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Conservation & Recreation

Lagos: Why I Love Africa's Largest City

February 19, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Loving Lagos

Lagos is a melting pot of cultures, tribes, races and people. How each one of us experiences this city is different. From visitors and returnees to residents and indigenes everyone has a reason for their love for ‘their’ Lagos. This is the experience of the city through the eyes of the people who call it home.[read more]

Taking The 4 Liter Challenge To See The Value Of Water

February 18, 2015 by Mark LeChevallier

Water Use Reduction and Conservation

I was recently reading about DIGDEEP, a Los Angeles based human rights nonprofit group that is asking people to rethink the value of water. They are promoting their “4 Liters Challenge,” asking people what they would you do if they could only use 4 liters of water per day.[read more]

The Future of the Library

February 17, 2015 by Taz Loomans

Libraries and Future Public Spaces

Thanks to Google, e-books,, and book store cafés among other factors, libraries are changing at a breakneck speed. Libraries used to be where you looked things up, and now you can look anything up practically at any time. But what about the community development role of the library in society?[read more]

'I Want to Ride the Pink Bus': The Problem with Public Transport's Public Image

February 17, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Bus Transport's PR Problem

In many parts of the world, the bus is suffering from a public image crisis. According to a report by the US Federal Transit Administration, many people already look down on public transport in general, and the bus in particular is often seen as slow, inconvenient, and uncomfortable.[read more]

Are Families Choosing Walkable Communities?

February 16, 2015 by Bradley Calvert

Families and Walkable Cities

We are well aware of the young professional boom in our largest cities and walkable communities. But are families choosing these communities as well? We looked at the 50 largest cities to see if families are choosing to live in some of our most walkable communities.[read more]

Unintended Consequences Can Be Opportunities for Conservation

February 16, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Intentions and Conservation

Many of the United Kingdom’s most spectacular urban wetlands are the unintended consequences of industrial activities. Are there abandoned industrial sites in your city that present an opportunity to be turned into nature reserves to increase resilience, biodiversity and provide social amenities?[read more]

Los Angeles' Metro Public Art Funding: The Benefits of Cultural Planning

February 14, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Public Art Funding in Los Angeles

Art in transit falls within cultural planning, a process which strengthens cultural resources in a community. Just 0.5% of Los Angeles' Metro Rail construction budget goes towards funding public art, while other cities allocate up to 5%.[read more]

Home Design: The Sliding House

February 14, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Sliding House Design

Built as a place to retire, the Sliding House consists of a building envelope with fairly typical punched windows that physically slides overtop of a minimal glass structure. This allows the building to adapt to the changing seasons (or to the moods of its occupants).[read more]

Bogotá, Colombia Celebrates its 15th Annual Car-Free Day

February 13, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Bogotá and Car-Free Days

Recently, Bogotá, Colombia celebrated the 15th anniversary of its annual car-free day. Between 5am and 7:30pm, residents left their cars behind and turned to a variety of other modes of transport—a symbolic act that 63 percent of citizens institutionalized through a public referendum in October 2000.[read more]

The Story Behind Vancouver's Oldest Music Club

February 13, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Vancouver Music Club History

Once upon a time, Vancouver was home to many live music clubs and ballrooms where celebrated musicians played and even launched their careers. All gone now, but one old girl still reigns supreme. Even though she is almost 85 years old, The Commodore Ballroom has been hosting musicians since 1929.[read more]

Would A Rewards Program Encourage You To Recycle More?

February 12, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Recycling and Rewards

A lot of people wonder why they don’t get paid for recyclable materials – after all, there is a market for these materials. But, in essence, we do: we get paid in the convenience of curbside and single-stream programs. We’ve always had the option of taking materials to a recycler ourselves, but, by and large, we don’t.[read more]

Five of the Fastest, Tallest, Largest and Newest African Icons for 2015

February 10, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Africa is modernising faster than you think.


The rapid growth of cities and urban areas across the vast continent of Africa – both in terms of population, and in terms of the built and physical environment – is provoking big new designs. While some of these may be questionable, here are some of the developments worth watching in 2015.[read more]