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Lagos Rising: Where Next for 'Africa's London'? [VIDEO]

October 19, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Lagos and the Future

Lagos is the world’s fastest growing megacity, and it is currently riding on the wave of their lucrative oil industry and expanding economy. But while skyscrapers furnish the business elite, millions who live in the slums of Lagos wonder if they will benefit.[read more]

Bees and Belonging in Ottawa's Resilient Community Gardens

October 18, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Ottawa Community Gardens

 

A new grassroots city-building movement is redefining the urban landscape in Ottawa. In neighbourhoods, residents are coming together to create stronger, more resilient communities by growing their own food in urban community gardens.[read more]

DC Urban Agriculture Bill Could Encourage Farming With Tax Breaks

October 16, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

DC Legislation and Urban Agriculture

The urban farming movement finally appears to be coming of age in the nation’s capital. No longer just a novel idea, it’s now on the cusp of receiving institutional support from DC’s city leaders–that is if its backers can get votes to line up in their favor.[read more]

An Urban Building Built from Its Own Waste? The London Organic Skyscraper

October 10, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Recycled Skyscraper

A special mention at the SuperSkyScrapers competition, the London Organic Skyscraper “grows” as it’s built, over time, from panels made from plastic waste from current residents. The collection and separation of materials, as well as the fabrication of the panels, would all take place within the building itself.[read more]

Five of the Best Placemaking Initiatives in the US

October 9, 2014 by This Big City

Great Placemaking

Many cities such as New York, Boston, Montreal and Copenhagen have created public playgrounds by installing swings for their communities (both adults and children) to play with for leisure, making the public space a friendly and creative place to be.[read more]

The Story of Congress Square Park: How A Derelict Plaza Got a New Identity Downtown

October 8, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces

Congress Square Park

Many great public spaces have grown out of communities resisting development. It is the evolution from opposition to proactive visioning that often makes the opposition successful. Congress Square, and the community around it, are forging this story of transformation.[read more]

Claude and Duval: Le Corbusier's Only Industrial Building Continues to Operate

October 3, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Historical Architecture and Use

The city of Saint-Die-des-Vosges has the only industrial building the famous Swiss architect Le Corbusier conceived. It has always remained active, and the site of the Claude and Duval hosiery houses eighty workers even to this very day.[read more]

Brilliant Idea: The Green Benefits District

October 2, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Green Benefits District

At the EcoDistricts Summit in Washington, D.C., two urban innovators from San Francisco, the home of so many game-changing technologies, have come up with a truly brilliant idea: the Green Benefits District (GBD), a sort of green business improvement district.[read more]

Energy Efficiency and Waste: Power for Your Pound

September 30, 2014 by Glenn Vowles

Energy Cost and Waste

Debates on UK energy policy focus almost exclusively on energy generation/production and often neglect even to mention energy saving and energy efficiency. It’s much cheaper to save energy and be efficient than it is to generate it.[read more]

What Burning Man Taught Me About Cities

September 27, 2014 by This Big City

Burning Man and Cities

Recently 68,000 people traveled to a desert in Nevada to build a city. Within a few weeks, there will be no remains of the city: Every structure, tent, bicycle, glow stick, and piece of trash will be gone. As a first time visitor, I initially found Burning Man to be like the SimCity of social experimentation.[read more]

Clean Water, Green Parks: Stormwater Management in Heartland Park

September 26, 2014 by City Parks Blog

Stormwater Management

Scheduled to complete construction this coming fall, Heartland Park is funded in part by a 319 Grant awarded in 2011 by the EPA through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Implementation of a Watershed Management Plan helped the development of Heartland Park’s green infrastructure.[read more]

In Brussels, Belgium, the Demolition of an Overpass Will Give Neighborhood New Life

September 25, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Roads and Neighborhoods

The Reyers overpass situated in Shaerbeek will be destroyed between now and 2015. Brussels Ministers came to the agreement this Thursday during their beginning-of-the-school-year meeting. And so in Brussels, a page turns for this badly-aged, forty year-old work of art.[read more]