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Check How Your Area Ranks on a Livability Index of US Cities

May 19, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Check how your area ranks

AARP (formerly the American Association of Retired Persons) is backing liveable, walkable, affordable communities for seniors. Its new liveability index of US cities provides an easy-to-use tool that enables anyone to plug in an address or zip code to determine how liveable their community is.[read more]

Where is Walking in the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

May 18, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

The SDGs need to promote walking and currently don't

This September the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will set the new strategic framework for all UN member states to inform their political agendas and policy initiatives over the next 15 years. While walking will underpin attempts to achieve many of the targets outlined in the Goals, walking is actually absent from them. Why?[read more]

Brightwater: Infrastructure from the Future

May 17, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Water Infrastructure

Imagine a wastewater treatment facility where people get married, amid 40-acres of restored salmon habitat with designed ponds and wetlands. It sounds far-fetched but it’s reality in Snohomish County, Washington, near the border with King County, about an hour northeast from downtown Seattle.[read more]

Cape Town's People Are Our Biggest Attraction

May 17, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Cape Town Culture

You know the seasons are changing when the sunshine starts feeling extra special and just stepping into the shade of a tree sends chills down the spine. We start layering and nesting, and I found myself admiring an embroidered scarf that a colleague bought from a Ghanaian trader on St George’s Mall.[read more]

The Perfect High Street

May 17, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

High Streets and Design

How do you create and maintain a thriving high street in this era of increasing online shopping? This was one of the questions that Monocle asked at its recent Quality of Life Conference in Lisbon, along with an interesting video with its recommendations.[read more]

Creatively Engaging Road Safety with a Graphic Narrative

Safety in Comics

India has the highest number of accident fatalities in the world. But the pressing issue of road safety is rarely taken seriously. This is particularly apparent, given the high frequency and intensity of risks that motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists take on a daily basis.[read more]

The Most Beautiful Boulevard: Austria, Vienna Celebrates Ringstrasse's 150th Birthday

Ringstrasse and History

With its museums, austere Habsburg palaces, and the soaring spires of government offices more beautiful than most cathedrals, Austria’s capital city is breathtaking. Visitors to central Vienna are often left enchanted by the Ringstrasse, the historic ring road encircling the city’s innermost district.[read more]

Red Stripes, Iceberg Homes, and Laneway Houses

May 16, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Recently I was reading a CityLab article talking about a homeowner in London’s wealthy Kensington neighborhood who painted her house in red stripes after the city and her neighbors derailed her renovation plans. I’m thinking it is supposed to be symbolic of government “red tape.”[read more]

Meet Alfredo Brillembourg of Urban-Think Tank

May 15, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Urbanism and architecture

Meet Alfredo Brillembourg, a Venezuelan architect and founder of Urban-Think Tank (U-TT), “.. an interdisciplinary design practice dedicated to high-level research and design in contemporary architecture and urbanism”. "We are focused on housing, from our Empower Shack project in South Africa to the Open Village research and design studio at ETH Zürich."[read more]

Is the Low-Carbon Economy a Business Opportunity, Moral Mandate, or Both?

May 15, 2015 by GBIG Insight

An increasing number of corporations, financial institutions, and foundations are making headlines with bold initiatives focused on mitigating climate change via real estate and infrastructure investments. Is this just about doing the right thing? I would argue that it is about much more than that.[read more]

A Time-Lapse of the Urban Explosion in Dubai [VIDEO]

May 15, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Urban Growth in Dubai

I’ve only been to Dubai once. I had a lot of fun, but it’s not my favorite city in the world. That’s largely because I tend not to be drawn to cities where you feel like you need to drive in order to properly experience it. This time-lapse video sure makes the city look cool. But sustainable?[read more]

The Fight Begins for Sidewalks in Sao Paolo

Sao Paulo needs sidewalks

For a long time São Paulo, Brazil has suffered from a lack of quality sidewalks. However, the achievement of ciclovias (cycle lanes) in the city has begun to generate a broader discussion about active mobility. Thus the Association for Mobility on Foot in São Paulo was born.[read more]