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Urban Planning

Tech Tools for Food Hubs: Oregon Firm Builds Sustainability Through Software

Food Sustainability and Software

Local Food Marketplace provides a software platform for food hubs that allows them to reach customers, aggregate production and compete with traditional distribution. “We help food hubs from the planning process to figuring out what their availability will be on a weekly basis,” says founder Amy McCann.[read more]

Green Buildings Sprouting Up in Nairobi, Kenya

October 2, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Green Buildings in Nairobi

A green building is one whose construction and lifetime of operation assure the healthiest possible environment while representing the most efficient and least disruptive use of land, water, energy and resources. Green design calls for buildings to lessen their energy needs.[read more]

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Bloomberg Donates $125 Million to Cut Traffic Deaths in Cities

October 1, 2014 by David Thorpe

Poorer cities to be the focus.

Cities are creating a culture where government innovation is an expectation, and where creativity is encouraged, according to Mike Bloomberg, who also announced that his organisation is to spend $125 million on programmes to reduce traffic deaths and injuries in 10 cities in low-and middle-income countries.[read more]

Placemaking's Ripple Effect: How a Beach Downtown is Making Waves in Detroit

October 1, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces

Placemaking and Wide Effects

At first glance, a Google image search for the term “Detroit” returns an alarmingly one-sided portrayal of the Motor City. Photographs of crumbling buildings dominate so much. Scroll a bit further and one image breaks through the monotony – a beach.[read more]

Interrupting the Ordinary: PARK(ing) Day in Houston

October 1, 2014 by Allyn West

Public Space Innovation

The first PARK(ing) Day was in 2005 in San Francisco. It lasted just two hours. A group from art and design studio Rebar fed the meter, put down sod, a bench, and a tree for two hours --- as much time as they could buy --- and then packed it all up.[read more]

The Geography of Poverty and Migration

October 1, 2014 by Jim Russell

Poverty and Movement

Long-distance migrants move for jobs, more so among the nonpoor. Short-distance migrants move for housing. Quick and dirty, “lower education and income groups are more likely to move for family reasons and less likely to move for work-related reasons than higher education and income groups.”[read more]

New Report Shows How to Reduce Vehicle Pollution, Create Financial Savings on a Global Scale

October 1, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

Pollution and Energy Savings

More than $100 trillion in public and private spending could be saved between now and 2050 if the world were to expand public transportation, walking and bicycling in cities, according to a new report released by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy and the University of California.[read more]

From Bicycles to Cars in Beijing

October 1, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Transport Choices

There has been an incredible urban transformation that has taken place in Beijing over the last couple of decades; specifically, the shift from a bicycle oriented city to a now automobile oriented city. Alongside this mobility change, there’s also been pronounced changes to the urban fabric of the city.[read more]

São Paulo, Brazil's Most Expensive Addresses are Concentrated in 2.5km

October 1, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Wealth and Space in Sao Paulo

Within just a 2.5 kilometer space, the ten most expensive addresses in Sao Paulo, Brazil's largest city, are concentrated. This is despite the fact that São Paulo is the sixth largest metropolis in the world and spreads out across a huge area of 1,522 square kilometers.[read more]

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WWF's Living Planet Report Paints Stark Picture of Unsustainable Development

September 30, 2014 by David Thorpe

A Signpost to One Planet Living

By expanding cities, cutting down forests and overfishing the seas, humanity has caused a 52% decline in the population of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish since 1970. This is the staggering and sobering headline fact to leap out of the latest Living Planet Report from WWF.[read more]

Building the City of the Future Through Smart, Connected Urban Transport

September 30, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Cities and the Future of Transport

The concept of smart, connected transport is a hot topic among city leaders looking to ride the wave of innovation to more sustainable, prosperous cities. Despite this, building a truly smart and interconnected urban transport system is more than most cities can hope to do all at once.[read more]

Energy Efficiency and Waste: Power for Your Pound

September 30, 2014 by Glenn Vowles

Energy Cost and Waste

Debates on UK energy policy focus almost exclusively on energy generation/production and often neglect even to mention energy saving and energy efficiency. It’s much cheaper to save energy and be efficient than it is to generate it.[read more]