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Conservation & Recreation

Interrupting the Ordinary: PARK(ing) Day in Houston

October 1, 2014 by Allyn West

Public Space Innovation

The first PARK(ing) Day was in 2005 in San Francisco. It lasted just two hours. A group from art and design studio Rebar fed the meter, put down sod, a bench, and a tree for two hours --- as much time as they could buy --- and then packed it all up.[read more]

How to Save America from a Future That Lacks Water

September 30, 2014 by Mark LeChevallier

America and Water Needs

Many households wish to conserve water but lack the knowledge, time and resources. We’ve all seen a number of long lists of water-saving tips that leave us unsure which actions are actually making an impact. Well, I’m going to share with you a short list of the most effective water-saving tips.[read more]

PARK(ing) Day 2014 Around the World

September 29, 2014 by Jillian Glover

Parks and PARK(ing) Day

The mission of PARK(ing) Day, which started in San Francisco in 2005, is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat. It has since has evolved into a global movement.[read more]

How Are You Being Shaped?

September 28, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly
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Cities and Shape

"We shape the cities, and then our cities shape us." That’s one of my favorite lines from the documentary The Human Scale. I like it because I don’t think many of us think enough about the way in which the built environment — that we create — ultimately goes on to influence the way we live our lives.[read more]

What Burning Man Taught Me About Cities

September 27, 2014 by This Big City

Burning Man and Cities

Recently 68,000 people traveled to a desert in Nevada to build a city. Within a few weeks, there will be no remains of the city: Every structure, tent, bicycle, glow stick, and piece of trash will be gone. As a first time visitor, I initially found Burning Man to be like the SimCity of social experimentation.[read more]

Bicycle Use in Toulouse, Midi-Pyrénées, France: A Precarious Future?

September 27, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Bike Use in Tououse

Is the number of people who use the bicycle as a form of transportation becoming larger and larger in the Toulouse metropolitan area? It would appear so based on reading the figures gathered and published by two local bike advocacy groups.[read more]

In Photos: Bolivia's Day of the Pedestrian and Cyclist

September 27, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Bolivia Urban Walkability

On the first Sunday in September, 2014, cities across Bolivia closed their roads for the fourth annual “Day of the Pedestrian and Cyclist in Defense of Mother Earth.” The event, often referred to simply as the “Day of the Pedestrian,” is an expanded version of the ciclovías held in many cities.[read more]

The Portlandia Paradox

September 26, 2014 by Jim Russell

Portlandia and Migration

Claire Cain Miller poked the hornet’s nest of Portlandia boosters with “Will Portland Always Be a Retirement Community for the Young?” in the New York Times Magazine. At issue is Portland, Oregon, as a model of economic development.[read more]

In Brussels, Belgium, the Demolition of an Overpass Will Give Neighborhood New Life

September 25, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Roads and Neighborhoods

The Reyers overpass situated in Shaerbeek will be destroyed between now and 2015. Brussels Ministers came to the agreement this Thursday during their beginning-of-the-school-year meeting. And so in Brussels, a page turns for this badly-aged, forty year-old work of art.[read more]

Dimensioning Pedestrian Happiness

September 25, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Designing for Pedestrians

The area that stretches between the property line on one side of a street and the property line on the other side of a street is called a public right-of-way here in Toronto. It may actually be called something entirely different in other cities and countries.[read more]

Pressure Builds on World Leaders to Act on Climate Change

September 25, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

People's Climate March and Political Pressure

In the wake of the world’s largest global protest on climate change — with some 300,000 people marching in New York City, 120 world leaders met at the United Nations in an effort to build political momentum for a legally-binding global agreement on climate change next year in Paris.[read more]

Open House: Take a Look Inside London's Most Inspiring Buildings

September 24, 2014 by This Big City

London Architecture and Inspiration

It’s that time of year again – when buildings across London open their doors to the general public as part of Open House London. Over 800 buildings are involved, alongside a program of neighborhood walks, engineering and landscape tours, bike rides and expert talks.[read more]