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Urban Planning

Metrolinx Takes First Step Towards Rail + Property in Toronto

March 6, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Rail + Property

I’ve written about the advantages of a "rail + property" model when it comes to public transit. It works quite successfully in other parts of the world, such as in Hong Kong. However, in North America the notion of land value recapture or of transit authorities acting as real estate developers is still very much in its infancy.[read more]

Using Big Data and Citizen Science to Unravel What Bees and the Environment

March 6, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Bees, Research and the Environment

If Josep Perelló is right about discovering the stories behind bees, Barcelona’s high-tech, citizen science-based urban bee project could soon have many interesting threads to follow. By bringing together honeybees, technology, and big data analysis he hopes to uncover bees’ complex and often mysterious behavior.[read more]

Reimagining Our Streets as Places: From Transit Routes to Community Roots

March 5, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Street as Places

Streets are our most fundamental shared public spaces, but they are also one of the most contested. For most of the last century, we have taken for granted the idea that our streets are primarily zones for cars, parking, and the transporting of goods. This has not been the case, however, throughout most of history.[read more]

This Student-Designed Pallet House Can Survive Hurricanes

March 5, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Pallet House

Used shipping pallets represent the biggest source of waste wood. Many people have used them to make funky, distressed furniture projects. That’s great, but you wouldn’t want to use this wood for something you really need to count on, right? No one would want to live in a pallet house, right?[read more]

Architect and Developer Partner to Build Affordable Prefab Housing in Sweden

March 5, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Prefab Housing in Sweden

In this month’s issue of Monocle magazine they profile an interesting prefabricated and affordable housing project in Knivsta, Sweden. The way it was built is quite simple. The modular housing units were fabricated off-site and then inserted on-site into a prefabricated concrete frame.[read more]

New Orleans Nonprofit Incubates and Connects Local Farmers and Growers

Local Farmers in New Orleans

New Orleans Food and Farm Network has been sponsoring growing projects and providing technical and financial support to local agriculture. Their latest project takes the New Orleans local food movement a step further by incubating small food producers through a commercial kitchen and business education program.[read more]

Gugulethu Seven Memorial: In Memory of Anti-Apartheid Activists

March 5, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Cape Town Memorial

In terms of symbols of memorialization, the Gugulethu Seven monument is a haunting one. The arms of the young men flailing up in the air are reminiscent of Francisco Goya’s painting “The Third of May 1808”, with more motion rather than frightened surrendering of the man in Goya’s work.[read more]

Riding São Paulo's New 24-Hour Bus into the Sunrise

Sao Paulo Bus System

For São Paulo Brazil, which is the largest city in the southern hemisphere, making sure that its residents have access to fully reliable transportation options at all hours of the day is a particularly acute issue given the size and population of the city.[read more]

Planning for Demographic Change in Atlanta

March 4, 2015 by Bradley Calvert

Atlanta population flux infographic

Last year it was reported that of the largest cities Atlanta was one of the worst at attracting young professionals. They also need to work on retaining them.[read more]

Six Ideas for Building Cycling Culture from the World Bicycle Forum

Building Future Bike Culture

Over 4,000 people gathered for the fourth World Bicycle Forum. This event was created by bike activists in Porto Alegre, Brazil after a car plowed through bikers at a critical mass event in March 2011. Fortunately, no one died, but the resulting media attention sparked solidarity and the urge to take action.[read more]

What Will the Condo Market Look Like in 10-20 Years?

March 4, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

The future of condos looks good as cities densify

Over the past week I’ve had two separate people ask me my thoughts on the future of the condo market in Toronto. One of them was working on a University study and one of them was trying to figure out what (condo) property managers would look like in the future.[read more]

Citizen Science in the City: Lessons from Melbourne's BioBlitz

March 4, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Citizen Science

Citizen scientists contribute their time and energy to support thousands of research projects around the world. They collect, categorize, and analyze data, generously volunteering their time and their personal resources in return for little other than recreational enjoyment or the personal satisfaction of helping others.[read more]