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'Inevitably Urban' and the Role of the People

September 30, 2014 by Chuck Wolfe

People and Urbanism

These times seem so inevitably urban. Civic dialogue focuses on the social repercussions of growth, such as affordability of urban housing (“build more“, said last Sunday's Seattle Times), the proper range of housing types, and how residents will travel from here to there.[read more]

How to Save America from a Future That Lacks Water

September 30, 2014 by Mark LeChevallier

America and Water Needs

Many households wish to conserve water but lack the knowledge, time and resources. We’ve all seen a number of long lists of water-saving tips that leave us unsure which actions are actually making an impact. Well, I’m going to share with you a short list of the most effective water-saving tips.[read more]

Research Reveals Solutions to Brazilian Public Transportation Issues

September 30, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Brazil Transport Solutions

The increase in bus fare brings more headaches for the Brazilian citizen than electricity, water or telephone bills. This insight was revealed in unpublished research from NTU (National Association of Urban Transport) presented at the 2014 National Seminar.[read more]

Green vs. Grey: Every City is a Living Body

September 29, 2014 by Ivan Bruce
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Cities as Bodies

The thought that nature can also be an infrastructure is not new; nature can be harnessed to provide services within the urban environment, by reducing risk of flooding or excessive heat, or improving air quality. When nature is harnessed by people it is known as "green infrastructure."[read more]

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Drive to End Ignorance on Energy Amongst Public and Professionals

September 29, 2014 by David Thorpe

Dr Kerry Mashford, CEO, National Energy Foundation

How much do you know about energy in buildings? According to a new poll, most people don't know nearly enough. So in the UK Dr Kerry Mashford, CEO, National Energy Foundation wants a national drive to increase understanding of energy use reduction, and your help is needed.[read more]

PARK(ing) Day 2014 Around the World

September 29, 2014 by Jillian Glover

Parks and PARK(ing) Day

The mission of PARK(ing) Day, which started in San Francisco in 2005, is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat. It has since has evolved into a global movement.[read more]

7 Reasons Why High-Rises Kill Livability

September 29, 2014 by Tazmine Loomans

High Rises and Urban Living

What do you do when you’re the city of Portland and millions of people are supposed to move into your city in the coming decades and you have an urban growth boundary? Build up, right? To a certain extent yes, but not above the fifth floor, says world-renown architect Jan Gehl.[read more]

Why You Should Worry: Five Unhappy Truths about the U.S. Food System

September 29, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Food System Problems and Risks

The convergence of processed foods, chemically intensive farming and a gas-guzzling supply chain have created a food system in the United States that would have seemed fantastical—and quite possibly nightmarish—to folks who lived in this country just a century ago.[read more]

Is Urban Revitalization Without Gentrification Possible?

September 29, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA
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Renewal and Gentrification

Cities are the place to be these days, which means big changes for the historic communities that have populated urban cores. While much of the urban renewal experiments of the 1940s through the 1960s have been deemed disasters, word is still out on the new wave of “urban revitalization."[read more]

Seven Myths About New Urbanism

September 29, 2014 by This Big City

New Urbanism Myths

Joel Kotkin, a fellow at Chapman University and an untiring defender of the suburbs, begins a recent column in the Washington Post with a perfectly valid question: “What is a city for?” He then proceeds to get that question completely wrong.[read more]

How Are You Being Shaped?

September 28, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly
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Cities and Shape

"We shape the cities, and then our cities shape us." That’s one of my favorite lines from the documentary The Human Scale. I like it because I don’t think many of us think enough about the way in which the built environment — that we create — ultimately goes on to influence the way we live our lives.[read more]

Niterói, Brazil, First City to Adopt Bus with High Level of Service (BHLS) System

September 28, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Brazil and Bus Systems

In the state of Rio de Janeiro, Niterói pioneered the use of biometrics in public transportation and could continue this trend by becoming the first city in Latin America to adopt a BHLS, (Bus with High Level of Service), the English acronym to define a bus system with high quality services.[read more]

Jaime Lerner's Urban Acupuncture

September 28, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Urban Acupuncture

Jaime Lerner, one of the most influential urban leaders of our time, has written down a great deal of all his hard-earned wisdom about the city in one slim yet rich volume, Urban Acupuncture: Celebrating Pinpricks of Change that Enrich City Life.[read more]