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Forget the Damned Motor Car

December 22, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Transportation Choices and Resources

Julius Caesar, Michelangelo, William Shakespeare, Adam Smith, and Abraham Lincoln lived in cities and never drove an automobile. They didn’t need one, or thought to need one. And you wouldn’t need one either if we could arrange our lives such that you can get where you need to go without a car.[read more]

Learning to Ride a Bike Isn't Child's Play" Montreuil, France's Six-Level Bike School

December 20, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Bike School in France

Is there a perfect age for learning to ride a bike? Not necessarily. Because not everyone learns to ride a bike at the same time, there are now numerous bike schools where one can learn to sit atop a two-wheeler with the help of specialized teachers.[read more]

The Need to Visualize Public Transit Data for Better Bus Systems in India

December 18, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

India Transit Data

Over the past decade, many transit agencies in Indian cities have implemented information technology services (ITS) to improve bus planning and operations in urban areas. However, using such technologies alone does not guarantee tangible improvements in level of service.[read more]

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Revealed: the Best and Worst Solar PV Panels You Can Buy

December 17, 2014 by David Thorpe

How clean are your panels?

Your solar electricity may not be as clean as you think. The Silicon Valley Toxic Coalition has recently produced a new scorecard ranking manufacturers on safety, pollution and human rights. You can use it to help choose the best manufacturer.[read more]

Q&A: Robert Egger on Food Security and the Aging Population

December 17, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Food Access and Aging

Robert Egger is the Founder and President of L.A. Kitchen, a culinary arts job training program for people coming out of foster care and incarceration. He also launched D.C. Central Kitchen, a similar effort, in 1989. L.A. Kitchen is currently in pilot phase and will launch in a new space in 2015.[read more]

Architects Hail from New York City and Europe to Talk Urban Resiliency

December 16, 2014 by Tyler Caine

Architects and Urban Resiliency

There are no silver bullets for solving challenges surrounding sustainability. Part of this is due to complexity, some is due there being so many points of view for problem solving, and some responsibility falls on the fact that there are so many different situations around the world with unique contextual conditions.[read more]

Catching a Train in Lagos!

December 13, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Public Transport in Lagos

There is actually no train service that serves the masses in Lagos. Public transport is not easily accessible nor the most safe form of transport and this is why Lagosians either have or aspire to have large cars that can withstand flooded roads and large potholes.[read more]

If We Plant the Plants Will the Insects Follow?

December 13, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Nature and Urban Green Space

Remnants of indigenous vegetation are the only remaining examples of ecosystems that were once more extensive before human settlement. They are therefore vital for preserving and promoting biodiversity. Remnant vegetation also serves as a refuge for indigenous plants, fungi, and animals.[read more]

Mexico City's Homeless Population Gets Entrepreneurial

December 11, 2014 by This Big City

Urban Homeless Business in Mexico

When one inhabits the world’s most populated streets, it’s not very difficult to fall through the cracks. Mexico City is the stage set for a chaotic and peculiar play: mundane routine steeped in flurry and hubbub. There is no underlying order, nor design. The private dissolves into the public.[read more]

Fracking: Can Getting Involved Do Any Good?

December 11, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Fracking and Landscape Architecture

Do landscape architects have an ethical obligation to involve themselves in mitigating the impacts of fracking if communities decide to move forward with it?[read more]

Recent Protests in Public Space: It's All About Equity

December 8, 2014 by Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman

Public Space and Public Protest

The reactions in the last two weeks over the grand jury decisions on the deaths of Eric Garner in New York City and Michael Brown in Ferguson have started both online campaigns and important conversations about equity under the law. But it also brought people outside in ongoing protests.[read more]

How We Allocate Street Space

December 6, 2014 by David Edmondson

Street Space Competition

A painting that has recently been going around the internet for the past week dramatizes the pedestrian view of our streets and how we allocate space. The drawing is by Swedish artist Karl Jilg and was commissioned by the Swedish Road Administration.[read more]