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Why Cities Need to Address River Flooding Now

Cities and Flood Risk

Cities contribute 70% of energy-related greenhouse emissions and play an essential role in climate change mitigation. However, since average global temperatures are already rising and the effects of climate change are becoming increasingly palpable around the world, cities also need to focus on adaptation.[read more]

Apples and Tomatoes: Comparing Community Gardens and Municipally Sponsored Urban Agriculture

March 14, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Urban Gardens and Agriculture

 

If a city wants to feed itself, which is more effective: community gardens or municipal growing projects? Darrin Nordahl Believes it's the city government, but the examples in his book Public Produce: the New Urban Agriculture, actually say otherwise.. So which is true?[read more]

Rising Sea Levels: Designing A Future To Save San Francisco

March 12, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Imaginative solutions to the threat of rising sea levels

The year is 2072 and higher San Francisco is an island – unless measures are taken to address the impact of rising sea levels. A competition has thrown up some imaginative solutions to the threat of rising sea levels from which other coastal cities can learn.[read more]

5 Things To Remember When Buying Home Appliances

March 1, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Home Appliance Tips

Need to replace a fridge, a washer, a hot water heater, or another appliance in your home? Sorry to hear that: that’s almost always an extra expense that we hadn’t included in the budget. Because we depend on these machines for necessary functions in our homes, it’s tempting to rush out and buy the first thing.[read more]

COSMO Is Ready to Party

February 28, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Young Architects and Innovation

 

The ingenious winner of this year’s Young Architects Program at the New York City’s MOMA PS1 is COSMO, a mobile, transparent, and artful system for purifying wastewater. The machine aims to make visible the process of cleaning dirty water, exposing the value of this vital natural resources in the process.[read more]

Mario Schjetnan Dissects the Deeper Meaning of Place

February 27, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Place and meaning in Mexico

Pioneering Mexican landscape architect, architect, and urban designer Mario Schjetnan, FASLA, who recently spoke at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, is recognized for his built works that are fueled by a deep concern for the cities of his native Mexico.[read more]

City Ecology: There Are Egrets Near the Empire State Building

February 27, 2015 by The Nature of Cities
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You wouldn't believe where nature can thrive.

New York Harbor is a thriving natural habitat. The mixing of fresh and salt waters, combined with a rich flow of nutrients from its watershed, makes visibility poor, and hides its vitality. It is easy to make cocktail conversation about eels, oysters, humpback whales (whales!) and the other remarkable creatures that share New York City with its people.[read more]

There’s How Much Plastic In The Ocean? [INFOGRAPHIC]

February 27, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Ocean Plastic and Water Health

We’ve taken a look at a number of ventures aimed at making use of plastic in the ocean, and we’d love to believe they could make a sizable dent in this pollution source. But, of course, to determine that, we’ve got to know how much plastic waste we’re putting into these ecosystems.[read more]

Food Ecosystem: Greening up our Plates

February 24, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Ecosystem, Food, and Diet

Every calorie of food we grow, harvest, ship, process, package, chill, cook, eat and throw away uses up resources from the environment: the soil and its nutrients, water, fertiliser, fuel, and so on. It also impacts on the environment by using its waste-absorbing systems.[read more]

The Waste Biz: Using An Anaerobic Digester To Turn Brewery Waste Into Energy

February 22, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Breweries and Waste Recycling

Turning brewery waste into energy isn’t a new idea: all of that spent grain has captured the imagination of waste entrepreneurs before. A partnership between Utah-based Pure Energy Group and Devil’s Canyon Brewery in California, won an award from San Mateo County for diversion of waste from landfills.[read more]

Free Water Risk Tool Helps Businesses Gain Water Security and Save Money

February 20, 2015 by Mark LeChevallier

The Global Water Risk Tool

The Water Risk Monetizer is free, available now for use, and full of potential for advancing local, national and global goals for water conservation and sustainability. It is a product of the U.S. Water Alliance.[read more]

Taking The 4 Liter Challenge To See The Value Of Water

February 18, 2015 by Mark LeChevallier

Water Use Reduction and Conservation

I was recently reading about DIGDEEP, a Los Angeles based human rights nonprofit group that is asking people to rethink the value of water. They are promoting their “4 Liters Challenge,” asking people what they would you do if they could only use 4 liters of water per day.[read more]