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How Montreal Makes Winter Awesome

January 25, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Montreal and Winter Activities

It’s wintertime right now in Canada and that means there are a lot of people complaining about the cold and/or the fact that in our climate there are certain things that simply can’t (or shouldn’t) be done when it comes to city building. But I don’t buy that.[read more]

Designing with Nature: Insights for Drought Resilience and Carbon in Elqui Valley, Chile

January 25, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Design and Natural Integration

Measures taken in cities to improve their adaptation to drought and for carbon sequestration are usually based on an efficient use of water and energy. But nature and rural areas near cities can provide key ideas to address these issues which are more in line with local needs and nature.[read more]

People-Oriented Streets and the Built Environment: Lee Schipper Memorial Scholars Present at Transforming Transportation 2015

January 24, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ
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People-Oriented Street Design

Last week’s Transforming Transportation conference put forth multiple innovative ideas for how cities can transform mobility to become more socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable. Speakers included former heads of state, road safety champions, and entrepreneurs.[read more]

Before and After at 109 Hazelton Avenue

January 24, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Urban Renewal and Design

I recently connected with one of the principals of a Toronto-based construction management firm called Ripple Projects, which focuses primarily on contemporary custom homes. The founders spent many years prior to this doing similar projects at similar companies, such as Wilson Project Management.[read more]

Interview with Chris Reed on Stoss' Futuristic Landscapes

January 23, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Futuristic Landscape Architecture

Chris Reed, ASLA, is founding principal of Stoss, which won the National Design Award for landscape architecture in 2012. Reed is Associate Professor in practice of landscape architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His most recent book is 'Projective Ecologies.'[read more]

Living Inside: MONU Magazine Tackles 'Interior Urbanism'

January 23, 2015 by This Big City

Interior Urbanism

In today’s world it seems we find ourselves no longer capable of separating the places of production from places of refuge. This is the great value of discussing the meaning of the “interior” in relation to forces that produce the city and the contemporary urban structures.[read more]

Why Cities are the Solution to Climate Change: A Q&A with Ani Dasgupta

January 20, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Cities and Climate Change

Ani Dasgupta is the Global Director of WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities and speaker at the upcoming Transforming Transportation 2015 conference, designed to learn more about the unique solutions cities can offer to combat climate change, boost economic prosperity, and catalyze smart urbanization.[read more]

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INTERVIEW: Dan Bloom on CliFi and Imagining the Cities of the Future

January 19, 2015 by David Thorpe

Dan Bloom, coiner of the term CliFi

Fancy some climate change with your popcorn or bedtime read? Climate fiction, or cli-fi, is a new genre of fiction that was first identified as a distinct concept by Dan Bloom, a freelance writer who has been based in Tokyo and Taipei since 1991. It is, basically, fiction which touches in some way on the topic of climate change.[read more]

Seattle's New, Doomed Freeway

January 19, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Seattle Infrastructure Construction

A few years years ago, I was applauding Seattle for its decision to tear down the Alaska Way Viaduct, an elevated freeway that runs along the city’s waterfront. Unfortunately, Seattle made this decision on the condition that a two-mile highway tunnel beneath downtown would be built to replace it.[read more]

Design Competitions in 2015: From Chicago to Dakar

January 17, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Design Competitions This Year

From Chicago to Dakar, organizations and institutions are encouraging students and urbanists from around the world to tackle relevant and pressing issues. From designing a homeless shelter, to a lakefront kiosk competition, 2015 presents many reasons and ways to get your ideas onto a global stage.[read more]

Erie, Pennsylvania Celebrates the City's First LEED Gold Project: The Erie Art Museum

January 17, 2015 by evolve environment::architecture

Erie Art Museum LEED Gold Project

The Erie Art Museum recently hosted a celebration honoring the green building certification awarded by the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program for its recently opened renovation and addition.[read more]

Paint Can Do More to Transform Your City Than You Think

January 16, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Paint, Color, and Urban Transformation

As Mayor of Tirana, Albania, Edi Rama had an unconventional strategy to make his city more livable. When he was elected mayor of Tirana in 2000, Rama directed an army of painters to spread bright colors and creative patterns on buildings throughout the mostly gray city.[read more]