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Cities of 2030, Today

January 5, 2015 by Tyler Caine

When we look back in a decade and a half, our familiar surroundings will remind us of a familiar lesson–one just as clear today with a glance back to the turn of the century: most of what we need to build better cities is already here. The cities we can have in 2030 are the cities we could have had today.[read more]

Micro_Urban: The Ecological and Social Potential of Small-Scale Urban Spaces

January 5, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Small-Scale Urban Space

'Micro_urban' spaces are the sandwich spaces between buildings, rooftops, walls, curbs, sidewalk cracks, and other small-scale urban spaces that exist in the fissures between linear infrastructure, e.g. roads, bridges, tunnels, rail lines, and our three dimensional gridded cities.[read more]

Reviewed: A Country of Cities

December 31, 2014 by Tyler Caine

Cities and Economics


In the midst of a global economy migrating towards cities, Vishaan Chakrabarti adds his voice to the drumbeat of density in a pitch for focusing development towards our urban cores. The author focuses his sermon on why dense urban centers are the smart future for human civilization.[read more]

Plastic Trash In The Ocean: How Much Is There? [VIDEO]

December 24, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Plastic Ocean Waste

Plastic trash in the ocean: there’s a lot of it, right? We’ve heard about “garbage gyres.” But what about a number that we can wrap our heads around in terms of the sheer amount of plastic floating around? I certainly haven’t seen one ... at least until this morning.[read more]

How Would You Like to Design a Wildlife Center in Africa?

December 24, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Wildlife and Design

At nearly 19,000 square kilometers, Kruger National Park, which spans both South Africa and Mozambique, is one of the largest wildlife preserves in Sub Saharan Africa. It’s home to thousands of highly endangered elephants, lions, leopards, and rhinoceroses.[read more]


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]

Restoring the Lost Urban Waterways of Montreal, Quebec

December 19, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Waterway Restoration

Is it realistic to think about exhuming or recreating the streams and rivers that have disappeared in the wake of urbanization in the city of Montreal? Over the last few years, this idea has gained traction, even becoming the topic of a documentary in 2012 – with “Lost Rivers,” by Caroline Bacle.[read more]

Architects Hail from New York City and Europe to Talk Urban Resiliency

December 16, 2014 by Tyler Caine

Architects and Urban Resiliency

There are no silver bullets for solving challenges surrounding sustainability. Part of this is due to complexity, some is due there being so many points of view for problem solving, and some responsibility falls on the fact that there are so many different situations around the world with unique contextual conditions.[read more]

U.S. to See More Urban Farming in 2015 as Economics Improve, Consumer Demand Increases, and More Incentives are Added

December 15, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Urban Farming in 2015

Urban agriculture is expected to maintain strong growth in the United States in 2015 as cities and states provide more incentives, more start-up farmers enter the field, smaller operations improve their profitability and consumer demand for locally grown food remains strong.[read more]

How Gravity (And a Little Coagulant) Could Transform How Communities Clean Water

December 8, 2014 by This Big City

Installing the water-purifying device in Honduras.

Purifying water as a safe and healthy resource is a problem that is as old as civilization itself. When people started living together in anything bigger than traveling bands of shepherds and hunters, potable water became a shrinking resource.[read more]


Smart City Tech is Not Yet Living Up To Its Promise to Solve Environmental Problems

December 4, 2014 by David Thorpe

The EIC study looked at 10 British cities as well as others around the world.

A new report into whether ‘smart’ approaches can offer cities more efficient ways to tackle entrenched environmental challenges finds a disappointing lack of evidence that they are making a difference.[read more]

Barangaroo Comes Together

December 2, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Sydney Waterfront Development

After a decade of planning and development, Barangaroo, a 22-hectare port on the Sydney waterfront, is coming together as a rich, $6 billion, mixed-use development that will fill in missing gaps in the city’s waterfront promenade and offer a stunning, one-of-a-kind park with an embedded Aboriginal cultural center.[read more]