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The Futuristic, Sustainable Cities Inspired by Arcology

September 19, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Futurism and Arcology

By 2050, the world’s population is estimated to grow to 9.6 billion, with 66% living in cities. How can we accommodate urbanization while avoiding costly urban sprawl that can lead to unequal access to transport and increased greenhouse gas emissions? The efficient, dense, self-contained cities of arcology.[read more]

Teenagers Pedal for a Greener Neighborhood in Montreal, Quebec

September 19, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Teens and Green Neighborhoods

 

On Monday, around fifity teenagers on bikes invaded the streets of Saint-Laurent in order expose residents to the adoption of better environmental habits. The youth of the C-Vert project want to sensitize citizens to using the bicycle as a daily means of transportation.[read more]

Why I Am Farming on Water

September 17, 2014 by Karin Kloosterman
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Farming and Water Savings

I’ve started a small water farm. But unlike my attempted and horridly failed attempts at soil farming, where worms, weeds and beetles have taken over on my small plot and my brain, I’ve seen some impressive progress on water. Hydroponics may be the future of urban farming.[read more]

The UN Climate Summit: What’s in it for Cities?

September 17, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

UN Climate Summit and Cities

City leaders have a key role to play at next week’s UN Climate Summit in New York City, which brings together heads of state, mayors, business leaders, and civil society representatives to build momentum towards an international agenda to tackle climate change and build resilience.[read more]

Shanghai's Silent Motorcycles: What Do they Say About Global Pollution?

September 15, 2014 by Patrick Lydon

Shanghai Motorcycles

A lot of talk about China in the West is about the polution it spews, about the dirty cities, the un-breathable air. On a recent visit to Shanghai, however, something astounding stuck out. The motorcycles, mopeds, and scooters were not spouting fumes.[read more]

City Issues are Environmental Issues, and Here's Why

September 15, 2014 by Kaid Benfield
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Urban Environmentalism

Cities need nature. But what is not so well understood is that nature also needs cities. There is simply no way we can protect and maintain a beautiful, thriving, natural and rural landscape outside of cities if we continue to spread highways and suburban sprawl across the countryside.[read more]

The Link Between Education and Sustainable Living in Brazil

September 14, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Education and Sustainability Links in Brazil

The undeniable fact is that we are in a situation of environmental and social alarm because the teaching methods used in recent centuries have evolved relatively little compared to other sciences, and failed to prepare society for sustainable living.[read more]

Are We Living up to Our Design Promises?

September 13, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Design Promise

Though environmental, social, and economic performance goals are often identified during planning and design stages of landscape projects, most lack effective post-construction monitoring and observation to determine if — and how well — project’s design goals are being met.[read more]

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How Solar Energy Can Solve Egypt's Electricity Crisis

September 8, 2014 by David Thorpe

Egypt's solar resource.

Massive power cuts are devastating life in Cairo and elsewhere in Egypt causing civil unrest. Egypt is blessed with some of the best solar energy resources in the world, yet in his address to the nation this weekend President Sisi made no reference to it or energy efficiency. Here's what he should do.[read more]

The New Is Well Forgotten Old: Scandinavian Vernacular Experience on Biodiverse Green Roofs

September 6, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Scandinavia and Green Roofs

Green roofs are becoming more popular around the globe and are considered to be a very progressive landscape design devise in urban areas. The green roof has become fashionable, it's considered as one of the “compulsory” sustainable buildings features and an important part of urban green infrastructure.[read more]

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Renewable Energy Toolkit for Enterprises

September 5, 2014 by David Thorpe

Solar thermal works well in cities. What else does?

The Institute for Sustainability has launched a free toolkit that can apply to urban areas which shows the opportunities that arise from using renewable energy and low carbon markets. Although targeted at the South East of England, much of this information is useful in most parts of the world.[read more]

You Too can Build a Sustainable City through Crowdfunding

September 5, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Crowdfund Sustainability

Measures like São Paulo’s citizen hackathons, Medellín’s aerial cable cars, glow-in-the-dark road markings, and Hamburg and Helsinki’s plans for car-free mobility all serve as inspirational reminders that urban sustainability is not so unreachable a goal as was once thought.[read more]