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Benefits and Challenges of Walking and Biking in Riverside County, California

November 23, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Walking and Biking in Riverside

In August, the California Department of Transportation announced funding awards for the first round of the Active Transportation Program (ATP). The ATP funds walking and biking projects, illustrating that active transportation can be a significant component of a more efficient transportation future.[read more]

Building Environmentally Integrated Homes

November 23, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Environmental Home Design

As more and more people wake up to the importance of sustainability, I think that firms such as Solares Architecture are going to become even more important. This is not just about a LEED rating, it’s about a mission. And I think that’s also great for the profession of architecture.[read more]

From Vacant Lot to Garden Spot: LA-Based Nonprofit Greens Up Blighted Land

November 22, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Fixing Blighted Urban Land

Los Angeles-headquartered From Lot to Spot is true to its name—the organization transforms unused, vacant lots into vibrant spots of green space and parkland. According to founder Viviana Franco, they have spearheaded several urban and community garden initiatives throughout Southern California.[read more]

Belval: From Luxembourg's Largest Steelworks to Mixed-Use Community

November 22, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Urbanism and Community Building Reclamation

Belval is a neighborhood in the west end of Luxembourg’s second largest city, Esch-sur-Alzette. The neighborhood used to consist of the largest steelworks in the country. But with the decline of steel production, the area fell into decline. Today, it’s being reborn as a 21st century mixed-use community.[read more]

Major Revamp Planned for D.C.'s South Mall

November 21, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

National Mall Revamp

 

The new master plan for the Smithsonian’s South Mall campus, which runs from the Hirshhorn Museum all the way to the Freer Museum, is a shocker. It obliterates the existing landscape, filled with intimate nooks that invite exploration, in favor of “improved connectivity” and open plazas.[read more]

'Living Breakwaters' Wins Buckminster Fuller Challenge

November 20, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Living Breakwaters

SCAPE / Landscape Architecture, founded by Kate Orff, ASLA, has just received $100,000 from the Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) for their “comprehensive climate change adaptation and community development project” called Living Breakwaters.[read more]

Using 'Plot-Based Urbanism' to Reclaim the Basic Unit of the City

November 19, 2014 by Chuck Wolfe

Reclaiming the City

Plot-based urbanism returns to first principles of city-building, and underscores the importance of the plot in sustainable urban development over time. The approach derives from historic traditions of placemaking, fosters staged growth, mixed land uses, encourages informal participation, and respects local culture.[read more]

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Favelas Can Teach Us About Future Cities – Sir David King

November 18, 2014 by David Thorpe

The people who build favelas know what they're doing.

The UK Foreign Secretary's Special Representative for Climate Change, Sir David King, is tonight to tell colleagues dealing with urban innovation that shantytowns, favelas and mediaeval towns have much to teach us about how cities should be organised.[read more]

Finding the Lines

November 18, 2014 by Kristen Jeffers

Housing and History

Once upon a time, the Home Owners Loan Corporation, the New Deal era agency that refinanced struggling mortgages. graded neighborhoods based on race, country of origin and other more practical and less discriminatory methods. This practice, known as “redlining” looks different in every community.[read more]

Open Data Benefits Cities and Citizens: A Q&A with Jyot Chadha

November 18, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Data and Cities

EMBARQ India spoke with Jyot Chadha, head of EMBARQ India’s Initiative to Catalyze Urban Innovations, about the launch of a new Data Visualization Challenge, which encourages citizens to use publicly released data to create data visualizations that shed light on mobility in Indian cities.[read more]

Regularization of Land Titles: Who Benefits?

November 17, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Land Titling in Lagos

The Nigerian Land Use Act (1978) encourages land disputes, forced evictions, and insecurity of tenure, which hinders productivity within the housing sector. It states that the Governor of the State owns all land in that State and therefore is responsible for the allocation of land.[read more]

Exploring Mixed Use and the Human Dimension

November 13, 2014 by Chuck Wolfe

Mixed Use Buildings

On a walk from Fréjus to Saint-Raphaël, an man asked why I had just taken a photo of his house. I offered to erase the photograph, which was intended to show, in modern urbanist visual language, the delight of a stamp and coin shop as first floor retail at an intersection across the world from our hometown.[read more]