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New Public Art in Sea Point: A Rhino in the City

August 23, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Sea Point Public Art

Andre Carl recently conceptualized an installation, entitled Rhinosaur, that speaks to the fragility of the rhino population in Sub-sharan Africa. He took the time to speak to Future Cape Town about the evolution of his work and its powerful message.[read more]

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A Building Made From Cannabis? Yes, Seriously - With Hempcrete

August 22, 2014 by David Thorpe

Sustainable housing built with hemp

Ever heard of building with cannabis? Hempcrete is a building material with many interesting properties for those interested in sustainability and construction or renovation. It combines a cannabis (hemp) shiv with a lime matrix to give it high elasticity and vapour permeability to help create a healthy building that actually locks up atmospheric carbon.[read more]

Quicksand for Baltimore Beach Volleyball at Rash Field

August 22, 2014 by Jeff La Noue

Baltimore Beach Volleyball

For 13 years, beach volleyball has become a success in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, drawing young adults for clean, athletic fun in a beautiful setting. But as the city moves ahead with plans to replace the volleyball courts with a parking garage and rooftop lawn, typically unengaged millennials are fighting back.[read more]

In Photos: Portside, Cape Town's New Tallest Skyscraper

August 22, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Cape Town's New Tower

Check out these photos of Cape Town’s newest skyscraper completed in March 2014: Portside. With 32 floors standing 139 meters tall, it is the city’s largest tower. The objective of joint constructors DHK and Louis Karol Architects was to create an environmentally friendly building.[read more]

The Power of Public Spaces

August 21, 2014 by Tazmine Loomans

Public Space Power

Recently I’ve been awed by the power of public spaces. Summer in Portland draws everyone out into the public realm. So far this summer I’ve been to two festivals at Pioneer Square, a street festival, a movie at the park, Shakespeare at the park, several picnics and have enjoyed time by myself at different parks.[read more]

Evaluating 10 Years of Redevelopment: Urban Renewal in Clichy-sous-Bois, France

August 21, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Urban Renewal in France

Rows of low-rise buildings and litter have disappeared from the field of view of residents living in the neighborhoods of Clichy-sous-Bois and Montfermeil. At the end of an ambitious urban renewal project begun ten years ago, this neighborhood just outside of Paris is barely recognizable.[read more]

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Pop-Up Rowhomes Promote Housing Fairness in D.C.

August 20, 2014 by Peter Smith

Pop-Up Rowhomes in DC

Arguably no American city has transformed itself during the early years of the twenty-first century as much as Washington, DC. That transformation is fueling a debate unlike most others that we’ve become accustomed to in the nation’s capital. It’s a debate about the appeal of pop-ups.[read more]

Is LEED v4 Better or Just Newer?

August 20, 2014 by Tyler Caine

The New LEED

Although the latest incarnation of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system has been around for almost a year, projects have still been able to enjoy the more familiar likeness of LEED 2009. However, the window of time for the grace period of the system transition continues to close.[read more]

The Story of Jerusalem's Railway Park: Getting the City Back on Track, Economically, Environmentally, and Socially

August 20, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Jerusalem Railway Park

Sharing local experience is always important. However in the case of the Jerusalem Railway Park, both the process and the outcome have the level of universal relevance that make so many of the themes presented in “The Nature of Cities” essential urban reading.[read more]

What Smart Cities can Learn from the Luddites

August 19, 2014 by Julian Dobson
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Smart Cities and Luddites

There’s nothing like technology to stop people thinking straight. Just as the Daily Mail seems to find a new cure for cancer every few days, so technology-watchers love to predict amazing new futures for cities. The ‘smart city’ epithet is particularly attractive right now.[read more]

Taking Stock of Denver Placemaking

August 19, 2014 by Dean Saitta

Denver Placemaking

Denver is earning a reputation as a city to watch for 21st century placemaking. Its Lower Downtown historic district—a mixed-use area now 25 years in the making—is a revitalization success story, and the city is making major investments in transit-oriented development.[read more]

SITES Certifies New Set of Landscapes

August 17, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

SITES Landscapes

The Sustainable Sites Initiative program has certified four new landscapes: Kirke Park, a pocket park in Seattle; 38 Dolores, a grocery store and housing complex in San Francisco; West Point Foundry Preserve, a historic Civil War-era preserve in New York; and the office of Perkins + Will, a design firm, in Atlanta.[read more]