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USAID Signs Deals to Foster Eco-Cities in the Middle East

October 20, 2014 by David Thorpe

USAID's paradigm shift on waste 

Mediterranean cities and those of the Middle East should move towards a green economy, delegates said at The Eco Cities of the Mediterranean Forum, which is being held in Amman, Jordan, and where three major agreements have been signed by USAID to finance sustainable developments.[read more]

Comparing Apples to the Big Apple: Washington, D.C., Is More Expensive Than New York City

October 20, 2014 by Jim Russell

Comparing Urban Cost of Living

The Washington Post has some fun with a Bureau of Labor Statistics report about housing expenditures in the US. The initial headline, “It’s More Expensive to Live in D.C. Than New York, Study Says.” Then comes the social media controversy: “D.C. Is More Expensive Than New York? Twitter Reacts.”[read more]

When One Story Makes Sense

October 20, 2014 by Joe Nickol

Keeping the One Story

A quiet crisis is emerging in our building practice: one story buildings are being coded out of the system right when we need them most. While it is true that the Wendy's and Walgreens of the world earn their anti-urban distinction, we should hesitate to throw the one story baby out with the suburban bathwater.[read more]

Casablanca, Morocco Inaugurates its New Casa-port Train Station

October 19, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Casablanca Train Station

His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco recently inaugurated the new train station of Casa-port, which is a crowning achievement for the national transportation network’s modern heritage, and the first of its kind in Morocco in terms of design and facilities.[read more]

Lagos Rising: Where Next for 'Africa's London'? [VIDEO]

October 19, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Lagos and the Future

Lagos is the world’s fastest growing megacity, and it is currently riding on the wave of their lucrative oil industry and expanding economy. But while skyscrapers furnish the business elite, millions who live in the slums of Lagos wonder if they will benefit.[read more]

The Evolution of Glass Houses

October 18, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

Glass House Design and History

In 1949, when Phillip Johnson designed the world-famous glass house in New Canaan, Connecticut, it is doubtful he thought much about the adage, “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.” I doubt Mr. Johnson specified much in the way of thermal-pane glass, either.[read more]

Bees and Belonging in Ottawa's Resilient Community Gardens

October 18, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Ottawa Community Gardens

 

A new grassroots city-building movement is redefining the urban landscape in Ottawa. In neighbourhoods, residents are coming together to create stronger, more resilient communities by growing their own food in urban community gardens.[read more]

Modern Sukkah Design Competitions Reimagine Ancient Shelters

October 18, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

The Modern Sukkah

Ancient verses from the Jewish Bible and contemporary landscape design do not often overlap, but this year no fewer than five design competitions and exhibitions throughout the U.S. and Canada have asked designers to create modern interpretations of the sukkah.[read more]

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Why Are European States Refusing to Eco-Refit Their Public Buildings?

October 17, 2014 by David Thorpe

The European Commission has set a target for 3% of public buildings throughout the continent to be renovated to improve their energy efficiency every year. We all know this will save public money on energy bills. But most countries are dragging their feet. Why?[read more]

Solar City Will Offer New Homeowner Financing Program on Solar Systems

October 17, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

For those wanting to convert their electrical energy supply to solar panels, but have been road-blocked by affordability issues, such as the up-front cost, Solar City has announced it will start offering homeowners a form of financing for their solar system called MyPower.[read more]

Is the Future for London's Cyclists on the River, the Street, or Both?

October 17, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

London Biking Best Practices

We recently examined some of the most interesting and innovative bicycling infrastructure projects in cities worldwide, but a recent proposal for an eight-mile floating bike path on London’s River Thames might top all of these ideas in originality.[read more]

DC Urban Agriculture Bill Could Encourage Farming With Tax Breaks

October 16, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

DC Legislation and Urban Agriculture

The urban farming movement finally appears to be coming of age in the nation’s capital. No longer just a novel idea, it’s now on the cusp of receiving institutional support from DC’s city leaders–that is if its backers can get votes to line up in their favor.[read more]