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WWF's Living Planet Report Paints Stark Picture of Unsustainable Development

September 30, 2014 by David Thorpe

A Signpost to One Planet Living

By expanding cities, cutting down forests and overfishing the seas, humanity has caused a 52% decline in the population of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish since 1970. This is the staggering and sobering headline fact to leap out of the latest Living Planet Report from WWF.[read more]

Building the City of the Future Through Smart, Connected Urban Transport

September 30, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Cities and the Future of Transport

The concept of smart, connected transport is a hot topic among city leaders looking to ride the wave of innovation to more sustainable, prosperous cities. Despite this, building a truly smart and interconnected urban transport system is more than most cities can hope to do all at once.[read more]

'Inevitably Urban' and the Role of the People

September 30, 2014 by Chuck Wolfe

People and Urbanism

These times seem so inevitably urban. Civic dialogue focuses on the social repercussions of growth, such as affordability of urban housing (“build more“, said last Sunday's Seattle Times), the proper range of housing types, and how residents will travel from here to there.[read more]

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Drive to End Ignorance on Energy Amongst Public and Professionals

September 29, 2014 by David Thorpe

Dr Kerry Mashford, CEO, National Energy Foundation

How much do you know about energy in buildings? According to a new poll, most people don't know nearly enough. So in the UK Dr Kerry Mashford, CEO, National Energy Foundation wants a national drive to increase understanding of energy use reduction, and your help is needed.[read more]

One Billion Pounds of Electronic Waste: a Recycling Milestone for Best Buy

September 27, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Tech Waste and Recycling

The waste of electronic equipment usually contains toxic compounds and requires special handling. That special handling cost money, so if you’re going to collect these materials, you’d better have a good idea of who’ll buy them from you (hopefully, at a profit).[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]

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]

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The Cities That Are Leading on Climate Change

September 24, 2014 by David Thorpe

Monday's awards ceremony

The winners of the second annual City Climate Leadership Awards were revealed on Monday night by C40 and Siemens at an award ceremony in New York City. The Awards recognize cities all over the world that have achieved excellence in urban sustainability and leadership in the fight against climate change.[read more]

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UK's Most Congested City to Get Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Network

September 23, 2014 by David Thorpe

Artist impression of part of the scheme

Work should finally be getting underway soon for Bristol's £200 million ‘Metrobus’ bus rapid transit (BRT) network, following completion of all the relevant planning applications and an announcement of funding from central government. Bristol was named as the "most congested city in England" in the 2012 Congestion Index.[read more]

Sustainability, Adaptation, Resilience, Building Integrated Agriculture and a Black Eye

September 22, 2014 by Oscar Rodriguez
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Urbanism and a Black Eye

If "resilience" is to be the next "thing" in climate change discourse, we should be aware that it implies a war-like footing. If climate change and resource constriction are challenges to be fought, we should be careful in our choice of "guard hands" and look to approaches that offer flexibility.[read more]

Decoding the Place Between Places

September 22, 2014 by Chuck Wolfe
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In-Between Spaces

Many promote urban walkability, but for several years, I have focused on inter-urban, or, even inter-settlement walkability. Strolls through such “places between” not only highlight the virtues of walking itself, but also invoke the universal transitions between distinct locales and the amorphous rural countryside.[read more]

Lagos State Amends Urban Regional Planning and Development Law

September 22, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Lagos Planning and Legislation

Lagos's State Governor signed into law a bill amending the Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law. The amended law lifted the restriction on employment of General Manager of the State’s Urban Renewal Authority, making other professionals in urban renewal and development eligible for the position.[read more]