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7 Top Trends for Sustainable Architecture in 2014

August 14, 2014 by Jeff Caldwell

Greener Buildings are Multiplying

“Sustainable City” may be a buzzword these days, but it’s a buzzword with substance. The number of buildings featuring green innovations is growing at a phenomenal rate. Here are some of the top trends for urban sustainable architecture in 2014.[read more]

From the Director's Chair: Sustainable Urban Transport Solutions Worth Spreading

August 13, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Sustainable Urban Transport

Adopting sustainable urban transport solutions worldwide has enormous potential to create more inclusive, safe and prosperous cities. The need is urgent: an additional 350 million people will move into cities by 2030 and 670 million more light duty vehicles will be on the world’s roads by the same year.[read more]

Why Light Rail Isn't a Waste of Money

August 12, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Light Rail Benefits

Last weekend a friend of mine sent me an article talking about why trams, streetcars, and light rail are a waste of money. The argument is basically that steetcars are expensive, less efficient, and that we should instead be spending our scarce public dollars on more buses.[read more]

São Paulo's New Master Plan Prioritizes Sustainable Urban Development

August 11, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Sao Paulo Master Plan

The largest city in Latin America has prioritized curbing car culture and making streets more pedestrian friendly. São Paulo’s new strategic master plan, unveiled on July 31, 2014, focuses on people-oriented development and improved public and non-motorized transport.[read more]

Community Energy Planning: From Visioning to Implementation

August 11, 2014 by Laura Tozer

Community Energy Plan

Communities across Canada are grappling with concerns about energy security, global warming, and environmental impacts of energy. In the search for ways to plan for their energy future, more and more municipalities are turning to community energy planning.[read more]

Small Living Spaces: Better for You and the Environment [INFOGRAPHIC]

August 10, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Compact Living Efficiency

While the “Great Recession” probably contributed greatly to the growth of the “tiny house” movement, there’s also plenty of evidence that bigger really isn’t better for living space. You have more room for your stuff but you’ve also got more to clean, more to heat and cool, and more to maintain.[read more]

The Landscape of Electric Charging Stations

August 9, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Electric Charging Stations

The car had a profound impact on the landscape of our cities (and that’s probably the understatement of the year). Not only did it force the decentralization of our cities (i.e. sprawl), but it dotted the landscape with gas stations and other things that cars required.[read more]


Let's Use Solar Energy to Power Air-Conditioning, Save Billions and Cut Emissions

August 7, 2014 by David Thorpe

Let solar power cool you off – no sweat!

You can use solar power for cooling and air conditioning, so why doesn't everybody do it? After all it's a match made in heaven: just when it's so hot you need the aircon, there's lots of solar energy around. Here's a description of the technology and some examples including a video.[read more]

What Makes a City a Smart One? [VIDEO]

August 7, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Defining Smart Cities

There’s a lot of buzz around the idea of a “smart city.” IBM is involved. Cisco is involved. And so are many others. But what exactly is a smart city? Adam Greenfield distills it down to one simple idea: It’s the missing link — the connective tissue — between the real estate and technology sectors.[read more]

Serious About Green Roofs: Are Cape Town and Durban Serious?

August 7, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Green Roof Development

The only incentive towards green roofs in South Africa is a sustainability rating tool called the Green Building Council’s Green Star SA Credits. This voluntary system was inspired by the 2002 Australian Green Star tool and has been in effect since 2007.[read more]


15 Technology Initiatives Greening European Cities Any City Can Take Inspiration From

August 6, 2014 by Green IT Amsterdam Region

IT – green it!

We would like to share a selection of some of the most inspiring initiatives from regarding green mobility, energy systems, smart city development, urban infrastructure, and greening industry efforts. At this moment those practices are being shared among cities with an inspiration to develop their own plans.[read more]

Six Ways to Reimagine Planning to Assist the Urban Global South

August 6, 2014 by This Big City

Planning in the Global South

Six ways of improving consultation and planning to improve life in the urban global South, that arose from discussions at a conference celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Development Planning Unit at University College, London.[read more]