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How Are We Going to Plan the Cities of the Future?

July 1, 2014 by This Big City

Future City Planning

With the Sustainable Development Goals under discussion and Habitat III on the horizon, we are arriving at a pivotal moment for the future of cities. As that most ubiquitous of statistics tells us, more than half of us globally now live in urban areas. This figure is projected to increase to 70% by 2050.[read more]

Agriculture Department to Demonstrate Green Infrastructure, Organic Farming in DC 'Outdoor Museum'

June 30, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

Green Infrastructure and Outdoor Museums

 

One of the more thoughtful landscaping undertakings I have seen will be installed over the next fifteen years on, appropriately enough, the grounds of the US Department of Agriculture headquarters. The site is prominently placed on the National Mall just steps away from the Washington Monument.[read more]

LEED in Dallas, Texas Focuses on Buildings, Lacks Neighborhood Sustainability

June 29, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

LEED Ratings and Neighborhoods

Can urbanism separate itself from the imperative of climate change? In North Texas, walkable areas become oases of activity in the expanse of suburban development. Areas such as The Shops at Legacy in Plano are examples of popular high-density mixed use development.[read more]

Longwood Gardens Unveils 86-acre Meadow Garden

June 27, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Longwood Gardens

Known for its exquisitely-crafted formal gardens, Longwood Gardens has just unveiled its new meadow garden, 86 acres showcasing “best practices in ecological garden design with artistic interventions,” and designed by Jonathan Alderson Landscape Architects with a team of local artisans.[read more]

Telus Launch Green Rooftop with Community Garden

June 25, 2014 by Derek Wong

Telus Green Roof

Office building green roofs tend to be a ‘spectator sport’: look but don’t touch. Telus, one of the Big-Three telecoms in Canada, launch their participatory rooftop garden in their downtown Toronto building where staff are encouraged to seed, water, weed, and harvest the vegetables.[read more]

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The 2014 Solar Decathlon: 17 Countries Compete to Design Sustainable Housing

June 25, 2014 by David Thorpe

Solar Versailles displays astonishing innovation

This Friday is the start of the Solar Decathlon 2014 in Versailles, Paris, France. It is an international competition created by the US Department of Energy in which universities from all over the world meet to design, build and operate grid-connected, super-efficient, energy self-sufficient housing.[read more]

3 Key Themes from the Bonn Climate Talks

Bonn Climate Talks

After nearly two weeks of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations in Bonn, the pathway to Paris and the new international climate agreement to be agreed there at the end of 2015 is beginning to emerge.[read more]

Sustainability According to the Haves and the Have-Nots

June 18, 2014 by Tazmine Loomans

Inequality and Sustainability

 

Recently, theRoot.com asked if black people care about sustainability and climate change and if yes, why they don’t talk about it more. The article declares that “the ill-fated climate-change debate is as white as late-night talk shows.” But Brentin Mock of Grist says this is the wrong question to ask.[read more]

10 of the Most Innovative Sustainability Solutions from Cities Across the Globe

June 17, 2014 by This Big City

Urban Sustainability Ideas

This time last year we shared ten awesome sustainability ideas from cities, and now we’re doing it again. These ideas are taken from the 2014 Sustainia 100 report – an “annual guide to 100 innovative sustainability solutions from around the world” that launches today.[read more]

Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie, Montreal Implements 'Ecological' Vehicle Permits

June 17, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Eco Vehicle Permits

In order to encourage citizens to abandon their gas-fueled vehicles, the Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie, Montreal district will be implementing a fee on parking permits that favors environmentally-friendly cars. Owners of electrical vehicles will pay $58, hybrid models $87, and gas-fueled cars $115.[read more]

Pitfalls and Potential: Climate Change Vulnerability in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Dhaka and Climate Change

According to various reports from the United Nations, future temperatures are likely to warm anywhere from 3 up to 6 degrees Fahrenheit by the year 2100, and scientists have been warning us that “the world is ill-equipped to deal with the impacts of warming.”[read more]

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Key Performance Indicators for Eco Cities in the Asia-Pacific Region

June 12, 2014 by David Thorpe

An Asian-Pacific vision of an eco-city.

China and Singapore are building eco-cities, of which Tianjin is one example, at the same time compiling guidelines on how to design and implement low carbon towns, with matching indicators, which are already being applied by a partnership across the Pacific in the Americas.[read more]