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We Need A Definition of Nearly Zero Energy Buildings

November 28, 2014 by David Thorpe

Low energy house types in Europe

A European study on the cost effectiveness of deep renovation of existing buildings contains recommendations for individual member states and says a definition of nearly Zero Energy Buildings is needed so designers and architects know what to aim for.[read more]

Two Genius Bike-Parking Ideas Give Cyclists a Care-Free Commute

November 28, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Bike Parking Systems

For urban commuters, a safe place to store their bike can be the difference between choosing to cycle and needing to drive. Even in bicycle-friendly cities, cyclists can still face the challenge of having to lug their bike on public transport, or having to take their bike inside their office to prevent it from being stolen.[read more]

Simulating Landscapes with Point Cloud Models

November 28, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Simulating Landscapes

We need to find a word that brings us back to common ground. In a lecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Christope Girot, professor and chair of landscape architecture in the architecture department at the ETH, suggests that “topology” may be the word.[read more]

Women in Food: Maine Activist Connects the Dots Between Food and Human Rights

November 28, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Food and Human Rights

Human trafficking, justice, the environment and sustainability all have one thing in common, says community visionary Lillian Lake of Lewiston, Maine: food. “Everything comes back to food,” says Lake, who writes, consults and engages in policy development toward a goal of affordable and just sustainability.[read more]

New Urban Agriculture Regulations Sprouting in Los Angeles, California

November 28, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Urban Agriculture in LA

 

It appears that urban agriculture is in full swing in Los Angeles, California. In particular, there are several highly innovative pieces of legislation regarding urban agriculture that have recently come onto the political horizon, and could greatly affect this burgeoning field.[read more]

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Royal Society Warns Cities To Prepare for Climate Change

November 27, 2014 by David Thorpe

Cities will bear the brunt of climate change. Some already do.

Governments are being called on to develop resilience strategies for cities to combat the double effects of a rising and ageing population and climate change, in a new report from the Royal Society. The report examines the effect of extremes of weather and climate, in particular floods, droughts and heat waves on people living in cities and outlines how improvements could be made to protect them by comparing the options available.[read more]

Study in Calgary, Canada Hopes to Improve Future Waste Water Treatment

November 27, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Water Treatment in Canada

Lee Jackson, a professor in the University of Calgary’s department of biological sciences, is currently doing a project with his students concerning the treatment of waste water. The study aims to eliminate the hormones and chemical products contained in drinking water, which can cause certain health problems.[read more]

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An Area the Size of the European Union is Used for Urban Agriculture

November 26, 2014 by David Thorpe

... but more is needed to feed the world.

A new study has found that an area greater than the size of the European Union is being used already around and within cities worldwide to grow food. Nevertheless with one third of the area of cities needing to be set aside for growing food more needs to be done to protect and encourage this.[read more]

Could Sliding Scale Home Purchases Work?

November 26, 2014 by Kristen Jeffers

Home Pricing Methods

There is a host of calculators out there for people to use to calculate how much home they can afford. Put in the affordable amount and you can discover exactly what level of house you can afford. What if that magic number was the only number you needed to get a house or an apartment?[read more]

Breath of Fresh Air?

November 26, 2014 by Glenn Vowles

Air Quality in Cities

Air is polluted when substances, energy or effects with the potential to harm are released into what you breathe. Air pollutants cause you harm such as loss of health, comfort, stability and amenity - and may poison you due to their toxicity. They can harm species growth and damage food chains/webs in ecosystems.[read more]

Architecture Is for Everyone

November 26, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Architecture for All

At the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD), Interboro Partners, an interdisciplinary and relatively young firm of three GSD alums Tobias Armborst, Daniel D’Oca, and Georgeen Theodore, said “architecture is for everyone.”[read more]

Farmers Unable to Water Crops in Salazie, Reunion Island Due to Water Rates

November 26, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Water Pricing and Community

In Salazie, Reunion Island, farmers were moved to action. They denounced the lack of water in the commune as well as the tariffs for the water that currently exists. In this period of drought, they criticize both the lack of discussion regarding water extraction and newly-announced water restrictions.[read more]