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Conservation & Recreation

Line Ramstad's Democracy Through Design

October 15, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Democracy and Design

“Do no harm.” These are the wise and important words echoed again and again by Line Ramstad, the Norwegian-born designer who since 2009 has lived and worked in a refugee camp in a disputed zone near the border of Thailand and Burma.[read more]

Urban Protected Areas: Important for Urban People, Important for Nature Conservation Globally

October 15, 2014 by The Nature of Cities
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Urban Protected Areas

The international conservation movement traditionally has concentrated on protecting things like large, remote areas that have relatively intact natural ecosystems. It has given a lot less attention to urban places and urban people, however.[read more]

Environmentalist Hopes to Bring Eco-Tourism to Touques River in Northern France

October 14, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

French Ecotourism

A meeting with Emmanuel Schmitt, a 23-year old naturalist from Deauville, reveals a passion for the biodiversity of the marshes of the Touques River as well as that of the Côte Fleurie. He hopes to develop a type of local tourism that is focused on nature.[read more]

Five Ways to Organize Fundamental Sustainability Change

October 14, 2014 by This Big City
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Urban Sustainability and Change

Cities offer a promising intervention level for decisive local action to address sustainability challenges, especially in terms of policy and societal action. City officials are, however, often confronted with the limitations of the policy instruments available to them.[read more]

Engaging Pittsburgh's Bus Stops: Bus Stops as Public Spaces

October 14, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces

Pittsburgh Bus Stop Placemaking

As the host of 18th Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference in Pittsburgh, PA, Project for Public Spaces vowed to install community-based Lighter-Quicker-Cheaper (LQC) projects that brought placemaking to Pittsburgh and connected our conference to the community.[read more]

Are Millennials Willing to Spend Most of Their Income on Housing?

October 13, 2014 by Jim Russell

Millenials and Housing Costs

"In a 10-city study released Monday, Cushman finds that the explosion of new offices and condos in downtown cores is taking place from Mexico City to New York, Chicago and Washington, driven largely by millennials keen to live close to their work."[read more]

What Links Mark Cavendish, Illusive Medals and a Nazi-Fighting Columbian Drug Lord?

October 12, 2014 by Mark K Ames

Biking and History

2012 wasn't the first time Britain had hosted the Olympics, nor even the second time; London is the only city to have ever played host to the Games three times. In the summer of 1948 the country was still under rations, and great swathes of London remained obliterated following the war.[read more]

Rotterdam Reinvents the Urban Food Market

October 11, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Rotterdam Urban Food Market

Every now and then a piece of architecture comes along that makes you feel like your city should be more beautiful — or at least very least: bolder. In this case, it’s the new Market Hall in Rotterdam, which has been making the rounds on the internet since it opened last week.[read more]

Voices of the City: Anja van der Spuy

October 10, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Urban Life and Voices

Voices of the City is a weekly feature that spotlights the everyday lives of citizens, living and working in the city. This week we hear from Anja van der Spuy, a social media manager at The Publishing Partnership in the CBD. Anja is originally from Paarl and studied at the Red & Yellow in Cape Town.[read more]

Five of the Best Placemaking Initiatives in the US

October 9, 2014 by This Big City

Great Placemaking

Many cities such as New York, Boston, Montreal and Copenhagen have created public playgrounds by installing swings for their communities (both adults and children) to play with for leisure, making the public space a friendly and creative place to be.[read more]

Bhopal Becomes India's Fifth City to Join the Car-Free Raahgiri Movement

October 9, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Raahgiri Day in Bhopal

Bhopal became the fifth city in India to implement the weekly open streets movement, Raahgiri Day. Organized by the Bhopal Municipal Corporation, Traffic Police, and Bhopal City Link Ltd. in collaboration with EMBARQ India, the event began at 6am and witnessed an overwhelming first day turnout.[read more]

The Story of Congress Square Park: How A Derelict Plaza Got a New Identity Downtown

October 8, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces

Congress Square Park

Many great public spaces have grown out of communities resisting development. It is the evolution from opposition to proactive visioning that often makes the opposition successful. Congress Square, and the community around it, are forging this story of transformation.[read more]