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Indian Business Leaders Slam Government Guidelines on Smart Cities and Propose Resilience Model

October 21, 2014 by David Thorpe

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An Indian business think tank has developed a Smart Cities Maturity Model (SCMM) to establish the metrics to be applied to a Future City for gauging resilience. It argues that current investment in India for its 100 Smart Cities programme must apply these to be successful, and is dangerously narrow-focussed at present.[read more]

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USAID Signs Deals to Foster Eco-Cities in the Middle East

October 20, 2014 by David Thorpe

USAID's paradigm shift on waste 

Mediterranean cities and those of the Middle East should move towards a green economy, delegates said at The Eco Cities of the Mediterranean Forum, which is being held in Amman, Jordan, and where three major agreements have been signed by USAID to finance sustainable developments.[read more]

The Evolution of Glass Houses

October 18, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

Glass House Design and History

In 1949, when Phillip Johnson designed the world-famous glass house in New Canaan, Connecticut, it is doubtful he thought much about the adage, “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.” I doubt Mr. Johnson specified much in the way of thermal-pane glass, either.[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]

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Why Are European States Refusing to Eco-Refit Their Public Buildings?

October 17, 2014 by David Thorpe

The European Commission has set a target for 3% of public buildings throughout the continent to be renovated to improve their energy efficiency every year. We all know this will save public money on energy bills. But most countries are dragging their feet. Why?[read more]

Solar City Will Offer New Homeowner Financing Program on Solar Systems

October 17, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

For those wanting to convert their electrical energy supply to solar panels, but have been road-blocked by affordability issues, such as the up-front cost, Solar City has announced it will start offering homeowners a form of financing for their solar system called MyPower.[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]

Dumpster Diving to Meet Living Building Challenge Requirements

October 16, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Buildings Requirements and Waste

 

All green building standards either encourage or even require percentages of recycled material. You might find this element met in the building itself, or in fixtures and furnishings, but in almost every case, you going to see “new” products made from recycled material.[read more]

Line Ramstad's Democracy Through Design

October 15, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Democracy and Design

“Do no harm.” These are the wise and important words echoed again and again by Line Ramstad, the Norwegian-born designer who since 2009 has lived and worked in a refugee camp in a disputed zone near the border of Thailand and Burma.[read more]

Urban Protected Areas: Important for Urban People, Important for Nature Conservation Globally

October 15, 2014 by The Nature of Cities
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Urban Protected Areas

The international conservation movement traditionally has concentrated on protecting things like large, remote areas that have relatively intact natural ecosystems. It has given a lot less attention to urban places and urban people, however.[read more]

Five Ways to Organize Fundamental Sustainability Change

October 14, 2014 by This Big City
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Urban Sustainability and Change

Cities offer a promising intervention level for decisive local action to address sustainability challenges, especially in terms of policy and societal action. City officials are, however, often confronted with the limitations of the policy instruments available to them.[read more]

No Need to Waste Energy at Home: How to Improve Your Efficiency [INFOGRAPHIC]

October 12, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Home Energy Waste and Savings

Dreading the coming Winter, and those ugly heating bills that almost always accompany it? Yep, we hear you. On the upside, there are lots of things you can do to ensure that you don’t waste energy at home, and only pay for actual heating of your home’s space (and not the great outdoors).[read more]