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Safety And Efficiency In The Boiler Room [INFOGRAPHIC]

December 21, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Building Best Practices

Got a boiler room in your home or company’s basement? Then you’ve got an efficient and consistent source of heat during the winter: because boilers heat water which radiates throughout the building, they provide even, long-lasting comfort during the winter months.[read more]


Living the One Planet Life at the UK's 15 year old Sustainable Community

December 19, 2014 by David Thorpe

Dream home?

Hockerton housing cooperative is one of the UK's best-known example of one planet living. Five households have been forging a new way of living there for 15 years that is more sustainable than most, and self-sufficient in energy, water, sewage treatment and much food. They also run courses, both online and offline, and accept site visits.[read more]

Restoring the Lost Urban Waterways of Montreal, Quebec

December 19, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Waterway Restoration

Is it realistic to think about exhuming or recreating the streams and rivers that have disappeared in the wake of urbanization in the city of Montreal? Over the last few years, this idea has gained traction, even becoming the topic of a documentary in 2012 – with “Lost Rivers,” by Caroline Bacle.[read more]

The Heart of Davie Village Plaza: Colorfully Connecting People and Place

December 16, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces

Colorful Plaza Placemaking

Davie Village, a lively and diverse neighborhood in Vancouver’s West End, has a rich cultural history as the LGBTQ capital of the city. And VIVA Vancouver initiated a pilot project that would breathe new life into this treasured historical and cultural neighborhood.[read more]

If We Plant the Plants Will the Insects Follow?

December 13, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Nature and Urban Green Space

Remnants of indigenous vegetation are the only remaining examples of ecosystems that were once more extensive before human settlement. They are therefore vital for preserving and promoting biodiversity. Remnant vegetation also serves as a refuge for indigenous plants, fungi, and animals.[read more]

Trial and Error of CSAs and Farm Co-Ops is About to Pay Off in Baltimore City

December 12, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Baltimore and Urban Farming

The United States has lost over four million farms since 1930, which was around the time the economics and sustainability of farming was changed by factory farming and other challenges. Baltimore County has lost nearly 150 farms between 2002 and 2012.[read more]

Reinventing Industrial Milan: Old Factories Brought Back to Life in a Cultural Context

December 11, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Renewal and Industrial Milan

Reinventing Milan’s industrial past is bringing great benefits to the city’s cultural and artistic endeavours. The municipality seems to be focusing its attention on the re-use of old factories to increase cultural opportunities for its residents. Large spaces that once hosted manufacturing work are now being restructured into multi-cultural spaces that can host workshops and events.[read more]

A New Town Square for an Urbanizing Mesa

December 10, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

New Town Square

Colwell Shelor Landscape Architecture, West 8 Urban Design + Landscape Architecture, and Weddle Gilmore have won a competition to create Mesa City Center, a civic space destined to accelerate urbanization in Mesa, a city of more than 450,000 in the greater, sprawled-out area surrounding Phoenix, Arizona.[read more]

Testing the Numbers on Recycling of Recyclables

December 9, 2014 by Tyler Caine

Rcycling and Recyclables

Despite the millions of tons of waste that has been diverted from landfill for a life of reuse, we have certainly not reached the point where we are recycling everywhere, and the places that do recycle are often still trashing considerable amounts of waste that could have more life to live.[read more]

Unlocking Low-Carbon Growth Through Energy Efficient Cities

December 8, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Green Cites and Decarbonization


Urbanization is reshaping the economy, energy systems, and climate of our planet. Though global greenhouse gas emissions continue to grow, new practices in building energy efficiency and urban design can harness urbanization to address climate challenges while meeting these local needs.[read more]

Net-Positive Buildings: Why a Green Building Isn't What You Think It Is

December 8, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Net-Positive Buildings

While I think it’s great that the green agenda is much more front and center these days, we’re not yet on a sustainable path forward. For many, being green means buying a LEED certified home, and having a Tesla in the garage, and having a Nest thermostat on your wall. But they’re not the whole story.[read more]

London's Garden Bridge: Backing and Backlash

December 7, 2014 by Future Cape Town

London Garden Bridge

With planning approval granted from both Lambeth and Westminster, the final planning hurdle for the London Garden Bridge will be the seal of approval from the Mayor himself. But many Londoners are not convinced as convinced as the scheme’s celebrity backers.[read more]