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Ecological Landscape Design for Urban Biodiversity, Ecological Education and Nature Restoration in Kyushu, Japan

July 28, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Japan and Urban Biodiversity

We have been designing school gardens, river banks, urban forests and city parks over the last 12 years. The aim of these projects is to create areas for children’s play, ecological education, and biodiversity preservation that can simultaneously form part of an ecological network in an urban area.[read more]

To Measure Summer Smog, Plant an Ozone Garden

July 27, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Ozone Gardens

Community Radio of Northern California asks: “What if you could look at the plants in your garden in order to learn if the air around you is clean or dirty?” Turns out the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, enables us to do just that with their new ozone garden.[read more]

Michigan Market Serves Neighborhood with Incubator Kitchen, Indoor Market, and Online Food Hub

Dynamic Michigan Market

Local food growers, consumers and entrepreneurs in the Lansing, Michigan area have had good cause to celebrate as of late. Allen Neighborhood Center, a community development agency that doubles as Mid-Michigan’s nonprofit food hub, opened the doors of a warehouse they’d spent months renovating.[read more]

A City's Shared Gardens

July 26, 2014 by Kate Gallery

Urban Gardens

I used to love walking through Fort Mason’s not-so-secret city garden when I lived in San Francisco. I’d see people awake in the early morning, hard at work tending to their tomatoes and peppers and roses. Their tiny plots were so precious to them.[read more]

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Belo Horizonte Helps Namibian Mayors Pledge to End Hunger and Malnutrition

July 25, 2014 by David Thorpe

Windhoek's Cllr Agnes Kafula and Cllr Uilika Nambahu presenting the Final Declaration.

A declaration to end hunger in Namibia was adopted yesterday by mayors, policymakers, technicians, experts, and representatives of civil society organizations in Windhoek yesterday. The measures agreed, derived from experience in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, will act as a beacon to other developing countries where informal settlements are growing fast, and there is an urgent need to find sustainable means to feed their inhabitants.[read more]

Food Security in the South African Context

July 19, 2014 by Future Cape Town

South Africa and Food Security

Kicking-off the first week of workshops at Department of Design was an examination of food security from the South African perspective. Our first speaker, Mzokhona Mvemve from East London Industrial Development Zone, provided listeners with a synopsis of food security.[read more]

5 Tech-Savvy Hacks and Apps to 'Smartify' Indoor Agriculture

Indoor Agriculture Innovation

 

One of the most tech-savvy areas of the sustainable agriculture revolution is indoor agriculture – growing in warehouses, containers and greenhouses using hydroponic, aquaponic and aeroponic systems, and the industry has seen a wave of new technology commercialized of late.[read more]

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Obama Declares His Climate Change Resilience Strategy

July 17, 2014 by David Thorpe

President Obama has given more details of the $1 billion competitive fund for making American cities more resilient to the extremes of climate change. At the same time he took a swipe at his opponents in Congress who are opposing his measures to tackle global warming.[read more]

Detroit Program Turns Underutilized Spaces Into Incubation Kitchens

Detroit Spaces and the Food Business

Finding a place to prepare one’s product is a challenge faced by many food startups. In Motor City, a nonprofit program called Detroit Kitchen Connect is solving that problem by linking up local food businesses with underutilized neighborhood kitchen spaces.[read more]

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21 Features of the Future Sustainable City

July 15, 2014 by David Thorpe

Sustainability is about our children's children's lives.

We already have many of the ideas and inventions that are needed to make cities truly sustainable. Other ingredients are presently in development. In this article I make an attempt to summarise many of the key elements. In the comments section you are welcome to suggest more.[read more]

Baltimore's Recreation and Parks Department Boosts Urban Farming With City Farms

Baltimore City Farmsing

Urban gardening is a long-time tradition in the city of Baltimore, Maryland, according to the new City Farms Coordinator Harold McCray. “Its original purpose was in response to urban hunger and malnutrition—that was its root,” McCray says.[read more]

Alabama Food Bank Focuses on Growing the Local Food System to Alleviate Hunger

Local Food, Local Hunger

“Our challenge is not only feeding people who are hungry today, but how do we work proactively to address the causes of hunger and poverty?” asks Kathryn Strickland, who works as the Executive Director of the Food Bank of North Alabama.[read more]