business District and the Mississippi Riverfront in the Mills District, this mixed-use development sits in a prime location.[read more]

Cities and Technology: Imagining the Way Things Could Be

April 23, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Technology Creating the Future

The common thread for me between architecture, real estate development, and technology is that in all of these cases it is about imagining the way things could be in the future and then creating it. It’s about change. It’s about growth. It’s about creation. I consider myself a builder in practically every sense.[read more]

Five Cities Show the Future of Walkability

Urban Walkability and Innovation

To walk in our cities is more than just a simple act of transport. Walking represents an appropriation of urban space for daily life. It means being an active part of the urban environment by learning, understanding and shaping the city on a personal level.[read more]

Vienna vs. London: Differences while Walking the City

April 22, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

Walking in Vienna and London

How can very different cities be experienced while moving through them on foot? We present to you here a Walking Story about two different cities and experiences: Walking in London versus walking in Vienna, by Walk21 Ambassador Eugene Quinn.[read more]

Collected Ideas That Bring Hope for a Greener, Healthier World

April 22, 2015 by Kaid Benfield

Green Ideas and Inspiration

I can't think of a better time to review Jared Green's new book, 'Designed for the Future,' than the week of Earth Day. This highly accessible volume, subtitled '80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World,' contains short essays and beautiful photos solicited and edited by Green and describing wonderful examples.[read more]

Mexico City's New Airport [VIDEO] Can It Really Be Sustainable?

April 22, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Air Travel Infrastructure

 

Mexico City's new airport will be one of the world’s largest airports at 470,000 square meters. This building will be the “world’s most sustainable airport” which uses less material and energy than a cluster of buildings, due to its compact single terminal.[read more]