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Placemaking's Ripple Effect: How a Beach Downtown is Making Waves in Detroit

October 1, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces

Placemaking and Wide Effects

At first glance, a Google image search for the term “Detroit” returns an alarmingly one-sided portrayal of the Motor City. Photographs of crumbling buildings dominate so much. Scroll a bit further and one image breaks through the monotony – a beach.[read more]

Energy Efficiency and Waste: Power for Your Pound

September 30, 2014 by Glenn Vowles

Energy Cost and Waste

Debates on UK energy policy focus almost exclusively on energy generation/production and often neglect even to mention energy saving and energy efficiency. It’s much cheaper to save energy and be efficient than it is to generate it.[read more]

Green vs. Grey: Every City is a Living Body

September 29, 2014 by Ivan Bruce
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Cities as Bodies

The thought that nature can also be an infrastructure is not new; nature can be harnessed to provide services within the urban environment, by reducing risk of flooding or excessive heat, or improving air quality. When nature is harnessed by people it is known as "green infrastructure."[read more]

Clean Water, Green Parks: Stormwater Management in Heartland Park

September 26, 2014 by City Parks Blog

Stormwater Management

Scheduled to complete construction this coming fall, Heartland Park is funded in part by a 319 Grant awarded in 2011 by the EPA through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Implementation of a Watershed Management Plan helped the development of Heartland Park’s green infrastructure.[read more]

Urban Farming Co. Takes Aquaponic Farming to Europe's Rooftops

September 25, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

European Rooftop Farming

UrbanFarmers is on a mission to bring commercial-grade urban farming to consumers hungry for fresh locally-grown produce, and it’s doing so from the rooftops. Based in Zürich, Switzerland, the company offers a brand of rooftop-based and modular growing systems using aquaponics.[read more]

Hive Farm Proposes Plug and Play Vertical Farming

September 24, 2014 by Tyler Caine

Verticle Farming Innovation

While the interest in the prospects of Vertical Farming have picked up over the last few years with the topic finding its way into more articles and design competitions, we have yet to see a corresponding surge in prototypes going into construction.[read more]

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The Cities That Are Leading on Climate Change

September 24, 2014 by David Thorpe

Monday's awards ceremony

The winners of the second annual City Climate Leadership Awards were revealed on Monday night by C40 and Siemens at an award ceremony in New York City. The Awards recognize cities all over the world that have achieved excellence in urban sustainability and leadership in the fight against climate change.[read more]

How Cities can Save Trillions, Curb Climate Change, and Improve Public Health

September 24, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Urban Savings and Benefits

No strategy for reducing the impacts of global climate change is complete without addressing the challenge of urbanization. Cities contribute about 70% of energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, despite only accounting for 2% of global land area.[read more]

Reclaiming Urban Space for People with the Picnic Blanket Effect

September 23, 2014 by Taz Loomans

Reclaiming Urban Space

 

I encountered an example of defining a new space merely by putting something on the ground this weekend at the Belmont Street Fair. At the intersection of SE 34th and Belmont, which is usually never a space that you would actually want to hang out in, the organizers of the fair put down a round piece of turf.[read more]

Athens is Building the World's Largest City Park

September 23, 2014 by Jillian Glover

Athens and Green Space Expansion

Athens has plans to finally provide its citizens with a source of respite, as it is poised to be home to the world’s largest city park. Hellenikon Metropolitan Park will be 2 million square meters, providing the city with the green space it desperately needs.[read more]

Sustainability, Adaptation, Resilience, Building Integrated Agriculture and a Black Eye

September 22, 2014 by Oscar Rodriguez
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Urbanism and a Black Eye

If "resilience" is to be the next "thing" in climate change discourse, we should be aware that it implies a war-like footing. If climate change and resource constriction are challenges to be fought, we should be careful in our choice of "guard hands" and look to approaches that offer flexibility.[read more]

Milan on Water: Navigli, the Planning Legacy of Leonardo da Vinci

September 21, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Water and Milan

The term “naviglio” is the Italian term for “canal.” Therefore, “Navigli” the plural of “naviglio,” is the name for the artificial canals of Milan. They were built between 1179 (Naviglio Grande) and the 16th century (Naviglio Martesana) with the purpose of making Milan accessible from the Ticino and Adda rivers.[read more]