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Greening Bus Fleets Requires a Range of Strategies

Green Bus Strategy

In 2012 alone, Latin America saw 131,000 preventable air pollution-related deaths. To reduce emissions and improve air quality, it’s essential that public transit fleets—like buses—become more fuel-efficient by adopting cleaner fuels, like natural gas or low-sulfur diesel.[read more]

Awesome Infographic Shows Benefits of Sustainable Transport

Sustainable Transportation

These infographics highlight the many co-benefits of sustainable transport – which are so numerous that when you focus on just one it’s easy to lose sight of the others. From increasing access to economic opportunities to making our cities healthier and more livable, there’s a lot to keep in mind.[read more]

Yard Waste: What is the Purpose of the Space Around Our Homes?

April 14, 2015 by Bradley Calvert

The Purpose of Yards

The yard has long been viewed as a necessity for children, symbolic of the opportunity for kids to run free in their own space free of fears from perceived dangers. Many parents view private green spaces as an essential component to creating healthy children, and without a child could potentially suffer.[read more]

A Tech Touch: Connecting Beaches, Parks, and Big Data

April 14, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Connecting Places and Data

Smart city technology is going beyond data-collecting sensors in streetlights and on garbage containers. It’s expanding to beaches and parks, creating a feedback loop that will allow local Barcelona Metropolitan Area officials to better manage public spaces.[read more]

Complete Streets Are a Bargain

April 13, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Streets and Savings

Normal, Illinois, doesn’t sound like a very typical kind of spring break destination—but for me, it was the perfect getaway. Along with fellow urban planning students from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I visited Normal in March of 2010.[read more]

Water and Music, Both Valuable and Both Not Free

April 12, 2015 by Mark LeChevallier

Water Conservation Efforts

Water companies, cities and municipalities invest millions of dollars in their infrastructure to maintain the quality of the tap water. However, after working around the clock for more than 100 years, water and wastewater infrastructure is aging and in some cases, failing.[read more]

In a More Volatile World, New Models Are Needed

April 11, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Modeling Bahavior Innovation

Today, we understand how our world is shaped by complex, dynamic systems. While landscape architects have been fast to embrace ecological systems thinking, they have been slower to see how systems thinking can transform our ways of imagining, visualizing, and then intervening in the environment.[read more]

Johannesburg: Why Gated Communities Threaten Democratic Cities

April 9, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Gated Communities and Urban Inequality

Recently I tried to drive through a gated section of Westcliff, an affluent suburb in Johannesburg, to avoid traffic, only to be stopped by the guard and informed that I was not permitted to go through. I insisted that I had every right to enter, since it was a public road. The guard was not convinced.[read more]

California's Drought in Perspective

April 9, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

California and the Drought

Scientists are calling the current wave of drought, which began to spread across California, much of the Southwest, Texas, and Oklahoma in 2011, the worst since the 1950s. While it has ebbed in Texas and parts of the Southwest, California and other states continue to bear the brunt of this epic change in rainfall.[read more]

Urban Edges, and How to Define the Spaces Beyond

April 8, 2015 by Chuck Wolfe
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Cities, Borders, and Spaces

I doubt that before today, any urbanist writer has used an old, Latin term that lives on in southern Italy, to explain the particular wonder of certain city street-ends. The term, 'finibus terrae,' meant one end of the Earth to the Romans; the edge of the known extent of the land.[read more]

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Five Cities with Top Game-Changing Sustainability and Resilience Projects

April 8, 2015 by Warren Karlenzig

Game-Changing Cities

Game-changing mega-projects in these five cities promise cross-cutting impacts including low-carbon mobility, recreation, green infrastructure, societal improvements, and mobile communications. By planning diverse and ambitious results, these resilient plans take years to decades, but promise massive rewards.[read more]

The Eight Principles of the Sidewalk: Building More Active Cities

Rules of Walkable Sidewalks

Walking is the most democratic way to get around. It is the oldest mode of transport. It’s free, and it may even help you burn a few calories. But people are walking less, and cities have become sprawled, highways have replaced sidewalks, and significant obstacles to walking safely have been created.[read more]