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Turning Parking Lots into Places for Sustainable City Discovery

October 30, 2014 by This Big City

Parking Lots and Discovery

I propose that parking lots around the city reserve just two spaces — one from hundreds of spaces in most lots — that will be transformed into an inviting and safe area for parking lot users to connect with other transit systems and find information about nearby places and services.[read more]

Halifax Turns its Library into the City's Living Room

October 28, 2014 by Jillian Glover

Libraries and Public Placemaking

As libraries struggle to stay relevant against the instant allure of e-readers, Google, Netflix and online music streaming, Halifax is taking a big step in making them cool again. The city is currently transforming its Halifax Central Public Library into a community hub for the digital age.[read more]

Housing, Politics, and a Basic Pride of Place

October 27, 2014 by Chuck Wolfe

Housing, Politics, and Places

What do the politics of urban housing have to do with a seasonal caravan park in Provence? For me, the answer is clear. Our political discussions, mired in jargon and positioning, often lose sight of a human pride of place inherent in even the simplest forms of shelter.[read more]

The Story of Two Urban Giants [VIDEO]

October 24, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Skyscrapers and History

I recently stumbled upon an interesting documentary about two New York skyscrapers that were built in the 1930s as telecommunications buildings: the Western Union Building and the AT&T Long Lines Building. It’s fascinating to see how they have evolved along with technological change.[read more]

Connective Tissue Matters in the Nature of Cities

October 22, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Cities and Connections

The aim of ecologists and scientists to strengthen the capacity of the city to connect nature within and across it, and is the same instinct that those of us who focus on the physical shape and function of city have: to enable connectivity than enhances the overall function of the whole.[read more]

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Indian Industry Think Tank Proposes Improved Government Guidelines on Smart Cities Resilience Model

October 21, 2014 by David Thorpe

The report's cover

An Indian business think tank has developed a Smart Cities Maturity Model (SCMM) to establish the metrics to be applied to a Future City for gauging resilience. It argues that current investment in India for its 100 Smart Cities programme must apply these to be successful, and is dangerously narrow-focussed at present.[read more]

Speeding in Paradise: Contradictions Abound at Rio de Janeiro's Beachfront

October 21, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Rio Beachfront Traffic

Rio de Janeiro is breathtaking. It just takes a walk along the boardwalk to be completely absorbed by the city’s natural beauty. Before arriving, however, beachgoers must take their life into their own hands crossing the busy Avenida Vieira Souto before they can settle in on their beach towel.[read more]

X Marks the Spot for the 11th Street Bridge Park

October 21, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

DC and Bridge Design

Landscape architecture firm OLIN and architecture firm OMA were announced as the winners of a national design competition to create a 900-foot-long bridge park spanning the Anacostia River in D.C. According to 11th Street Bridge Park executive director Scott Kratz, the jury unanimously selected this team.[read more]

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USAID Signs Deals to Foster Eco-Cities in the Middle East

October 20, 2014 by David Thorpe

USAID's paradigm shift on waste 

Mediterranean cities and those of the Middle East should move towards a green economy, delegates said at The Eco Cities of the Mediterranean Forum, which is being held in Amman, Jordan, and where three major agreements have been signed by USAID to finance sustainable developments.[read more]

When One Story Makes Sense

October 20, 2014 by Joe Nickol

Keeping the One Story

A quiet crisis is emerging in our building practice: one story buildings are being coded out of the system right when we need them most. While it is true that the Wendy's and Walgreens of the world earn their anti-urban distinction, we should hesitate to throw the one story baby out with the suburban bathwater.[read more]

Casablanca, Morocco Inaugurates its New Casa-port Train Station

October 19, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Casablanca Train Station

His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco recently inaugurated the new train station of Casa-port, which is a crowning achievement for the national transportation network’s modern heritage, and the first of its kind in Morocco in terms of design and facilities.[read more]

The Evolution of Glass Houses

October 18, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

Glass House Design and History

In 1949, when Phillip Johnson designed the world-famous glass house in New Canaan, Connecticut, it is doubtful he thought much about the adage, “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.” I doubt Mr. Johnson specified much in the way of thermal-pane glass, either.[read more]