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What is the Best Way to Measure the Sustainability of Cities?

April 23, 2014 by David Thorpe
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Change the criteria, change the outcome

Yesterday I covered a new Cities in Motion index that claims to identify the most sustainable cities in the world and puts Tokyo and London at the top. Today I compare it with an Economist survey that gives different results. Which approach do you feel gives a more accurate picture?[read more]

Art for Public Spaces: Why Do Cities Need Public Art? [VIDEO]

April 23, 2014 by Gerdo Aquino

Public Spaces, Public Art

A recent study by Americans for the Arts reported that each year the government provides four billion dollars to nonprofit arts organizations. In return, the arts industry generates nearly 30 billion dollars in revenue. Undoubtedly, cities are recognizing that public art is a driving force in the economy.[read more]

How Can Cities Improve Their Resilience?

April 23, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Cities and Resilience

“Urban resilience can be defined as the capacity of the system of cities to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what acute shocks occur,” said Judith Rodin, president of The Rockefeller Foundation at the World Urban Forum in Medellin, Colombia.[read more]

How Smog is Destroying Denver's Rocky Mountain Views

April 23, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Denver and Air Pollution

Colorado is known across the world for its incredible opportunities to hike, climb, bike, fish, ski, snowboard, you name it. Denver lies just an hour east of the beautiful Rocky Mountains, but it is also known for its sometimes poor air quality. Smog is one of the great dichotomies of living in the Denver region.[read more]

In Photos: Walking in Bangalore Reveals the Plight of Pedestrians

Walkability in Bangalore

Bangalore has rapidly become a megacity. At nearly 10 million people, the city has already doubled the size of its population in just 20 years. This explosive urban growth has been coupled with increased motorization, with now more than 50% of households owning a motor vehicle.[read more]

Can South Africa's Smart Cities Please Stand Up?

April 22, 2014 by Future Cape Town

South African Smart Cities

Cities are the crucible of our urban experience and for the first time in human history, more people live in cities than in rural areas. We are now truly living in an urban century where our cities and urban centers are expanding at an unprecedented rate.[read more]

Explaining Gentrification

April 22, 2014 by Jim Russell

Like the term “brain drain,” the definition of “gentrification” depends on whom you ask. When I discuss gentrification, I’m thinking about neighborhood improvements that displace (force out) current residents. If residents are not displaced, then we aren’t talking about gentrification.[read more]

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'Cities in Motion' Sustainable Cities Index: Are You Sure Tokyo Should Be Top?

April 22, 2014 by David Thorpe

Tokyo - how sustainable?

A new report, IESE Cities in Motion, ranks world cities for sustainability, putting Tokyo, London and New York at the top, but its methodology is misleading and its results should be taken with a degree of scepticism.[read more]

Street Children and Social Exclusion in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

April 22, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Excluded Children in Rio

On the night of July 23, 1993, eight children were massacred on the steps of the Candelária Church, located in downtown Rio de Janeiro. The steps were a regular gathering spot for street children, and dozens took refuge there as a place to rest.[read more]

New York City Shifts Away from the Car

April 22, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

NYC and Car Culture

Design responses to New York City’s highly tangled and deeply complex infrastructure, both instant and painstaking, were the subject of a conversation between “design patron” Janette Sadik-Kahn and landscape designer Margie Ruddick, ASLA.[read more]

Red Light Cameras are Good Policy Gone Wrong

April 22, 2014 by David Edmondson

Red light cameras have been deployed around the country to great effect, reducing crashes dramatically in New York City and Washington, DC. Given these successes in the East, it was natural for San Rafael to go ahead and give them a try.[read more]

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Swarms of Sustainable Apps Will Turn Cities into 'Smart Hives'

April 21, 2014 by Warren Karlenzig

Apps help people collaborate

We humans are increasingly using rich digital maps and pricing information for sharing rental rooms, office space, cars, bikes, food, and energy use, using apps to collaborate like bees in a hive. Our pollen dance will be our testimonials, usage patterns, geo-location, and referrals.[read more]

Berczy Park and the Importance of Public Art in Cities

April 21, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Public Art Importance

Earlier this week a friend of mine was live tweeting a public consultation meeting for the revitalization of Berczy Park in the St. Lawrence Market neighborhood of Toronto. And since I live in the neighborhood, it’s a project that I’ve been following particularly closely.[read more]