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Montreal, Quebec's Théâtre de Verdure Closed for Second Season Due to Disrepair

April 27, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Montreal Theatre and Local Culture

Once upon a time, there was a treasure located in the heart of one of the most beautiful parks in Montreal. A treasure with an uncertain future. This jewel is the Théâtre de Verdure. This open air stage can accommodate 3,000 spectators in an oasis nested very close to the La Fontaine Park pond in Plateau-Mont-Royal.[read more]

A Tree Hitched to the Universe

April 26, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Life in Green Spaces

From a leafy suburb in the shadow of Table Mountain, I need not venture far to encounter a myriad of remarkable creatures employing clever survival strategies. Fighting, stalking, feigning, loving, dancing, stealing, and darting, biodiversity spills into and out of my garden.[read more]

Artist, Vagabonds, and an Accidental Nature Reserve in San Francisco Bay

April 25, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Art and Nature in San Francisco

For such a far-reaching social and ecological exposition, 'Refuge in Refuse: Homesteading Art and Culture' centers on a surprisingly small piece of man-made land known as the Albany Bulb. A decommissioned construction landfill, the “Bulb," as it is known, pokes out into the San Francisco Bay.[read more]

How To Discourage People From Entering a Park: Northeastern Connecticut's Access Fail

April 25, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Park Entry in Connecticut

A regular theme throughout Northeastern Connecticut’s parks is their troublesome entry points and poor contiguity to other trail links. For example, entering a park from a state highway in the Quiet Corner, also known as Northeastern Connecticut, can be dangerous.[read more]

What Makes a Great Street? Tell Us Here!

April 24, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

How to Design Great Streets

Streets are our most fundamental shared public spaces, but they are also one of the most contested and overlooked. When streets are great places, they encourage people to linger, to socialize, and to truly experience the unique culture and character of a particular street.[read more]

A Spatial Overview of the Nature of Cities

April 23, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Cities, Nature, and Space

Cities fragment the landscape that they occupy. If that landscape was not already transformed by agriculture, the fragments may contain remnants of natural ecosystems. The sustainability of these relatively pristine ecosystems is dependent on their size, shape, and connectivity to one another.[read more]

Five Cities Show the Future of Walkability

Urban Walkability and Innovation

To walk in our cities is more than just a simple act of transport. Walking represents an appropriation of urban space for daily life. It means being an active part of the urban environment by learning, understanding and shaping the city on a personal level.[read more]

Three Mobility Challenges Facing Bogotá

April 22, 2015 by This Big City

Mobility in Bogotá

During a recent visit to Colombia to participate in the World Bike Forum in Medellin, I learned some lessons on mobility in Bogotá, many of which have stayed in my mind. I believe that Bogotá needs to prioritize mobility in the public agenda.[read more]

Our Cities as Spaces for Celebration and Ceremony [PHOTOS]

April 21, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Urban Celebration

Photojournalist Ashraf Hendricks captures Cape Town in the midst of celebration and ceremony. His fantastical snaps presents the real city, in an almost imaginary fashion. See how his photography captures the imagination, celebration, and ceremonial moments across Cape Town.[read more]

Introducing Canada's First Shipping Container Housing Project

April 21, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Shipping Container Housing

Shipping containers were once primarily considered large metal boxes to be transported on ships containing the consumer goods we buy from China. In today’s inflated real estate market, this is no longer the case. Last year, they became a home - the first of its kind in Canada.[read more]

Riverside Food Systems Alliance Aims to Get Results from Local Food and Agriculture Policy

Local Food Policy

When consultant Richard Conlin attended the inaugural GrowRIVERSIDE conference, he talked to people about the many ideas involving Riverside’s Greenbelt that never materialized. Conlin, who has long helped stakeholders hammer out policies, offered to help make some of these ideas a reality.[read more]

Condo or Rental Apartment: Does it Even Matter?

April 21, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

To Rent or to Condo

Toronto is the condo capital of North America. For a number of years now, there have been more condos under construction in this city compared to any other in North America, including New York. But recently the real estate community has become incredibly interested in building multi-family apartments.[read more]