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Sustainability

The Hidden Links Between Saving Water and Saving Energy

Save two for the price of one.

There's hidden energy costs in the water used by our buildings and industries, and hidden water costs in the energy generation industry. Understanding the links means you can serve sustainability by reducing both at once – a win-win scenario.[read more]

How a Genius Placemaking Experiment Rescued the Failing City of Zaragoza

May 29, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

The city as a laboratory for citizen-led innovation.

The inspiring story of how a group of architects, citizens, community organizations, and city agencies turned round a city where unemployment was at an all-time high, property values had plummeted, and there was deep social unrest using citizen-led placemaking, in five years.[read more]

Biodiversity Loss Continues in the European Union. What Can Be Done?

May 29, 2015 by Ceri Margerison

EU27 biogeographic and marine regions are losing species

The results of the latest round of reporting under the European Birds and Habitats Directives, published last week as State of Nature in the EU, say that if current trends continue, we will fail to meet the target of “halting the loss of biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystem services in the EU by 2020”.[read more]

Why Covered and Street Markets are Crucial to City Center Vitality

May 27, 2015 by Julian Dobson

Bury's Street Market

What is at stake is not just markets but the character and vitality of our town and city centres. Planners have swallowed the myth of ‘retail-led regeneration’, imagining that shiny new shopping centres will revive their towns. In the process the traditional markets are often left behind, physically distanced from new developments and reduced to a curiosity.[read more]

5 Bikesharing Trends to Watch

May 27, 2015 by Neal Gorenflo

Bikesharing is trending in cities

Here are five bikesharing trends – both promising and troubling – to watch in 2015. Important issues such as funding and equity are poised to come to the fore this year as the industry continues to grow and evolve and P2P bikesharing reinvents itself.[read more]

What are Urban Design and Master Planning?

May 27, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

15 principles of wholeness in urban design

Urban Design and Master-planning defined in under 250 words each. The definitions will be used in an online application developed for the American Institute of Architects. Finding young, gifted and creative people who are willing to choose urban design as their profession is vitally important to the future well-being of the planet.[read more]

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Revealed: The Top European Countries for Cycling Safety, Advocacy and Popularity

May 26, 2015 by David Thorpe

Peddling their way to the top.

Cycling is on the rise everywhere in cities that are taking seriously the idea that promoting it can reduce congestion, improve air quality and the local economy, and the health of citizens. Last week the European Cyclists Federation ranked EU countries for cycling usage, tourism, road safety, cycling advocacy and market size.[read more]

The Top 10 Happiest Countries and What Makes Them Happy

May 26, 2015 by Neal Gorenflo

Reasons to be cheerful – nice city

Everyone wants to be happy, and increasingly countries around the world are looking at happiness as an indicator of national well-being and considering happiness in policy-making. This year’s World Happiness Report describes what makes people happy, and which countries have the highest levels of happiness.[read more]

Indoor Hydroponic Farming in Cities Means Organic Local Food

Pierre Sleiman, founder and CEO of Go Green Agriculture

A conference to discuss the potential of indoor farming in cities will see Pierre Sleiman, founder and CEO of Go Green Agriculture, an innovative company that grows local, premium quality leafy greens inside high-tech greenhouses using hydroponics, talk about “The Local Food Potential of Indoor Farming in Cities”.[read more]

The "Real Question" for Baltimore and the American City

May 25, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

Street Party in Baltimore

For a city's future to be bright, the brick and mortar must take the form of quality affordable housing, workplaces where employed people make and create things, and bright centers of the community like schools, rec centers and libraries, not prisons. Every neighborhood must be safe enough that children can play without fear of being gunned down in broad daylight.[read more]

One of LA's Most Troubled Neighborhoods is Getting a Transit-Oriented Development and "Green Streets"

May 25, 2015 by Kaid Benfield

Transit-Oriented Development and Green Streets

Fifty years after famously being besieged by devastating, deadly riots that gripped the nation, the long-neglected Watts neighborhood in South Los Angeles is moving forward with an exciting new revitalization partnership that envisions a transformed "Main Street," transit-oriented development, and state-of-the-art "green streets", among other features.[read more]

How Driverless Vehicles Are Set to Transform Our Lives

May 22, 2015 by Hussein Dia

Automation and Cars

Vehicles which drive themselves might sound like science fiction but they may be on our roads sooner than you think. So what do we know about the likely impacts of these auto robots, and how can we shape the future directions and policies to enable their adoption for a safer and more sustainable mobility future?[read more]