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How to Save Water, the Californian Way: Part 2

April 27, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Water in California

California's progressive state and local policies are helping the state to better conserve its limited water resources. Here are five of them, but there's much more that can be done. More thoughtful planning for both rural agricultural and urban water use is needed.[read more]

Michigan Food Innovation Hub Fosters Collaboration between Local Food Producers

Michigan Food Innovation

Local food producers in Northwest Michigan are entering an era of collaboration thanks to the emergence of the Grand Traverse Food Innovation Hub. The food hub is an important step toward a more connected and cooperative local food community in the region.[read more]

Montreal, Quebec's Théâtre de Verdure Closed for Second Season Due to Disrepair

April 27, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Montreal Theatre and Local Culture

Once upon a time, there was a treasure located in the heart of one of the most beautiful parks in Montreal. A treasure with an uncertain future. This jewel is the Théâtre de Verdure. This open air stage can accommodate 3,000 spectators in an oasis nested very close to the La Fontaine Park pond in Plateau-Mont-Royal.[read more]

A Tree Hitched to the Universe

April 26, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Life in Green Spaces

From a leafy suburb in the shadow of Table Mountain, I need not venture far to encounter a myriad of remarkable creatures employing clever survival strategies. Fighting, stalking, feigning, loving, dancing, stealing, and darting, biodiversity spills into and out of my garden.[read more]

City Walk Saturdays Kick-Starts New Storytelling Route for Cape Town

April 26, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

City Walk Cape Town

The lively event featured Capoeira, tango and swing dance sessions, a tranquillity zone with meditation and yoga, jumping castles and kids storytelling time. Skateboarders whizzed through the space and curious squirrels watched as giant scrabble and pavement chalk unfolded.[read more]

Bugs for Dinner: Big Cricket Farms Find Niche in Edible Insect Farming

Bugs and Farming

Though bugs make up part of a healthy, diverse diet in many non-Western cultures, Americans and Europeans generally consider eating insects to be disgusting, even ‘primitive.’ But a growing movement by edible insect enthusiasts like Kevin Bachhuber is looking to change this perception.[read more]

Development Updates in the Gold Coast

April 25, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Gold Coast Development

Construction and development news and financial cost information for buildings in Australia's Gold Coast, including development precincts with sports facilities, tower construction in Broadbeach, and hotel construction and development of the tourism industry.[read more]

From Stadiums to Public Parks, the Impacts of Space for Sports in Cities

Cities Need Places to Play

Professional sports typically take place in expensive stadiums, which are expected to draw crowds of fans and consumers. On the other hand, amateur sports happen at a much more local level. Sports often play a large role in cities and frequently receive a lot of attention from both elected officials and the public.[read more]

How To Discourage People From Entering a Park: Northeastern Connecticut's Access Fail

April 25, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Park Entry in Connecticut

A regular theme throughout Northeastern Connecticut’s parks is their troublesome entry points and poor contiguity to other trail links. For example, entering a park from a state highway in the Quiet Corner, also known as Northeastern Connecticut, can be dangerous.[read more]

Artist, Vagabonds, and an Accidental Nature Reserve in San Francisco Bay

April 25, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Art and Nature in San Francisco

For such a far-reaching social and ecological exposition, 'Refuge in Refuse: Homesteading Art and Culture' centers on a surprisingly small piece of man-made land known as the Albany Bulb. A decommissioned construction landfill, the “Bulb," as it is known, pokes out into the San Francisco Bay.[read more]

Explore Your Neighbourhood During a Jane's Walk

April 24, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

Inspired by walking activist Jane Jacobs

The first weekend in May is Jane's Walk weekend! Read this Walking Story by Jane's Walk Vienna organizer Andreas Lindinger about the ideas behind the global Jane's Walk movement and what motivates him to run the show in Vienna.[read more]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]