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Makoko: 'Venice of Lagos'

April 18, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Mokoko and Lagos

The date of conception for Makoko is debateable, but the majority of literature and articles assert that it was established in the 18th Century as a fishing village. Over the many years, thousands of people have made this place their home. Like many other ‘slum’ areas, the full population of Makoko is unknown.[read more]


European Cities Urged to Link Up to Achieve a Circular Economy

April 10, 2014 by David Thorpe

House 2019 - winner of a 2014 EMAS Award

A European Commission forum has this week highlighted the latest developments, benefits and challenges for civil society and public administrations, not to mention businesses across Europe, and hosted the EMAS Awards for eco-efficiency with numerous case studies.[read more]


New Global Report Highlights Value of Enhancing City-Business Collaboration for Sustainable Urban Infrastructure

April 7, 2014 by Matthew Lynch

Infrastructure and Collaboration

An inspiring aspect of sustainability is how leaders on every continent are driving real action on climate change and sustainable development. However, even the mayors of the most advanced cities will say that they can’t do it alone and they need the engagement and collaboration of all stakeholders.[read more]


Could the Free Heat in Water Bodies Help Heat our Towns and Cities?

March 28, 2014 by David Thorpe

The heating network trench being dug.

Could a renewable source of energy be sitting right under our noses waiting for us to exploit it? Last week, a large-scale type of heat pump development on the River Thames in London achieved the ‘best new technology’ award. It has the potential to be replicated widely.[read more]

Bio-Retention Breakthroughs in Kansas City, Missouri

March 27, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Kansas City Urban Development

Kansas City is planning to move on the Arrowhead Transmission Main project in the future to address storm-water management and related issues in the city. This entails attempting to increase system capacity, improve overall system reliability, and to accommodate regional Northland community growth.[read more]

Before Photos: Breaking Ground on D.C.'s Southwest Waterfront

March 22, 2014 by Kate Gallery

D.C. Waterfront Renewal

Redevelopment of DC’s Southwest waterfront is set to begin soon, so I wanted to spend a few moments taking “before” photos. On a grey day with more unwelcome snow on the way, I ventured over to Hains Point to snap shots of the Southwest waterfront from across the Washington Channel.[read more]

Saving Green: "Fix a Leak Week" for the Long-Term

March 22, 2014 by Metropolitan Planning Council

Fix Leaks, Save Money

It’s Fix a Leak Week, the EPA’s annual campaign to increase awareness about water conservation and efficiency. Water utilities around the country are sponsoring races, sending out leak detection tips and leading campaigns to help people and businesses reduce this waste of water and money.[read more]


Thirsty Cities: World Warned about Wasteful Water Use

March 21, 2014 by David Thorpe

Water and Energy - both must be conserved

Saturday, March 22 is World Water Day 2014. The United Nations and World Bank are using it to convey the urgent message that water and energy are interrelated - both must be provided sustainably. Water used for energy generation must be minimized, recycled and not polluted.[read more]


Europe's Green Capital 2014 Strikes Gold

March 19, 2014 by David Thorpe

From port to dense urban living.

Copenhagen is European Green Capital 2014. It is fitting, then, that Nordhavn, or North Harbor, an urban area in Copenhagen, has been awarded the highest Gold certification in sustainability under a certification system, DGNB.[read more]

Detours Obligatory: Rotterdam's Water Square

March 18, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Rotterdam Water Park

On the Benthemsquare in Rotterdam, Dutch landscape architecture firm De Urbanisten has finally achieved what they set out to do seven years ago: create a water park for the community fed entirely by storm water, instead of hiding runoff in underground pipes and cisterns.[read more]

Looking at American Lawns

March 15, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

American Lawns

Since it’s the time of year when people begin to think about things like gardening and lawns, this current study about the status of lawns in the United States seems apropos. Once there was a time when homes with green lawns seemed to be an American standard. Today that may be changing.[read more]

River Transport in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

March 6, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

River Transport

Two new river transport companies will soon begin business in Abidjan to compete with the Abidjan Transport Company (SOTRA). SOTRA still holds a monopoly in the country’s economic capital four months after the Ivorian government announced plans to liberalize the transportation sector.[read more]