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Conservation & Recreation

For the Love of Cape Town

April 28, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

To your left, you’re greeted by Disa Park as you make your way to the city. Traces of white walled homes, up there, in Devil’s Peak and Vredehoek, along the slopes of Table Mountain, merge seamlessly with the subdued greys of Tamboerskloof.[read more]

Chinese Informal Settlement Honored in Modernization

April 27, 2015 by Gerdo Aquino

Dachong - a converted informal settlement

Without enforcement of city building codes and regulations, China's urban villages contain high-density housing through the construction of additional floors to maximize their profitable rental space. Dachong Village, in Shenzhen, China, is the largest urban village transformation project in the world’s fastest-growing city, to convert an informal settlement into a great place to live.[read more]

City Walk Saturdays Kick-Starts New Storytelling Route for Cape Town

April 26, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

City Walk Cape Town

The lively event featured Capoeira, tango and swing dance sessions, a tranquillity zone with meditation and yoga, jumping castles and kids storytelling time. Skateboarders whizzed through the space and curious squirrels watched as giant scrabble and pavement chalk unfolded.[read more]

Brussels, Belgium's Latest Music Festival: The Sustainable Paradise City

April 26, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Sustainable Music Festivals

It’s that time of year again: the moment when Belgian music festivals reveal their programs. And this year, a number of them have taken to riding the wave of environmentalism. Besides LaSemo and Esperanzah, the latest to enter this group is Paradise City Festival.[read more]

From Stadiums to Public Parks, the Impacts of Space for Sports in Cities

Cities Need Places to Play

Professional sports typically take place in expensive stadiums, which are expected to draw crowds of fans and consumers. On the other hand, amateur sports happen at a much more local level. Sports often play a large role in cities and frequently receive a lot of attention from both elected officials and the public.[read more]

Explore Your Neighbourhood During a Jane's Walk

April 24, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

Inspired by walking activist Jane Jacobs

The first weekend in May is Jane's Walk weekend! Read this Walking Story by Jane's Walk Vienna organizer Andreas Lindinger about the ideas behind the global Jane's Walk movement and what motivates him to run the show in Vienna.[read more]

What Makes a Great Street? Tell Us Here!

April 24, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

How to Design Great Streets

Streets are our most fundamental shared public spaces, but they are also one of the most contested and overlooked. When streets are great places, they encourage people to linger, to socialize, and to truly experience the unique culture and character of a particular street.[read more]

"Downtown East" Project Revitalizing Downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota

April 23, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Reviving Downtowns

The Downtown East Development project in Minneapolis, Minnesota is revitalizing an aging portion of the city. Situated between the city’s Central Business District and the Mississippi Riverfront in the Mills District, this mixed-use development sits in a prime location.[read more]

Five Cities Show the Future of Walkability

Urban Walkability and Innovation

To walk in our cities is more than just a simple act of transport. Walking represents an appropriation of urban space for daily life. It means being an active part of the urban environment by learning, understanding and shaping the city on a personal level.[read more]

Collected Ideas That Bring Hope for a Greener, Healthier World

April 22, 2015 by Kaid Benfield

Green Ideas and Inspiration

I can't think of a better time to review Jared Green's new book, 'Designed for the Future,' than the week of Earth Day. This highly accessible volume, subtitled '80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World,' contains short essays and beautiful photos solicited and edited by Green and describing wonderful examples.[read more]

Vienna vs. London: Differences while Walking the City

April 22, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

Walking in Vienna and London

How can very different cities be experienced while moving through them on foot? We present to you here a Walking Story about two different cities and experiences: Walking in London versus walking in Vienna, by Walk21 Ambassador Eugene Quinn.[read more]

Which City is Cleaning up? Find out the World's Cleanest Cities [INFOGRAPHIC]

April 22, 2015 by Dan Sharp

What are the Cleanest Cities?

We (unsurprisingly) love things nice and clean! There’s a feeling of pride when your house shines and sparkles, and we’re proud that our fantastic cleaners help make that happen for you! It got us thinking too about the things we’re proud to see shine, like the cities we live in.[read more]