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Urban Planning

In Defence of Fair-Weather Cyclists: How Do You Keep a City Cycling, Even in the Worst of Winter?

February 1, 2015 by Mark K Ames

Weather and Cycling Habits


One of the most persistent criticisms I hear leveled against investing in cycling is that the very moment that the weather becomes inclement, a lot of people will people stop riding their bikes, therefore making it an unreliable way of moving people in cities.[read more]

Common Sense Urban Tools to Change Cities, Via Curitiba

February 1, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Urban Development Tools

Acupuncture is a method to stimulate specific points of the body to regulate a specific pathology and benefit the broader system. In this sense, Jaime Lerner, in the new English Edition of his 'Urban Acupuncture,' proposes to point to specific evidence and specific actions in the city to comfort general urban illness.[read more]

From the Ground Up: Finding Opportunity in the Future of Real Estate Development

February 1, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Real Estate Opportunity

While we tend think of urban development as large projects – converted seaports, repurposed railroad yards, or acres of bulldozed property – there is a new, large-scale opportunity now emerging that has the potential to impact cities everywhere.[read more]

The Future of the Newlands Pool: What is the Real Question?

February 1, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Making the Right Plan for the Newlands Pool

The debate around the future of the Newlands Swimming Pool and its precinct has recently enjoyed renewed attention . The Cape Argus reported on that the City of Cape Town would be going “back to the drawing board” to consider future development scenarios for this beloved Southern Suburbs institution.[read more]

Super Bowl To Kick Off Food Waste Recycling Efforts In Phoenix

January 31, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

The Super Bowl and Food Waste

I’ve always thought that using the world of sports to highlight sustainability made a lot of sense: not only do these businesses stand to benefit greatly from lightening their footprint, but they’ve also got huge captive audiences for the message.[read more]

Longest Footbridge East of the Mississippi: Century-Old Willimantic Footbridge

January 31, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Connecticut Footbridge

While Willimantic’s Frog Bridge might be eastern Connecticut’s most familiar bridge, there is actually a far more historically notable bridge close by that has provided access to Willimantic’s downtown for over a century: the Willimantic Footbridge.[read more]

Top 10 Walking States in America

January 31, 2015 by Christopher Berggren

Walking and the United States

Since states are composed of cities, which generally constitute the majority of a states’ population, it is significant that the states with the most walking have cities known for walkability. Indeed, the top three states, New York, California, and Washington, have some of the country’s most walkable cities.[read more]

More People are Speeding on the Golden Gate Bridge: Here's Why

January 31, 2015 by David Edmondson

Speeding on the Bridge

When the new Golden Gate Bridge barrier opened, it was heralded as a new age of safety, but there were rumblings of problems immediately. Bridge Manager Kary Witt was quoted as saying, “I do think everyone is driving too fast. Everyone needs to slow down.”[read more]

Building 'Links in the Chain' of Food Innovation at California Baptist University

January 31, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Universities and Food Innovation

California Baptist University in Riverside, California is a vital part of Riverside’s local and sustainable food efforts through its Food Innovation Center. Part of the university’s Department of Health Sciences, the 4,000-square foot space provides extensive classroom, laboratory and kitchen space.[read more]


UCLG, EU and Four Other Local Authority Networks Sign Historic Agreement on Sustainable Development

January 30, 2015 by David Thorpe

The agreement affects about half the world's local governments.

The United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and the European Commission, together with three other important networks in local government, have signed a historic agreement to work together on development issues in order to tackle global poverty and inequality, promote democracy and sustainable development.[read more]

What Exactly Do Architects Do?

January 30, 2015 by Taz Loomans

The Architectural Profession

Most people don’t really know what architects do on a day to day basis. Perhaps you have a vague notion that architects make napkin sketches sitting in sleek, low-lit bars playing jazz piano and a few months later fabulous buildings like the Guggenheim in Bilbao manifest from that sketch. This is not entirely true.[read more]

Implementing Streetcars: Lessons from Atlanta

January 30, 2015 by Canin Associates

Atlanta and Streetcars

The streetcar fits a unique niche in transport systems. It’s an extension of the walking environment thanks to its ability to be used for short trips, while still connecting different neighborhoods. But, as recent streetcar projects like the Downtown Loop in Atlanta have shown, their success requires patience.[read more]