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Retreating from the Public Good?

July 22, 2014 by Julian Dobson

Public Good and Choice

Near Glasgow there’s a former mining village called Twechar. Inspired by the Incredible Edible movement, they decided they wanted to ‘do a Todmorden’ and turn unpromising public areas into colourful growing spaces. The local authority thought Edible Twechar was a wonderful idea.[read more]

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Ten Ways to Manage Flood Risk by Designing for Exceedance

July 22, 2014 by David Thorpe

Making space for lots of water

Climate change is bringing extremes of weather, amongst the most damaging of which are extreme downpours of precipitation which overwhelm the ability of urban drainage systems to take the water away, and cause flooding. CIRIA has published a set of design guidelines and best practice recommendations for managing the risks.[read more]

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Water: Rising Above The Law Of Supply And Demand

July 21, 2014 by Mark LeChevallier

Water and Supply and Demand

The more people want something, the greater it costs. It applies to everything, from food, to clothing, to real estate and fuel, to top-level positions and even leisure time. It’s the law of supply and demand. It’s a universal rule. Everything is dictated by it; but what about water?[read more]

Why Some Modernist Homes Make Bad Neighbors

July 20, 2014 by Tazmine Loomans

Modern Houses and Neighborhood Style

I grew up as an architect loving modernism and its clean lines, its spartan rectilinear shapes and its honesty of materials. But now that I’ve gotten some distance from my modernism-centric education, I see how modernism can go wrong, especially on a residential scale in established neighborhoods.[read more]

The Queen Victoria Markets: A Social Shopping Experience is Threatened

July 20, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Queen Victoria Markets

A microcosm of life in Melbourne, Queen Victoria Market (QVM) is a 134 year old tradition ingrained within the cultures and communities gathering to shop, eat, play and work. Its regal name, spoken on the lips of people living in or visiting Melbourne, QVM is in no way a pale shadow of the modern supermarket.[read more]

Treating Trees as Actual Infrastructure

July 20, 2014 by Leda Marritz

A couple of weeks ago my brother sent me a link to a story on WNYC about the variable mortality rates for trees that were planted as part of New York City’s Million Trees initiative. We’ve seen the uneven outcomes of planting efforts like these before, and New York is no exception.[read more]

Food Security in the South African Context

July 19, 2014 by Future Cape Town

South Africa and Food Security

Kicking-off the first week of workshops at Department of Design was an examination of food security from the South African perspective. Our first speaker, Mzokhona Mvemve from East London Industrial Development Zone, provided listeners with a synopsis of food security.[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]

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]

5 Tech-Savvy Hacks and Apps to 'Smartify' Indoor Agriculture

Indoor Agriculture Innovation

 

One of the most tech-savvy areas of the sustainable agriculture revolution is indoor agriculture – growing in warehouses, containers and greenhouses using hydroponic, aquaponic and aeroponic systems, and the industry has seen a wave of new technology commercialized of late.[read more]

Meet the Original 'High Line'

July 15, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

High Line Park Innovation

New York’s City’s hugely successful and justly celebrated High Line wasn’t the first elevated urban railroad bed to be converted into a much-loved linear park. Today, as we mark the national holiday of France, let’s also pay tribute to the elevated park in Paris that was the model for the High Line.[read more]

The Ephemeral Village 2014: A Visionary Event in Montreal, Canada

July 15, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Temporary Placemaking

For the second year in a row, the Quebec Urban Design Association (ADUQ) has initiated a call for proposals in order to build an Ephemeral Village 2014. ADUQ’s goal is to transform underused places and turn them into gathering spots, places for experimenting with Montreal’s best: its creativity.[read more]