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Conservation & Recreation

Using Iconic Species to Mobilize Support for Conserving Urban Wildlife Habitats

May 24, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

The Portland Heron and Portland's Mayor

Since Portland City Council declared the Great Blue Heron Portland’s official bird, every year a proclamation ends with city commitments to undertake habitat acquisition, restoration and management during the coming year to protect and improve heron habitat and, by extension, fish and wildlife habitat generally throughout the city.[read more]

The 6 Rules of Making Attractive City [VIDEO]

May 22, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Creating Urban Appeal

This short, brilliant video is a manifesto featuring Alain de Botton, the founder of London’s The School of Life, who explains how to make attractive cities with six fundamental rules. Botton explains that city planners should identify more scientifically the principles that determine how a city gets to become ugly or pretty.[read more]

Blue Urbanism: The Next Frontier For Linking People In Cities to Nature

May 22, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Blue Urbanism book review

Cities should be designed in a way to enable citizens to have daily contact with the natural world. Since we're 70% water this book suggests ways to bring the 'blue belt' closer to us through amazing examples and practical suggestions from all over the world.[read more]

6 River Cities Offering Lessons in Resilience and How to Adapt to Climate Change

May 22, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Los Angeles River Revitalization 

In the era of climate change, cities with rivers can find creative responses to a changing environment. Each river city has a dynamic relationship with its river, so communities that depend on them must always strive to improve their adaptability and resilience. Here are several examples.[read more]

Three Ways Public Spaces Can Make Cities More Vibrant

Urban life is currently undergoing a transformation in cities worldwide. Through changing land use policies, high speed rail, and new technologies that foster online interaction, urban streets and public spaces are regaining their vitality. Here are three key reasons why we need to recognize the value of public spaces in creating cities for people.[read more]

Everything You Wanted to Know About Tactical Urbanism

May 21, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Tactical Urbanism book cover

Tactical Urbanism: Short-term Action for Long-term Change, a new book by urban planners Mike Lydon and Anthony Garcia is the first book to really organize all the small fixes that seem to have spontaneously sprung up in so many communities in a way that everyone can understand: a lack of safe sidewalks or crosswalks; the absence of clear signage; the dearth of neighborhood parks and plazas, and the lack of community connection and solidarity.[read more]

Brightwater: Infrastructure from the Future

May 17, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Water Infrastructure

Imagine a wastewater treatment facility where people get married, amid 40-acres of restored salmon habitat with designed ponds and wetlands. It sounds far-fetched but it’s reality in Snohomish County, Washington, near the border with King County, about an hour northeast from downtown Seattle.[read more]

The Perfect High Street

May 17, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

High Streets and Design

How do you create and maintain a thriving high street in this era of increasing online shopping? This was one of the questions that Monocle asked at its recent Quality of Life Conference in Lisbon, along with an interesting video with its recommendations.[read more]

The Most Beautiful Boulevard: Austria, Vienna Celebrates Ringstrasse's 150th Birthday

Ringstrasse and History

With its museums, austere Habsburg palaces, and the soaring spires of government offices more beautiful than most cathedrals, Austria’s capital city is breathtaking. Visitors to central Vienna are often left enchanted by the Ringstrasse, the historic ring road encircling the city’s innermost district.[read more]

Dubai Charity Builds New Cycles from Old, Donates Bikes to Refugees

May 16, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Cheri is very pleased with her Charicycle

There are many organizations around the world repairing, upcycling, or otherwise putting good, used bicycles into the hands of those who can’t afford a new one. But in Dubai? Yes! Meet Charicycles, a Dubai-based startup that remakes bikes into customized transportation.[read more]

The Fight Begins for Sidewalks in Sao Paolo

Sao Paulo needs sidewalks

For a long time São Paulo, Brazil has suffered from a lack of quality sidewalks. However, the achievement of ciclovias (cycle lanes) in the city has begun to generate a broader discussion about active mobility. Thus the Association for Mobility on Foot in São Paulo was born.[read more]

The Hawaiian Resort Serving Fresh Food From Its Own Hydroponics Garden

Hawaii and Local Food Innovation

The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa in the state of Hawaii has all the amenities you would expect at a Hawaiian resort: a golf course, a pool, scenic ocean views. But there is also one amenity you wouldn’t expect— a working hydroponic garden which grows the food they serve.[read more]