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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]

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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]

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]

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]

A Study of Biodiversity in the World's Cities

November 24, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

What are the global patterns of biodiversity the world’s cities? Are urban spaces biologically homogeneous and depauperate, or do they harbor significant native biodiversity? These are the questions of a collaborative studies of biodiversity in the world’s cities.[read more]

Protecting Watersheds As We Grow Our Cities and Towns

November 19, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

Watershed Protection

We do not actually have to choose between things like a growing population and healthy economy on the one hand, and a healthy and sustainable environment on the other. We really, truly can have it both ways. The only thing is that we need to be very smart about it.[read more]

Richmond Reconnects the City to the River

November 14, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Connection Richmond to the River

The cities of Richmond, Virginia, and Portland, Oregon, may not actually seem to have all that much in common, except they both have rivers that cut through them. In the case of Portland, it’s the Willamette River, and in Richmond, it’s the James River.[read more]