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What Does a Sociological Approach to Safe Cities Reveal?: Findings from a National Workshop in India

Sociology and Safe Indian Cities

While concerns of violence against women are not new, women’s safety in public spaces has received significant attention in India in the past two years. Cities in India are seeing increased demands around making public spaces safer for women.[read more]

How Toronto Became Cool

July 19, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Cool Toronto

I had a friend ask me on Facebook what it is exactly that I think happened to make Tononto so much cooler. Was it because of one iconic building like Toronto’s new City Hall? Was it because of our recent condo boom? Or was it something else? What changed exactly?[read more]

São Paulo, Brazil Reforms Urban Waste Disposal Practices

July 19, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Brazil Waste Reform

Many people separate dry waste from organic waste, but we know little about the destination of these materials. If, indeed, they are used for recycling, isn’t it possible to also reuse organic waste? The final destination of waste is a major concern of our cities today.[read more]

The Bus House: the Ultimate Act of Upcycling?

July 19, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Upcycling the Bus House

 

As I have actually heard from numerous builders in recent years, the term “green building” has largely just become “building”: incorporating efficiency features, renewable energy systems, and natural lighting and air flow elements just make sense.[read more]

Tehran, the City of River Valleys, Needs a Landscape Ecological Approach to the Design and Planning of Its Waterways

July 18, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Tehran Water Planning

During recent years, the municipality of Tehran began to work on rehabilitation of river valleys. Three projects now are completed or near completion. This great movement can improve and develop the quality and quantity of Tehran environment, which is in a dangerous and catastrophic condition.[read more]

A Novel Innovation for Rental Bikes in Marseille, France

July 18, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Rental Biking and Efficiency Communication

How long does it take to go from Marseille’s Old Port to the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations, the city’s new pride and joy? 5 minutes along the quay, with watch in hand. And from the popular Belle de Mai neighborhood to the Joliette metro station? No more than 8 minutes.[read more]

The City of London is Busy Tearing up Bike Lanes in the Barbican Tunnel to Reintroduce a Problem they Recently Fixed

July 18, 2014 by Mark K Ames

London Bike Infrastructure Policy

The City of London are currently busy digging up one of the busiest bike routes in the Square Mile, but not to improve conditions for cyclists. The Beech Street tunnel runs beneath the Barbican estate, connecting Finsbury Square in the east with Smithfield Market in the west.[read more]

The Importance of Storytelling

July 17, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Urbanism and Storytelling

Last night I was out for drinks with a friend of mine who runs an architecture firm in the city called Reflect Architecture. We started talking about the importance of marketing and storytelling in city building and then got onto the topic of Danish architect Bjarke Ingels and his firm BIG.[read more]

Toward Multimodal Transport: Learning from Ottawa’s Suburban Biking Culture

July 17, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Suburban Bike Culture

Conversations about bike commuting focus mainly on the traditional territories of city downtowns and the urban core. But metropolises like Ottawa usually consist of many far-flung, suburban subdivisions. Leaving suburbs out of the biking conversation risks turning biking into a privilege of the few.[read more]

Top 10 U.S. Cities with Over 4% Bike Commuter Rates

July 17, 2014 by Christopher Berggren

Cities and Bike Commutes

What are the top 10 cities in the U.S. with over 115,000 residents where over 4% of the population is using bicycles as the primary mode of commuting? And what makes these cities so special?[read more]

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Obama Declares His Climate Change Resilience Strategy

July 17, 2014 by David Thorpe

President Obama has given more details of the $1 billion competitive fund for making American cities more resilient to the extremes of climate change. At the same time he took a swipe at his opponents in Congress who are opposing his measures to tackle global warming.[read more]

Transforming the D.C. Navy Yards with Transit Oriented Development

July 16, 2014 by Tyler Caine

DC and Transit Development

As one of the country’s oldest cities Washington has a lot to see and a lot one can miss. Amidst the migrating swarms of people milling around for the 4th of July festivities, D.C. provided me with quality dining, museums, monuments and transit oriented development complete with dash of adaptive reuse.[read more]