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VIDEO: What Makes a Sustainable City?

October 7, 2014 by David Thorpe
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David Thorpe

A talk and presentation by David Thorpe at Cardiff's Green City event on Saturday 27 September 2014. David is the Special Correspondent on Sustainable Cities Collective.[read more]

There is No Such Thing as Waste, Only Wasted Resources

October 2, 2014 by Walid Norris

Waste, Wasted Resources, and Efficiency

With growing populations and increasing impacts from climate change, forward-thinking cities are scrambling to adopt green infrastructure to become more resilient. Green roofs, green spaces and flood management systems can help cities like Rotterdam manage climate impacts.[read more]

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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]

How to Save America from a Future That Lacks Water

September 30, 2014 by Mark LeChevallier

America and Water Needs

Many households wish to conserve water but lack the knowledge, time and resources. We’ve all seen a number of long lists of water-saving tips that leave us unsure which actions are actually making an impact. Well, I’m going to share with you a short list of the most effective water-saving tips.[read more]

Green vs. Grey: Every City is a Living Body

September 29, 2014 by Ivan Bruce
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Cities as Bodies

The thought that nature can also be an infrastructure is not new; nature can be harnessed to provide services within the urban environment, by reducing risk of flooding or excessive heat, or improving air quality. When nature is harnessed by people it is known as "green infrastructure."[read more]

Clean Water, Green Parks: Stormwater Management in Heartland Park

September 26, 2014 by City Parks Blog

Stormwater Management

Scheduled to complete construction this coming fall, Heartland Park is funded in part by a 319 Grant awarded in 2011 by the EPA through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Implementation of a Watershed Management Plan helped the development of Heartland Park’s green infrastructure.[read more]

Urban Farming Co. Takes Aquaponic Farming to Europe's Rooftops

September 25, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

European Rooftop Farming

UrbanFarmers is on a mission to bring commercial-grade urban farming to consumers hungry for fresh locally-grown produce, and it’s doing so from the rooftops. Based in Zürich, Switzerland, the company offers a brand of rooftop-based and modular growing systems using aquaponics.[read more]

Hive Farm Proposes Plug and Play Vertical Farming

September 24, 2014 by Tyler Caine

Verticle Farming Innovation

While the interest in the prospects of Vertical Farming have picked up over the last few years with the topic finding its way into more articles and design competitions, we have yet to see a corresponding surge in prototypes going into construction.[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]

Milan on Water: Navigli, the Planning Legacy of Leonardo da Vinci

September 21, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Water and Milan

The term “naviglio” is the Italian term for “canal.” Therefore, “Navigli” the plural of “naviglio,” is the name for the artificial canals of Milan. They were built between 1179 (Naviglio Grande) and the 16th century (Naviglio Martesana) with the purpose of making Milan accessible from the Ticino and Adda rivers.[read more]

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How Cities Will Feed Their Citizens in the Future

September 18, 2014 by David Thorpe

Fresh and local – grown in a warehouse

For the last week I have been posting articles describing highlights from the Vertical Farming and Urban Agriculture conference held at Nottingham University last week. In this article I will draw together all the threads and try to present a picture of how I now see that cities will feed themselves in the future.[read more]

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The World's First Commercial Rooftop Aquaponics Farm

September 17, 2014 by David Thorpe

Fish with salad anyone?

Aquaponics – aquaculture (fish farming) + hydroponics (growing plants without soil) – could furnish 12% of a person's diet per 3m2 of roofspace, according to a prototype study. It produces both edible fish and vegetables. The fish's waste feeds the plants and the plants clean the water for the fish. Perfect for urban growing.[read more]