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Variations on the Farming Community: How Sustainable are They?

August 1, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Farming and Sustainability

I suppose I’ve got relatively narrow visions of a sustainable farming community: either an ecovillage, where food production is woven into the life of the of the residents, or the “urban farm,” where food production is implemented within existing (but often decaying) infrastructure.[read more]

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How Sustainable is a 'Sustainable Building' in Practice?

August 1, 2014 by David Thorpe

One Brighton development

The first major review has been published of pioneering development One Brighton's performance against its challenging 2020 One Planet targets and show where it has succeeded and where it has failed over its sustainability targets.[read more]

Voices of the City: Lola Adefope

August 1, 2014 by Future Cape Town

City Voices

 

Voices of the City is a new, weekly feature that spotlights the everyday lives of our citizens, living and working in cities. This week, we hear from Lagos resident 
Lola Adefope, a creative soul who works in Corporate Travel Management, as well as writes poetry and makes fine art.[read more]

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Madrid Drivers Encouraged to Ditch Dirty Diesel Cars for Clean Electric Bikes

July 31, 2014 by David Thorpe

Madrid goes BiciMad

The Spanish capital Madrid has started charging drivers to park according to how polluting their cars are, while introducing a rental system for electric bikes, to encourage a switch to more sustainable transport.[read more]

Geographic Scale and Talent Migration: Washington, D.C.'s New Silver Line

July 31, 2014 by Jim Russell

Geography and Talent

Over the weekend, the Washington, D.C., metro system opened the Silver Line. Anyone hoping for a relief in traffic congestion will be sorely disappointed. However, the new rail will have substantial impacts on the region. “The Silver Line Is a New Weapon in the Local War for Talent.“[read more]

Detroit After-School Program Teaches Youth Business Of Food

Detroit Food Academy

Food entrepreneurship as an after-school activity? Over the last few years, Detroit Food Academy has been making exactly this a reality for young people in the Motor City. With help from local educators, schools and food businesses, the nonprofit project teaches food preparation and leadership skills.[read more]

New Data from 2050 Global Calculator Indicates Sustainable Transport Critical to Combating Climate Change

Climate Change and Sustainable Transport

Experts predict that a 2 degree Celsius rise in world temperatures could have drastic effects, including grave damage to ecosystems, and extreme weather. Even a 1 degree Celsius rise in global temperatures could lead to dangerous impacts like rising sea levels and the extermination of certain species.[read more]

What Green Roof Incentives and Policies are International Cities Using?

July 31, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Getting a Green Roof Going

The Impact of intense Industrialization during the 1960s and 1970s in Linz, Austria, left the city with little quality green space. Once this became a genuine problem the urban planners started to put together a Green Space Plan approved in 1984.[read more]

Architects & Communalism Can Solve San Francisco's Housing Crisis

July 31, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

San Francisco Housing

San Francisco is in a housing crisis! The skyrocketing housing market is pushing out the people that make the city a diverse and vibrant place with housing rates rising three times faster than the national average. Within the last two years the rental market has increased by an average of 20%.[read more]

What We Like - and Don't Like - About Our Cities

July 30, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

Liking and Not Liking City Life

 

American city dwellers place a high value on their cities’ food offerings, from restaurants to farmers’ markets. We also love historic buildings and good public spaces. Traffic, not so much. These findings are from a new study released last week by Sasaki Associates.[read more]

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Mahindra Becomes India's First City to Begin Transforming into a 'Green Township'

July 30, 2014 by David Thorpe

Mahindra World City

Mahindra World City has been named as India’s first township to be awarded with Stage I certification under the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) Green Townships Programme.[read more]

Cable Car System Takes Transport to New Heights in Bolivia

Cable Cars in Bolivia

Residents of the La Paz/El Alto Metropolitan area now have a new option for navigating the region’s mountainous geography. The first line of the Mi Teleférico (My Cable Car) system opened May 30, 2014, and interviews with new riders show overwhelming support for this new transport mode.[read more]

Where Does our Affordable Housing Go?

July 30, 2014 by David Edmondson

Affordable Housing

People regularly complain that there isn’t enough affordable housing being built in the Marin area, and they blame the developer for it. Quite often, however, it’s neighborhood concerns – often quite reasonable – that drive up the cost of development.[read more]