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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]

Stewarding Memories: Caring for People, Trees, and Land 

September 12, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

History and Care

What happens to the places that were purposively set-aside as spaces of remembrance? How do they change or persist? What role do they play in the lives of their creators, their stewards, and their users as we move further in time away from a particular event?[read more]

Understanding how Intersection and Signal Design Impact Pedestrian Behavior

September 11, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Streets, Design, and Pedestrians


Pedestrians hit by vehicles when crossing on red are 56% more likely to be severely injured than those crossing on green. While crossing on red is often assumed to be mainly an issue of poor individual pedestrian behavior, recent research indicates that it is also related to the design of signals and intersections.[read more]


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]

How Canada Failed to Build a Beautiful Capital: An Ottawa Retrospective

September 11, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Ottawa and Aesthetics

I have yet to visit a city that manages, in equal parts, to be as grand and mediocre as Ottawa. The grandeur of Parliament’s Gothic revival towers is set against a frenzy of buildings that violently interrupt this harmony. We are left with the impression of a grand project cut short. This is the story of Ottawa.[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]

Inviting You to Collaborate with Nature to Transform Your City

September 10, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Natural Urban Change

In the many current discussions about how to make cities more resilient, the potential roles of citizens and urban nature are largely overlooked. The level of interest seems disproportionately small given the tremendous opportunities for citizens to steward nature in cities—or to ‘collaborate’ with nature.[read more]


The Mietskaserne Should Be Berlin's Next Export to the World

September 9, 2014 by Peter Smith

Berlin and Mietskaserne

The Mietskaserne has been Berlin's preferred style of housing since all the way back in 1860. It has effectively kept housing costs in Berlin below those of similar peer cities, and it could help stabilize out of control costs in cities around the world.[read more]

The Reimagined Bus Stop

September 9, 2014 by Jillian Glover

Bus Stop Design

Earlier this year, the tiny Austrian village of Krumbach (it has a population of around 1,000 people) formed a cultural association and launched the 'Bus:Stop' project to boost the number of tourists who already visit the surrounding scenic Bregenzerwald area.[read more]

Watch Urban Growth Unfold in these Amazing Visualizations from Cities Worldwide

September 9, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Images of Urban Growth

The NYU Stern Urbanization Project has created a number of fascinating time-lapse videos showing urban land use in different cities from the 1800s through to 2000. These videos strikingly depict the well-evidenced trend of urban growth, both in population and land area.[read more]


Urban Agriculture – A Next Big Thing for Cities

September 8, 2014 by David Thorpe

Dickson Despommier at the conference.

Dickson Despommier sees the growth of urban and vertical farming as exponential. This is an account of his presentation at the Vertical Farming and Urban Growing conference in Nottingham, today.[read more]

A New Design for RDP Housing in South Africa?

September 7, 2014 by Future Cape Town

RDP Housing in South Africa

Less is more. A classic phrase that is so often overlooked or ignored by so many. Cue Cape Town-based architectural student, Lawden Holmes. Competitive by nature, Lawden has adopted the ‘less is more’ approach with his new concept − Embracing Informality: a sustainable alternative to the RDP.[read more]