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Architects Hail from New York City and Europe to Talk Urban Resiliency

December 16, 2014 by Tyler Caine

Architects and Urban Resiliency

There are no silver bullets for solving challenges surrounding sustainability. Part of this is due to complexity, some is due there being so many points of view for problem solving, and some responsibility falls on the fact that there are so many different situations around the world with unique contextual conditions.[read more]

Green Growth Strategies for Environmentally Sustainable Cities

December 15, 2014 by Anne Staley

Green Urban Growth

 

The contemporary urban lifestyle is driven by awareness about sustainability, thanks to the advent of the internet, new technology, and the widespread concern about disturbing the ecological equilibrium. Going one up on the ‘green quotient’ is what organizations around the world, small and large, are after.[read more]

U.S. to See More Urban Farming in 2015 as Economics Improve, Consumer Demand Increases, and More Incentives are Added

December 15, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Urban Farming in 2015

Urban agriculture is expected to maintain strong growth in the United States in 2015 as cities and states provide more incentives, more start-up farmers enter the field, smaller operations improve their profitability and consumer demand for locally grown food remains strong.[read more]

Lagos in 2015: Planning for the Coming Year

December 15, 2014 by Future Cape Town

The Next Year in Lagos

 

It is hard to describe what will transpire in Lagos next year because of the upcoming elections both in Lagos state and across Nigeria, leaving a sense of uncertainty until a new governor is elected. However, there are some elements that hint at priority areas for 2015.[read more]

Three Promising Strategies for Financing Sustainable Cities

December 15, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Financing Sustainable Cities

 

Sustainable, accessible, thriving cities are within our reach. Investing in solutions like energy and building efficiency, integrated public transit and better land use can improve health, quality of life and economic opportunities. Civic leaders can look to three pathways to trigger more sustainable investment through climate finance and make capital more accessible to cities.[read more]

No Credit Card Needed for Community Access Bikeshare in Ontario, Canada

December 13, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Ontario Bikeshare

Summer 2013 saw the birth of a new breed of bikesharing: Community Access Bikeshare, or CAB, located in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Now just a year down the line, this modest bikeshare has countless ambitions to put community-based cycling infrastructure on the map.[read more]

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More Cities Must Take Unilateral Action on Climate Change

December 12, 2014 by David Thorpe

Japan has the largest density of cities pledging climate action.

319 cities have pledged action on climate change at the Lima conference, COP20. Feelings amongst delegates are optimistic for a legally-binding global deal next year in Paris. But total actions so far will not limit global warming to within 2°C. Many more cities therefore need to step up, sidetrack their national governments, and take action on their own.[read more]

Five New Resources for More Sustainable Brazilian Cities

December 11, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Urban Brazil and Sustainability

Over the past ten years, demand for urban public transport has decreased by 33% in Brazilian cities while car sales are on the rise. A number of Brazilian cities, however, are transitioning towards sustainable urban development and sustainable mobility.[read more]

Fracking: Can Getting Involved Do Any Good?

December 11, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Fracking and Landscape Architecture

Do landscape architects have an ethical obligation to involve themselves in mitigating the impacts of fracking if communities decide to move forward with it?[read more]

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4 Ways to Plan Neighborhoods and Buildings to Minimize Energy Use

December 10, 2014 by David Thorpe

Ideal building layout style for hot countries.

Conventional buildings consume much energy for heating and cooling to protect them from the temperature effects of climate and seasons. But some basic thought and planning, in combination with passive solar building design techniques, can help to radically reduce these energy costs.[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]

Hundreds of Cities Poised to Replicate Rio's Approach to Measuring and Reducing Emissions

December 10, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Rio Emissions Reductions

In 2011, Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes enacted an ambitious climate change law, setting a goal to avoid 20% of its emissions by 2020, based on 2005 levels. There was only one problem: the city wasn’t sure just how much it was emitting, or where its emissions were coming from.[read more]