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Christmas Gifts for the Little Urbanist

December 20, 2014 by Jillian Glover

Urbanist Gift Ideas

Your grandpa played with toy trains. Your mom loved her wooden school bus. You loved to construct public buildings out of Lego, and now your kid can’t stop reading Richard Scarry books. Whether or not we realize it, children are fascinated by how a city works.[read more]

19 Duncan Street Bought for $47 million

December 20, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Toronto Urban and Building Development

Last week it was announced that Allied Properties and Westbank have acquired 19 Duncan Street in Toronto for $47 million. The plan is to restore the existing heritage building, as well as build additional retail space, office space, and rental apartments. I hope it will end up a remarkable development project.[read more]

Peru's Climate Leaders Awarded over $11 Million for Low-Carbon Urban Transport

December 19, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Peru Climate Leadership

Peru was recently awarded €9 million ($11.14 million) for its urban transport Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA) by the German and British NAMA facility. This climate finance award will allow the Peruvian government to leverage $50 million from development aid agencies.[read more]

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Living the One Planet Life at the UK's 15 year old Sustainable Community

December 19, 2014 by David Thorpe

Dream home?

Hockerton housing cooperative is one of the UK's best-known example of one planet living. Five households have been forging a new way of living there for 15 years that is more sustainable than most, and self-sufficient in energy, water, sewage treatment and much food. They also run courses, both online and offline, and accept site visits.[read more]

Restoring the Lost Urban Waterways of Montreal, Quebec

December 19, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Waterway Restoration

Is it realistic to think about exhuming or recreating the streams and rivers that have disappeared in the wake of urbanization in the city of Montreal? Over the last few years, this idea has gained traction, even becoming the topic of a documentary in 2012 – with “Lost Rivers,” by Caroline Bacle.[read more]

A Playful Plaza: Bringing Imagination and New Life to Downtown Providence

December 19, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces
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Playful Public Plaza in Providence

How Burnside Park was reinvented by a project that knitted together disconnected spaces to fill them with a diverse range of uses and activities, and a new identity for the entire district, begun by giving it a new name: Greater Kennedy Plaza.[read more]

GoPro City Tours

December 19, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

GoPro and Tourism

This past week was Toronto’s first real snowstorm of the season. It was awesome. I love snow. And part of the reason I love it, is because it means snowboarding season is here. Yes, the “mountains” in Ontario suck, but Quebec and Vermont aren’t too far away.[read more]

Voices of the City: Paige Nick

December 19, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Cape Town City Voices Interview

Voices of the City is a weekly feature that spotlights the everyday lives of our citizens, living and working in the city. This week we meet Paige Nick, a Sunday Times columnist, award-winning advertising copywriter, and author of the critically acclaimed novels, 'A Million Miles from Normal' and 'This Way Up.'[read more]

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Don't Shop Online, You're Slowly Killing Your Local Community

December 18, 2014 by David Thorpe
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Shopping online is not sustainable.

There is a very direct relationship between the health of your local community and how much shopping you do online. When stores close down and get boarded up, it's not a coincidence. If you value the integrity of your local high street, don't buy online. If you want boarded up, empty shops near you, do buy online.[read more]

The Need to Visualize Public Transit Data for Better Bus Systems in India

December 18, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

India Transit Data

Over the past decade, many transit agencies in Indian cities have implemented information technology services (ITS) to improve bus planning and operations in urban areas. However, using such technologies alone does not guarantee tangible improvements in level of service.[read more]

Each Country Will Make 'National Pledge' to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

December 18, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Emissions Cutting Agreement in Lima

 

Recently, negotiators from nearly 200 countries built further momentum towards a global deal to limit climate change. At a United Nations conference in Lima, Peru, each nation agreed to enact domestic laws to reduce emissions and submit their plans detailing their cuts by March 2015.[read more]

Magical Thinking in the Age of Green

December 18, 2014 by The Nature of Cities
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Transitioning to Green

Today we are in the Age of Green. Green cities, green businesses, urban greening, green buildings, green energy, green cars, making green money from green. The Age of Green is an assumption that a transition toward a sustainable “green” society is possible.[read more]

Gentrification is Hurting Neighborhoods in Downtown Kitchener, Canada

December 18, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Gentrification in Canada

Gentrification has been causing problems in downtown areas all over, and Kitchener in Ontario, Canada is no exception. While developments downtown can be good for intensification and improving urban design, current developments are beginning to marginalize long-term residents.[read more]

Q&A: Nurit Katz Moves UCLA Toward 20 Percent Sustainable Food by 2020

December 18, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

UCLA: Aiming at sustainable food procurement

Nurit Katz is UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles)’s first Chief Sustainability Officer, a role that currently has her working to make advancements on a variety of sustainability goals at the university, as well as teaching in the UCLA Extension’s Global Sustainability Certificate Program.[read more]

Restoring Food's Value Through Urban Refrigerators

December 18, 2014 by This Big City

Food, Value, and Access

It is estimated that about 40% of the food produced in the world is discarded for reasons as outlandish as a failure to meet aesthetic standards such as size, shape or colour. According to estimates by the European Commission, more than 100 million tonnes of food will be wasted this year in the EU zone alone.[read more]

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Revealed: the Best and Worst Solar PV Panels You Can Buy

December 17, 2014 by David Thorpe

How clean are your panels?

Your solar electricity may not be as clean as you think. The Silicon Valley Toxic Coalition has recently produced a new scorecard ranking manufacturers on safety, pollution and human rights. You can use it to help choose the best manufacturer.[read more]

Interview with William Wenk on Denver's Efforts to Become a More Sustainable City

December 17, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Denver Sustainability Efforts

Adaptive resuse is messy, but it’s a wonderfully rich way of way of thinking about the world. The world is not a clean and tidy place. The landscapes a lot of us want to live in aren’t necessarily clean and tidy, but they’re vital. They’re alive. This line of thinking can lead us toward the next generation of urban landscapes.[read more]

Q&A: Robert Egger on Food Security and the Aging Population

December 17, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Food Access and Aging

Robert Egger is the Founder and President of L.A. Kitchen, a culinary arts job training program for people coming out of foster care and incarceration. He also launched D.C. Central Kitchen, a similar effort, in 1989. L.A. Kitchen is currently in pilot phase and will launch in a new space in 2015.[read more]