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Walkable Metro Areas Are More Productive & Command Higher Rental

July 29, 2014 by David Thorpe

Walkable is good.

A new report ranks the top 30 metropolitan areas in the USA on the amount of commercial development in Walkable Urban Places. It finds that higher education levels and one third higher GDP (Gross Domestic Product) per capita correlate with the provision of walkable places.[read more]

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Exploding Urbanization: A Threat or an Opportunity?

July 29, 2014 by Andrew Schmidt

Sustainabile Building is the Key

The rush of humanity to live in cities need not portend a catastrophe. Initiatives such as the Sustainable Social Housing Initiative and Cities Action for Sustainable Housing exist to help cities in developing countries expand more sustainably and not repeat the mistakes of cities in developed countries.[read more]

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Architects, Doctors and the Importance of Urban and Building Design in Public Health

July 28, 2014 by David Thorpe

The American Institute of Architects wants doctors to wake up to the importance of building design on health. 

Architects and the public are waking up to the way building design, urban neighbourhood design and placemaking impact upon health and well-being, but doctors are lagging behind in making the connection, according to research sponsored by the American Institute of Architects.[read more]

Helsinki Aims to Be Car-Free by 2025

July 28, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA
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Car-Free Helsinki

There is a very ambitious plan in Helsinki, Finland, to create a revolutionary “mobility on demand” system by 2025. The system would enable all “shared and public transport” to be paid for with a single payment network available via smartphones.[read more]

Ecological Landscape Design for Urban Biodiversity, Ecological Education and Nature Restoration in Kyushu, Japan

July 28, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Japan and Urban Biodiversity

We have been designing school gardens, river banks, urban forests and city parks over the last 12 years. The aim of these projects is to create areas for children’s play, ecological education, and biodiversity preservation that can simultaneously form part of an ecological network in an urban area.[read more]

To Measure Summer Smog, Plant an Ozone Garden

July 27, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Ozone Gardens

Community Radio of Northern California asks: “What if you could look at the plants in your garden in order to learn if the air around you is clean or dirty?” Turns out the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, enables us to do just that with their new ozone garden.[read more]

Michigan Market Serves Neighborhood with Incubator Kitchen, Indoor Market, and Online Food Hub

Dynamic Michigan Market

Local food growers, consumers and entrepreneurs in the Lansing, Michigan area have had good cause to celebrate as of late. Allen Neighborhood Center, a community development agency that doubles as Mid-Michigan’s nonprofit food hub, opened the doors of a warehouse they’d spent months renovating.[read more]

Cinema Shows the Power of Sustainable Transport

Film and Sustainable Transit

Movies have the power to shape our perceptions of love, of adventure, and of growing up. More subtly, movies also have the ability to shape our perceptions of small things, like how we interpret different cities, clothing brands, and even transport – who uses transport, how they use it, and why.[read more]

A Water Wheel In Baltimore Keeps The Harbor Moving

July 25, 2014 by Mark LeChevallier

Do you remember the commercial of the crying Native American, paddling his canoe through a polluted river? It’s no secret that garbage in our waterways has been an issue in U.S. cities for decades. Trash has an impact on the visual landscape and creates an environmental hazard to our ecosystems.[read more]

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Belo Horizonte Helps Namibian Mayors Pledge to End Hunger and Malnutrition

July 25, 2014 by David Thorpe

Windhoek's Cllr Agnes Kafula and Cllr Uilika Nambahu presenting the Final Declaration.

A declaration to end hunger in Namibia was adopted yesterday by mayors, policymakers, technicians, experts, and representatives of civil society organizations in Windhoek yesterday. The measures agreed, derived from experience in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, will act as a beacon to other developing countries where informal settlements are growing fast, and there is an urgent need to find sustainable means to feed their inhabitants.[read more]

A Blast from the Past, from the Days when Pros Ate Ice Cream

July 25, 2014 by Mark K Ames

Biking for Ice Cream

As London swelters this week, perhaps you're thinking an ice cream might help cool you down, but you're worried about the calories? Fear not my over-heating friends, because who knew that ice cream is the "health food of the nation" according to Australian cycling champion Hubert 'Oppy' Opperman.[read more]

People-Oriented Cities: Mixed-Use Development Creates Social and Economic Benefits

People Oriented City Value

Mumbai, India can be a commuter’s nightmare. Downtown sits a full ten miles from the residential core, and the two areas are poorly linked by public transport. Mumbaikars have the longest commute of any Indian city resident, averaging more than 47 minutes each way every day.[read more]