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ICLEI Says Smart Cities Need Citizen Buy-In

April 16, 2014 by David Thorpe

Do people want their cities wired?

“A smart city is a city which can provide - with fewer resources- more efficiency, more services for its citizens and a higher quality of life in a rapidly urbanizing world.” A fine ideal, but is this just for big business, or can citizens have a say? This was a hot topic at ICLEI's Global Town Hall 2014 last week.[read more]

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Which are the Most Unsustainable Cities in the World?

March 26, 2014 by David Thorpe

River flooding: the commonest threat

What is the opposite of a sustainable city? For insurance companies it quantifies to the riskiest. Insurance company SwissRe has calculated the 10 riskiest metropolitan areas in the world by assessing the largest 616 of them, and the risks to their inhabitants.[read more]

Imagining the City That Locks its Children Indoors

December 18, 2013 by Mark K Ames

City Street Safety

Imagine a city that locks its children indoors. A city that knows of the danger that can damage its young citizens, but would rather accommodate that danger than look after its own. Imagine a city where there's no space for children to play, but you can always park your car. Are you imagining Amsterdam?[read more]

IJburg, Amsterdam: Innovative Neighborhood on Artificial Islands

November 15, 2013 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Floating Innovation in Amsterdam

IJburg is a unique urban planning experiment that consisted of creating a neighborhood from scratch, and is one of the newest neighborhoods in Amsterdam, where there is scarce developable land, and the creation of a new neighborhood is a long and expensive process.[read more]

Amsterdam-Noord: From Abandoned Shipyard to Amsterdam's Creative District

October 30, 2013 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Amsterdam Shipyard Transformation

Amsterdam-Noord (or North Amsterdam) has undergone significant changes during the past decade, becoming a thriving creative district, but this wasn’t always the case. It used to be a rather undesirable area where lower income workers could find cheap rent.[read more]

Environmentally Friendly Traffic Jams?

Biking Infrastructure

Voted the world’s best city for biking, Amsterdam’s wild success encouraging citizens into one of the best modes of transport available has led to bike-traffic congestion during rush hour, and a serious shortage of bicycle parking spaces. That’s right, Amsterdam has bike jams.[read more]

Turning Amsterdam Houseboats into a Creative Eco-Hub

July 16, 2013 by This Big City

Amsterdam Houseboat Eco-Hub

What’s your workplace like? Though the buildings and spaces we work in can vary considerably, chances are you aren’t working in an environmentally-friendly creative cluster made from discarded houseboats.[read more]

5 Amsterdam Ideas That Could Work in Cape Town

July 3, 2013 by Future Cape Town

Urban Biking in Cape Town too?

The Dutch showed us how to push the sea back from the Castle, gave us the gorgeous gables of Cape Dutch architecture and provided the base for one of our indigenous languages.[read more]

Public Transit: Can Britain Catch Up to Dutch Biking?

June 18, 2013 by Mark K Ames

Dutch City Biking

On the 4th March 2013, Andrew Gilligan, the Mayor of London's Cycling Commissioner, stated that "it took 40 years to turn Amsterdam in to Amsterdam". But it will take even longer to turn London in to a cycling nirvana.[read more]

Collective Approaches to Local Entrepreneurship

March 10, 2013 by Urban Times

Van der Pek, Amsterdam

The rise of automobiles, franchises and Internet shopping has forced many out of business or into niches that don’t correspond with the needs of their local communities.[read more]

What's Important for Biking in Your City?

February 22, 2012 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Even in cold weather, Amsterdam has a successful biking culture, proving that climate does not always deter cyclists. Photo by Bauke Karel. Biking and walking infrastructure is often evaluated from the point of view of the planners. To get more public input on these topics, the Mineta Transportation Institute recently...[read more]

5 of the Best Bicycle Blog Posts of 2011

December 28, 2011 by This Big City

Here at This Big City, we believe that encouraging bicycle use is a key ingredient in developing more sustainable cities. We’ve featured hundreds of articles on that topic in 2011, and here’s 5 of the best: Making Cycling Safer – What Does the Research Tell us? As cycling becomes more popular in cities all over the globe, shouldn’t we...[read more]