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Christmas Gifts for the Little Urbanist

December 20, 2014 by Jillian Glover

Urbanist Gift Ideas

Your grandpa played with toy trains. Your mom loved her wooden school bus. You loved to construct public buildings out of Lego, and now your kid can’t stop reading Richard Scarry books. Whether or not we realize it, children are fascinated by how a city works.[read more]

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Living the One Planet Life at the UK's 15 year old Sustainable Community

December 19, 2014 by David Thorpe

Dream home?

Hockerton housing cooperative is one of the UK's best-known example of one planet living. Five households have been forging a new way of living there for 15 years that is more sustainable than most, and self-sufficient in energy, water, sewage treatment and much food. They also run courses, both online and offline, and accept site visits.[read more]

A Playful Plaza: Bringing Imagination and New Life to Downtown Providence

December 19, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces
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Playful Public Plaza in Providence

How Burnside Park was reinvented by a project that knitted together disconnected spaces to fill them with a diverse range of uses and activities, and a new identity for the entire district, begun by giving it a new name: Greater Kennedy Plaza.[read more]

The Need to Visualize Public Transit Data for Better Bus Systems in India

December 18, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

India Transit Data

Over the past decade, many transit agencies in Indian cities have implemented information technology services (ITS) to improve bus planning and operations in urban areas. However, using such technologies alone does not guarantee tangible improvements in level of service.[read more]

Q&A: Robert Egger on Food Security and the Aging Population

December 17, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Food Access and Aging

Robert Egger is the Founder and President of L.A. Kitchen, a culinary arts job training program for people coming out of foster care and incarceration. He also launched D.C. Central Kitchen, a similar effort, in 1989. L.A. Kitchen is currently in pilot phase and will launch in a new space in 2015.[read more]

Interview with William Wenk on Denver's Efforts to Become a More Sustainable City

December 17, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Denver Sustainability Efforts

Adaptive resuse is messy, but it’s a wonderfully rich way of way of thinking about the world. The world is not a clean and tidy place. The landscapes a lot of us want to live in aren’t necessarily clean and tidy, but they’re vital. They’re alive. This line of thinking can lead us toward the next generation of urban landscapes.[read more]

Cutting The Cord Without Blowing Up The Power Bill [INFOGRAPHIC]

December 17, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Saving Energy and Money at Home

I’ve been pushing the concept of “cutting the cord” at home: that is, getting rid of cable, and instead using an antenna and streaming device in conjunction with our wireless internet for our television entertainment. It would definitely save us money, but I hadn’t thought about what it might do to our electricity use.[read more]

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How to Save Millions on Air Conditioning by Designing Passively Cooled Buildings

December 16, 2014 by David Thorpe

A wind tower on a building used for night cooling.

Air conditioning is by far the greatest consumer of electricity in buildings in hot countries, but architects can use passive solar techniques to keep them cool, and in many cases successfully eliminate the need for expensive air conditioning.[read more]

Increasing Mode Share of Bus Transport in Indian Cities

December 16, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Urban India Bus Transport

Like many cities around the world, Indian cities are experiencing urbanization, motorization, and increasing congestion. Coupled with declining public transport use and infrastructure expenditures that promote a car culture by building roads, Indian cities are losing out on the standard of living that residents deserve.[read more]

Recognition of Slum Dwellers is Essential for Urban Development in Nairobi, Kenya

December 15, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Kenya and Informal Communities

In colonial Africa, Africans were limited to living in segregated, poorly planned areas. After independence, in cities like Accra, Lusaka, and Harare rich Africans moved to European and Asian residential areas, while the poor (and increasing urban migrants) were in the crowded former reserves.[read more]

Nonprofit Spinoff Looks to 'Bring Detroit Back' Via Food Entrepreneurship

December 14, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Detroit and Food Entrepreneurship

As the sustainable agriculture movement has flourished in the United States, so has the need to support the local food movement in concrete and productive ways. Hopeful Harvest Foods, an offshoot of the influential Forgotten Harvest of metro Detroit, is coming up with practical solutions to do just that.[read more]

No Credit Card Needed for Community Access Bikeshare in Ontario, Canada

December 13, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Ontario Bikeshare

Summer 2013 saw the birth of a new breed of bikesharing: Community Access Bikeshare, or CAB, located in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Now just a year down the line, this modest bikeshare has countless ambitions to put community-based cycling infrastructure on the map.[read more]