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Lessons on Post-Resilience from Venice, 2015

March 28, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Resilience in Venice

“Stronger than the storm.” I can’t get this phrase out of my head, nearly one week into my sabbatical move to Venice, Italy. It just so happens that we arrived on a week when the moon and the winds lined up to create 'acqua alta' (high water) for six days in a row.[read more]

Local and Regional Authorities Key Partners in Disaster Risk Reduction

Government and Disaster Risk Reduction

The United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, which took place in Sendai, Japan, March 14th-18th, resulted in a historic agreement by the international community to reduce disaster risk, and recognized local authorities and the local level as essential to achieving this.[read more]

10 Places to Learn to Be A Farmer Across the Nation

Places to Learn Farming

The average age of American farmers is 58.3 years, according to the U.S. Census of Agriculture. Young farmers are needed, and those who are inexperienced have a variety of farmer training programs (many of them focusing on sustainability) from which to choose.[read more]

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Pacific Cities Resolve to Improve Urban Resilience and Upgrade Informal Settlements

March 27, 2015 by David Thorpe

News from the Pacific Urban Forum 2015 

The Pacific Urban Forum 2015 met over the last week on the island of Fiji, under the theme of “Towards a New Pacific Urban Agenda: Harnessing Opportunities in a Post-2015 Environment”, to discuss how the emerging needs of cities in the region can meet the present challenges.[read more]

Building A Community Through Play

March 27, 2015 by Bradley Calvert

Community Play and Participation

KaBoom! are a non-profit whose goal is to increase access and opportunity to play, particularly in disadvantaged communities. This past weekend I was afforded the opportunity to participate in a playground build with them. It left me with a sense of pride having been involved with such a great community building experience.[read more]

The City Dwellers Who Are Growing Food in India, China and Brazil

Urban Gardens are a Global Movement

According to the US Department of Agriculture, around 15 percent of the world’s food is now grown in urban areas. Urban agriculture enhances sustainability, secures public space, and provides much needed food security and health benefits for communities. We look at examples from three continents.[read more]

Why Young Urbanists Made Their Own City Plan for Helsinki

March 27, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Young Urbanists and City Planning

“You don’t need to be a professional to speak up and make a difference in your city.” An interview with Timo Hämäläinen, a planning activist and Urban Finland blogger based in Helsinki about his team's alternative vision and plan as a means to lobby for change in Helsinki.[read more]

San Francisco Adaptive Reuse: From Church to Tech Office

March 27, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

San Francisco Building Redevelopment

When it comes to finding available, unique spaces in San Francisco, tech companies like Twitter, AirBnB, and countless others take on a hermit crab approach. Limited space, dense urban conditions, and nightmarish building regulations make it nearly impossible to build from the ground up.[read more]

A Sustainable Food One-Stop Shop: New Orleans Business Combines Urban Farm, Grocery Store

Food Innovation in New Orleans

For many area residents in New Orleans’ 17th Ward, Hollygrove Market & Farm is their only source of affordable, local fresh food. HM&F goes out of its way to provide healthy food choices by letting customers choose from purchasing single items or CSA-style food boxes.[read more]

Three Ways São Paulo Companies Helped Curb Traffic Congestion

Sao Paulo Traffic Solutions

São Paulo’s population is growing—and so is its traffic congestion. Residents of South America’s largest city take more than 43 million trips daily, nearly 30 million of which are in vehicles, mainly private cars. São Paulo‘s average commute time by car is around 1.5 hours.[read more]

Wet Matter: New Ways of Understanding Our Oceans

March 26, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Oceans and Understanding

Wet Matter, Harvard Design Magazine’s latest issue, asks us to reconsider our oceans, which cover the vast majority of our planet. Edited by Pierre Bélanger, ASLA, the issue brings together a range of fields and an array of lenses to “unlearn our binary, dichotomous relationship with the ocean.”[read more]

Le Phare Skyscraper "Not Suitable" for Quebec City, Canada's Northern Climate

March 26, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Canada and Skyscrapers

In its proposed form, Quebec City's Le Phare project is “not at all well-suited to the northern climate” due to its “very limited” solar exposure and its height, which will provoke violent winds and make the square below “very uncomfortable year-round", according to André Potvin, professor at the Laval University’s School of Architecture.[read more]