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'Living Breakwaters' Wins Buckminster Fuller Challenge

November 20, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Living Breakwaters

SCAPE / Landscape Architecture, founded by Kate Orff, ASLA, has just received $100,000 from the Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) for their “comprehensive climate change adaptation and community development project” called Living Breakwaters.[read more]

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Favelas Can Teach Us About Future Cities – Sir David King

November 18, 2014 by David Thorpe

The people who build favelas know what they're doing.

The UK Foreign Secretary's Special Representative for Climate Change, Sir David King, is tonight to tell colleagues dealing with urban innovation that shantytowns, favelas and mediaeval towns have much to teach us about how cities should be organised.[read more]

Brasília, Brazil Now Lets Women Choose Where to Get Off the Bus at Night

November 17, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Brazil and Women's Safety

When deciding between modes of transport, travelers consider several variables, typically including convenience, cost, time, reliability, and comfort. Another consideration – one which is of particular importance for women – is perceived safety.[read more]

A Vision for a More Cycling-Friendly London [VIDEO]

November 14, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Cycling-Friendly London

As cycling becomes more popular as a mode of transport in London, Peter Murray – chairman of New London Architecture and the London Society - considers how integrated cycle infrastructure can benefit cities everywhere, and how in particular cycling might be better integrated in London’s urban fabric.[read more]

Why Our City Makes Us Fat and Sick

November 12, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Cities and Health

The reality of a Thembisa mother is such: she travels sometimes five hours a day, too and from her job in Brummeria. She spends half her monthly income to pay for this transport. She has to use multiple taxis and trains and walks long distances on foot.[read more]

'Sweet Rebellion': Reclaiming India's Streets with Raahgiri Day

November 12, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces

Street Reclamation

Streets in India are famous for being epicenters of life and activity, and equally infamous for being traffic nightmares. Everyone with a desire to be on the streets finds a way to claim their space. Pedestrians play chicken with truck drivers, who dodge SUVs. There is an extreme lack of regulation and control.[read more]

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The Voice of Children in Cities Must Be Heard For the Sake of Our Future

November 10, 2014 by David Thorpe

The four aspects of making cities work for children

The day is fast coming when the majority of the world's children will grow up in cities. Will their living conditions be satisfactory? Will they have to live on the streets and be forced into child labour? Will their important voices be heard? World Visions is working to make sure that it is, and here are their recommendations – together with the real voices of children. Listen to them.[read more]

Mumbai is Ready For "Equal Streets - A Citizens' Movement"

November 10, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Mumbai Equal Streets

Every day, Mumbai residents are being squeezed out of spaces to walk or cycle by the sheer pressure of cars, whose numbers are growing rapidly each year. A recent report stated that the Indian passenger vehicle market is expected to reach annual growth of five million cars by 2020.[read more]

Dancing Zebras for Safer Streets

November 7, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Zebras, Safety

The streets of La Paz, Bolivia present severe risks for pedestrians. The country’s capital faces rising demand for cars, and has inadequate traffic signs and universally accessible pedestrian infrastructure. So the city employs hundreds of young people who dress in full costume and are trained in street performance.[read more]

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It's Road Layouts Not Cyclists Who Are To Blame When They Die

November 6, 2014 by David Thorpe

The Governors Highway Safety Association is pointing the finger at the wrong people.

If you had seen the headlines in some American newspapers recently you might be forgiven for assuming that bicycle fatalities had risen in several states in recent years and therefore that cycling has become more dangerous. But, as the Alliance for Biking and Walking was quick to point out, the contrary is the case.[read more]

Why the Future Of Art is on City Streets

November 5, 2014 by This Big City

Cities, Art, and Public Spaces

The rate of violence has increased markedly in the city of Caracas, Venezuela. This ranks the city among the top five most dangerous in the world, not only for high homicide rates, robberies and kidnappings, but also for hostility targeted against minorities.[read more]

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The 'Smartest Week' in Toronto

November 4, 2014 by Vitor Pereira

The idea is not buying technology, the meaning for Toronto is channeling the good that the technology produces to the society in general and if there exists a machine that hybridizes with humans, it is almost certain that it will be created around here.[read more]