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Architectural Fantasy and Social Reality: Two Types of Floating City

March 3, 2015 by This Big City

Architectural fantasy all at sea?

Many architects have come up with concepts of future utopian cities, some of which are related to smart, sustainable, and bio-tech innovation. However, it is not clear at the moment whether these cities can really address the challenges of tomorrow’s world, or if they are going to end up as unrealistic utopian ideas.[read more]

COSMO Is Ready to Party

February 28, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Young Architects and Innovation

 

The ingenious winner of this year’s Young Architects Program at the New York City’s MOMA PS1 is COSMO, a mobile, transparent, and artful system for purifying wastewater. The machine aims to make visible the process of cleaning dirty water, exposing the value of this vital natural resources in the process.[read more]

"Great Ideas are Obvious in Retrospect."

February 28, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Ideas and Adoption

The title of this post is a line from a Medium post that Biz Stone wrote back in August 2012. For those of you who might not know, Biz Stone is one of the cofounders of Twitter, as well as the cofounder of something called The Obvious Corporation.[read more]

Marriage Therapy for Ecologists and Landscape Architects

February 28, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Integrating Ecology and Design

Ecologists’ interest start with an exploration of the natural world, its structure and function. Architects and landscape architects start with human needs and how constructed features can answer those needs. Of course you have these different backgrounds, and the training is so different.[read more]

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The Smart Future of Urban Mobility

February 25, 2015 by Hussein Dia

Smart Mobility and the Future

The ability of governments to manage their infrastructure is increasingly being challenged by limited budgets and constrained resources. In an effort to manage cities more effectively and efficiently, decision makers are turning to “urban informatics” and smart infrastructure to better understand people’s mobility needs.[read more]

New EU Project Explores Deriving Graphene From Food Waste

February 20, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Graphene and Food Waste Recycling

A new EU project, PlasCarb, is exploring the potential to create graphitic carbon (the basic material for graphene) and hydrogen from food headed for the landfill. Not only does graphene have the potential to revolutionize the green economy, but it also could be produced from food waste.[read more]

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What Singapore Can Teach All Cities About Using Urban Green Infrastructure To Mitigate Megadroughts

February 17, 2015 by Warren Karlenzig

Singapore, where landscaping protects from extreme weather effects.

NASA's new report on the likelihood of megadrought in the Central and Western US is a harsh yet timely wake-up call for cities and the need for green infrastructure, which is often the best way to deal with problems of water scarcity, quality, flooding, and urban heat islands, according to John Parker, Chief Economist, Impact Infrastructure.[read more]

What Do Driverless Cars Mean for Suburban Planning?

February 17, 2015 by David Edmondson

Driverless Cars and the Suburbs

Automated, technologically advanced, self-driving cars are coming, and boosters of drivable suburbia are hoping that the adoption of this mode of transportation will be a potent weapon against mass transit and cities. But what they mean for towns and suburbs isn’t quite so clear.[read more]

Single-Family Can Be Urban, Too. But How Can It Be Sustainable?

February 12, 2015 by Canin Associates

Responsive Housing Design

American housing design is in need of a paradigm shift. Recognizing generational preferences, increasing affordability constraints, and sustainable solutions are needed to start a new chapter in the planning of our cities, especially when it comes to housing.[read more]

6 Benefits of Cape Town's Open Data Policy

February 12, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Cape Town Data Policy

The City of Cape Town is making datasets available for analysis by the public via their Open Data portal and over time, several analysts have predicted, it will result in a much more responsive, adaptive, and agile administration, among many other benefits.[read more]

Food Waste to Energy: Louisville, Kentucky Food Hub Plans Onsite Power Plant

February 9, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture
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Food Hub Power Plant

A food hub is in the works for the west side of Louisville, Kentucky, but it’s not just any ordinary food hub. Organizers also envision an onsite power plant, which will consist of an anaerobic digester that would have the ability to turn waste into methane gas.[read more]

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Dubai Becomes First City to Fuel Municipal Vehicles on 100% Local Waste Cooking Oil

February 4, 2015 by David Thorpe

Renewable fuel from the Middle East.

Dubai is to become the first city in the world to formally adopt biodiesel made 100% locally from 100% waste cooking oil for use in its municipal vehicles.[read more]