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Conservation & Recreation

Creating Spaces for Peace, Dialogue, and Coexistence in Venezuelan Cities

March 18, 2015 by This Big City

Urban Venezuela and Public Spaces


Last year, Venezuela became an urban laboratory for architects and urban designers who believe in the implementation of participatory processes and collaborative design techniques in order to change communities who live under threat.[read more]

Book Review: The New Sustainability Advantage

March 17, 2015 by Derek Wong

Businesses and Sustainability

Proactively incorporating sustainability into a business’ core strategy can increase profits by 51 to 81%, according to corporate sustainability expert and author Bob Willard. His book The New Sustainability Advantage and the companion online tools lay out seven strategies and estimate potential returns.[read more]

Creating Jobs Through Resource Conservation: The Circular Economy

March 17, 2015 by Glenn Vowles

Conservation and Job Creation

Perhaps half-a-million jobs would be created by something as useful as transforming our economy from a take, make, and throwaway one to a genuinely green one which optimizes efficiency, renewability and working with environmental respect.[read more]

Extinction of Experience: Does it Matter?

March 17, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

The Worth of Experience

If our concern is about what we will want to conserve, then we may need to embrace an urban reality. People in the future may work passionately to save a different kind of nature in cities—one that celebrates human’s caring for nature and communities.[read more]


How Embracing the Opportunities of the Green Economy Can Bring Sustainable Growth to Africa

March 16, 2015 by David Thorpe

Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP launching the Green Economy report

A new UNEP report makes the strong case for the importance of the green economy in creating sustainable wealth and growth in Africa. It finds that Africa is already seizing the opportunity to make a transition to the green economy, providing jobs and social benefits as well as protecting vital natural resources.[read more]

Drones Will Elevate Urban Design

March 16, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Drones and Design

The FAA recently released long-awaited guidelines for commercial drones. Despite many skeptics’ expectations of stringent laws that would ground the drone industry in the US, these proposed regulations are pragmatic and will undoubtedly lead to growth and innovation.[read more]

Cape Town: Collaboration is 'Infecting' Our City

March 16, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

This year is promising to be fast-tracked and reverberating with opportunities and challenges. I spent a considerable amount of time in the central city over the past week. There is no doubt that Cape Town is in peak ‘creative season’. The city is buzzing and vibrant with motion on the streets.[read more]

War Declared Between Pedestrians and Cyclists in Toulouse, France

March 15, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Biking and Walking in Toulouse

Sharing public space is a new notion in Toulouse, France, where pedestrian areas and cycling zones are being developed. Coexistence between these two groups is not always peaceful, and citizens believe the situation could potentially deteriorate further.[read more]

What's on Cape Town's Streets in 2015

March 15, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

From Infecting the City and First Thursdays to the Big Walk and Open Streets, we jotted down some of Cape Town’s most iconic and exciting events taking place on the city’s vibrant streets and public spaces in the coming year. We hope to see you there![read more]

Minneapolis, Minnesota's Loring Park Beautifully Mixes Local Culture

March 14, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Minneapolis and Local Culture

Loring Park in Minneapolis experiences an incredible blend of culture and art. It has a prime location; bordered by multiple neighborhoods, academic establishments, downtown, the Convention Center and the Walker Art Center. All of this causes the park to be a hub of diversity for the city of Minneapolis.[read more]

F. Kaid Benfield: How to Create Healthy Environments for People

March 14, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Health and the Environment

“Just as all parts of an ecosystem must be healthy if the system is going to work,” an environment for people — a “people habitat” — must have “homes, shops, businesses, and the environment that fit in a harmonious way,” said urban thinker and author F. Kaid Benfield.[read more]

The Public Arts Festival that Goes Further: Cape Town's Infecting the City

March 12, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Interview with Infecting the City's curator, Jay Pather

The Infecting the City festival is here, bringing our spaces, places and buildings alive through art, performances, music and spatial interrogation. Rashiq Fataar had a chat with the curator, Jay Pather about this year’s event and the lessons thus far.[read more]