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The Demand for Character Office Space

September 19, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Office Space Demand

Recently, the Toronto Star published an article talking about the growing demand for character office buildings in submarkets outside of Toronto’s core. Specifically, it was talking about the Downtown West and Liberty Village submarkets (citing a report from CBRE).[read more]

Urban Housing: Rise of Rental

September 19, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Rental Properties

In the US, rental apartments as a share of all new housing is at record highs — over 30%. And that’s partly because credit remains tight (certainly compared to pre-2008) and economic growth has been tepid. But also because of demographic changes.[read more]

Transforming In-Between Spaces for the Benefit of Urban Communities

September 18, 2014 by This Big City

Spaces and Urban Communities

In-between spaces, perceived as frontiers and borders, are the spaces that divide territories within our cities, neighbourhoods and towns. In our minds, they are understood as “non-places”, under-utilised spaces that are often associated with dirty, derelict and unsafe areas of the city.[read more]

Can Auto-Rickshaw Fare Reform in Chennai Lead Users to Choose Sustainable Transport?

September 18, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Auto-Rickshaw Reform and Policy

Chennai, India has long been notorious for its lawless auto-rickshaw drivers. On August 25, 2013, the Tamil Nadu state government sought to change this perception by reforming rickshaw fare structures. The government was forced to implement the reform by the Supreme Court following a petition filed in 2010.[read more]

The UN Climate Summit: What’s in it for Cities?

September 17, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

UN Climate Summit and Cities

City leaders have a key role to play at next week’s UN Climate Summit in New York City, which brings together heads of state, mayors, business leaders, and civil society representatives to build momentum towards an international agenda to tackle climate change and build resilience.[read more]

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Cityfood: Encouraging Urban Agriculture and Forestry in Developing Countries

September 16, 2014 by David Thorpe

Support for urban growing programmes

"You can't separate the sustainability of the city from its hinterlands," says Henk de Zeeuw. He works for the RUAF Foundation http://www.ruaf.org/, a global network in the field of (intra- and peri-) Urban Agriculture and City Region Food Strategies, and Cityfood, an initiative to support cities that want to start urban growing and local food programs.[read more]

Rabat, Morocco to Undergo "City of Lights" Transformation by 2017

September 16, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Lights in Rabat

Long confined to the status of an administrative city, Morocco’s capital dreams of becoming an international city of culture and knowledge. In the minds of Casablanca’s residents, Rabat is a city where nothing happens, living according to a monotone rhythm that rubs off on its inhabitants.[read more]

Taxis Just Got 40% Cheaper in Toronto

September 12, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Taxis and Competition

UberX officially launched in Toronto today. Which means that Toronto’s taxi and limousine industry is about to get a lot more grouchy. UberX is Uber’s low-cost car service. Just like the regular version, you hail a car using your mobile phone. But this option will cost you 40% less than a regular taxi![read more]

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How Singapore and Japan are Feeding Cities with Low Carbon Indoor Farms

September 12, 2014 by David Thorpe

Jack Ng, founder of Sky Urban Solutions

Dramatically reduced energy use in a water-powered vertical farm. 7,000 lettuces per square meter per year. How Singapore and Japan are leading the way in urban, indoor agriculture.[read more]

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Launch of the international Centre for Urban Agriculture in Nottingham

September 11, 2014 by David Thorpe

Location of the new Centre

The Centre for Urban Agriculture is a new initiative in Nottingham University, a partnership with its academic collaborators in China and Malaysia, set up to address the issue of food security and urban agriculture, launched at the International Conference on Vertical Farming and Urban Agriculture yesterday.[read more]

No Innovation Without Migration: 'Most Migrants Only Proceed a Short Distance, and Toward Centers of Absorption'

September 11, 2014 by Jim Russell

Migration Movements

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Long-distance migration is remarkable, the exception to the rule, an actual “law” of migration. Why are large, dense cities typically centers of innovation and creativity? Most migrants only proceed a short distance, and toward centers of absorption.[read more]

How Companies Have Contributed to Community Building

September 11, 2014 by This Big City

Companies and Communities

There are a lot of things required to build a successful community. Good infrastructure. Access to services. And a genuine desire from people to achieve the goal of ‘community.' And in recent decades, larger organizations have started playing a more active part in community building, with interesting results.[read more]