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Interview with Chris Reed on Stoss' Futuristic Landscapes

January 23, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Futuristic Landscape Architecture

Chris Reed, ASLA, is founding principal of Stoss, which won the National Design Award for landscape architecture in 2012. Reed is Associate Professor in practice of landscape architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His most recent book is 'Projective Ecologies.'[read more]

Living Inside: MONU Magazine Tackles 'Interior Urbanism'

January 23, 2015 by This Big City

Interior Urbanism

In today’s world it seems we find ourselves no longer capable of separating the places of production from places of refuge. This is the great value of discussing the meaning of the “interior” in relation to forces that produce the city and the contemporary urban structures.[read more]

A Tale of Two Cities: Turin and Milan, Italy's Agenda for Urban Innovation

January 23, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Italian Urbanism and Choices

Urban innovation is a term that has swept several major Italian cities. It refers to a city’s ability to reinvent itself through new projects. The concept has come to dominate all strategic planning in places that need to reevaluate themselves. But how do you drive urban innovation in a city?[read more]

Making the Measure: A Toolkit for Tracking the Outcomes of Community Gardens and Urban Farms

January 22, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Community Garden Output Tool

Community gardeners and urban farmers across North America are using an innovative research toolkit developed in New York City to measure and track the impacts of their work. A small group of dedicated gardeners created the toolkit in mid-2013 as part of the Five Borough Farm initiative.[read more]

You Are What You Eat – And So Is a City

January 22, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Fancy mopane worms & caterpillars cooked with chillis?

What happens to traditional local food cultures when urban life steers us towards food that is quick to get hold of (no more hours of slaving over the stove), tasty (packed with sugars, fats and salts that tickle the pleasure centre in the brain) and cheap?[read more]

Who Needs Cars? Smart Mobility Can Make Cities Sustainable

January 21, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Smart Sustainable Mobility

Smart urban mobility has multiple benefits. For one, it helps reduce congestion and improve traffic safety in cities worldwide. Efficient transport systems like bus rapid transit (BRT) save commuters time, reap economic benefits, and reduce the risk of traffic crashes.[read more]

American Footpower: Birth of A Movement for Healthier and Happier Lives

January 21, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces
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Americans and Walking

Big steps toward making it easier for Americans to walk. A movement is being launched across America to encourage more people to walk and to make our communities more walkable, and there are clear signs that more people are walking.[read more]

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The Sustainable Growth Oxymoron

January 19, 2015 by JL Morin
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Is Sustainable Economic Growth Possible?

We do a lot without thinking, like using GDP growth as a standard of excellence. Most 21st century activity is based on a ‘given’ that underpins the soft science of economics: 'Growth is good' -- not just a big assumption, a wrong assumption. Is sustainable economic growth an oxymoron?[read more]

Erie, Pennsylvania Celebrates the City's First LEED Gold Project: The Erie Art Museum

January 17, 2015 by evolve environment::architecture

Erie Art Museum LEED Gold Project

The Erie Art Museum recently hosted a celebration honoring the green building certification awarded by the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program for its recently opened renovation and addition.[read more]

Paint Can Do More to Transform Your City Than You Think

January 16, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Paint, Color, and Urban Transformation

As Mayor of Tirana, Albania, Edi Rama had an unconventional strategy to make his city more livable. When he was elected mayor of Tirana in 2000, Rama directed an army of painters to spread bright colors and creative patterns on buildings throughout the mostly gray city.[read more]

Transport and Health: Walking is Going Places

January 15, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces
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Walking and Urban Transit

Walking is going places. What was once humans’ most common pastime, which had been forsaken for decades as too slow and too much effort, is now being recognized as a health breakthrough, an economic catalyst, and possibly even a route to happiness.[read more]

What Makes a Great Public Market? Nominate Your Favorites

January 14, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

What's your favourite market?

When a place is great, it just clicks. We know it. You know it. These are the places we remember most vividly, the places where serendipitous things always seem to happen, the places to which we return—in the stories we tell if not in person—all throughout our lives.[read more]