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How Sustainable Transport Lost 100 Years

August 27, 2014 by David Thorpe

The Columbia electric bus in 1900.

130–100 years ago the world looked like it was on a path to electric-powered transportation, with bicycles, inter-city electric trains and electric buses and cabs. Instead, gasoline and the internal combustion engine became widespread and sustainable transport lost a century of progress. Urban planning might have been very different.[read more]

São Paulo wins 2014 City/State MobiPrize by Empowering Citizens and Fostering Innovation

August 27, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Sao Paulo Wins the Prize

São Paulo is empowering citizens to create transport solutions by fostering innovation and opening data. The São Paulo department of Transport (SMT) founded the Mobility Laboratory (MobiLab) on the principles of innovation, transparency, and public participation.[read more]

Yes, Another Article About Ebola

August 27, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Ebola, Public Health, and Risk

We have all read articles online and in newspapers, watched continuous reports on news channels about the virus that is affecting West Africa, specifically Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. There is no need to regurgitate what has been broadcasted, the information is everywhere and free for all.[read more]

Lessons from Megijima: What Can the Loss of Culture Teach Us About Urban Nature?

August 27, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Culture and Nature

In terms of physical implementation, we have an endless stream of good knowledge, theory, and practice for building sustainable, nature-inclusive cities; a collection reaching back for well over a century. What’s missing are not methods and knowledge, but a consciousness of our relationship to the environment.[read more]

In Plessis-Gassot Garbage Provides First-Ever Source of Methane Energy in France

August 27, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

France, Methane, and Garbage

The commune of Plessis-Gassot in the Île de France region has just opened a power plant that will furnish the amount of energy equivalent to the consumption of 41,200 households, thanks to methane produced by the fermentation of non-recyclable waste.[read more]

Why San Francisco, New York, and DC May Be more Affordable than You Thought

August 26, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

Urban Affordability

Highly enlightening new data from the New York City-based Citizens Budget Commission demonstrate the immense importance of walkability and transit in shaping just how affordable large United States cities are for a range of household types.[read more]

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How WW1 Killed a Dream of a Solar-Powered World

August 26, 2014 by David Thorpe

The world's first solar power plant in 1913.

The world is marking the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, not only the bloodiest the world has ever seen, but the start of the West's involvement in carving up the Middle East and interfering in its politics for the sake of oil. It also marked the end of the world's first solar power station, in Egypt.[read more]

Denver Parks on Parade

August 26, 2014 by City Parks Blog

Denver Parks

Earlier this month, more than 30 park professionals from the US and Canada were hosted by Denver Parks and Recreation Department in collaboration with City Parks Alliance for a tour of their park system. Eighteen cities were represented, including teams from Los Angeles and Pittsburgh.[read more]

Montreal, Je T'Adore

August 26, 2014 by Jillian Glover

Adoring Montreal

Walkable. Bikeable. Hip. Fun. Stylish. Edgy. If I haven’t already been able to convince you of Montreal’s effortless cool and fun-loving ways, you should take a trip and go and see for yourself why it is perhaps one of the best cities in the whole world.[read more]

Waste Not, Want Not: Author Explores America's Food Waste Problem

Food Waste Problems

Local and sustainable food is great, as long as it is put to use. But according to food writer Jonathan Bloom, many people are chronic wasters of what they eat, which results in the loss of nutrition (not to mention the effort required to produce it) to a vacuum.[read more]

Rio de Janeiro Creates New Urban Policy Organization for Mayorial Cooperation

August 26, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Mayors and Policy Organization

 

Over the course of the next decade, the number of industries and logistics companies (who look after the transport and storage of goods) is expected to double in the state of Rio Grande, Brazil. The question for planners is how to decide which areas are best suited to receive these new ventures.[read more]

Why is it So Expensive to Build in London? [VIDEO]

August 26, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Building Costs in London

The features of London’s current housing shortage are by now well known: rising house prices; housing estate regeneration, garden city proposals. The struggle to increase housing supply is inherently linked to the high building costs in the city, with London topping the list of most expensive cities to build in.[read more]