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Testing Urban Resilience Strategies with Pilot Projects

Pilot projects allow strategies to be tested

Pilot projects allow resilience-building institutions to look before they leap, yet many pilots encounter resistance—and with good reason. The large-scale problems facing cities demand large-scale solutions, but often this action never materializes. Without taking time to follow up on lessons learned, even a successful pilot can be a waste.[read more]

Four Improvements Cities Can Make For Families

April 1, 2015 by Bradley Calvert

Every city is different and some face many more challenges than others in becoming more family friendly. But despite these challenges there are solutions and beginnings that nearly all cities could start adopting relatively quickly to create an environment that is more supportive of families.[read more]

New Research: In California's Unyielding Drought, Green Buildings Can Help

April 1, 2015 by GBIG Insight

Building Water Management in California

Many thousands of buildings in the State of California have demonstrated how water conservation and water resource management has been prioritized in the 15 years since the launch of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED green building certification program.[read more]

From Suburban Houses to Downtown Condos

April 1, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Last Friday the Financial Post published an interesting article talking about Mattamy Homes and the new office that its founder, Peter Gilgan, is in the process of opening up downtown in the Toronto-Dominion Centre (which just so happens to be my favorite office complex in the city).[read more]

Burlington, Vermont: A City Powered by Renewable Energy

April 1, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Renewable energy transition in Burlington

Burlington, Vermont, located in the American Northeast, became the first city in the country to become completely powered by renewables at the start of 2015. This is a small revolution in a country where carbon levels remain at particularly high levels.[read more]

California Start-Up Brings Precision Irrigation to Water-Conscious Growers

Water Resource Management

If you are a farmer in California, there is one issue that should be on your mind at all times: water conservation. As California enters its fourth year of drought, recent estimates suggest that the state only has enough water in its reservoirs to last one more year.[read more]

Five Ways to Do Urban Stadiums and Arenas Right

March 31, 2015 by Kristen Jeffers

Urban Stadiums and Community Communication

A major battle going on in placemaking circles is that of sports teams and sports venues. How should they be financed? Should they be in open fields or should they take up blocks of downtown districts? What happens to the displaced homeowners and renters? What happens when they fall into disrepair?[read more]

American Recycling: Time to Revalue and Recoup

March 31, 2015 by Tyler Caine

Closing the Recycling Gap

 

Within the realm of broad sustainability efforts in this country, recycling could be considered one of the veterans. Recycling programs have existed in America since the 1990’s, but they still have not yet reached their maturity, falling short of refined systems streamlined for maximum impact at minimum cost.[read more]

Why Smart Growth Cities are Safer, Healthier, and Wealthier

Americans living in sprawl bear $625 billion in extra costs. The public costs are an extra $400 billion each year.

Developing countries are projected to gain 2.2 billion new urban residents up to 2050. Governments and city leaders have a choice: they can develop cities that are sprawled and auto-dependent, or ones that are connected, compact, and coordinated. Upon the result depends people's safety, health and wealth.[read more]

From Village to City, We Are What We Throw Away

March 31, 2015 by Chuck Wolfe

Urban Waste and Identity

We clothe our discarded items in different forms and colors, but our built environments always have small places devoted to what we throw away. This observation is not new. But this element of daily life creates a legible catalog of best practices followed by residents, municipalities and private contractors.[read more]

How New Ordinances Will Revitalize Los Angeles River Communities

March 31, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Using planning policy to improve communities.

In recent years, momentum has been building finally to recognize the Los Angeles River as an integral part of the city’s cultural identity and to use planning policy to improve its communities. After many years of painful neglect, the river now has the potential to help nurture future communities and public spaces.[read more]

South Africa's Hopes of Planning Better Cities and Communities

March 31, 2015 by Future Cape Town

South Africa Urban Development

Sizwe Mxobo is the recent recipient of the Young Planner of the Year award. His original ideas on informality and achieving ‘social cohesion’ in his city have caused a stir in the urbanist community and are making even the most laidback Capetonians to sit up a little and listen to what he has to say.[read more]