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Each Country Will Make 'National Pledge' to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

December 18, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Emissions Cutting Agreement in Lima

 

Recently, negotiators from nearly 200 countries built further momentum towards a global deal to limit climate change. At a United Nations conference in Lima, Peru, each nation agreed to enact domestic laws to reduce emissions and submit their plans detailing their cuts by March 2015.[read more]

Gentrification is Hurting Neighborhoods in Downtown Kitchener, Canada

December 18, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Gentrification in Canada

Gentrification has been causing problems in downtown areas all over, and Kitchener in Ontario, Canada is no exception. While developments downtown can be good for intensification and improving urban design, current developments are beginning to marginalize long-term residents.[read more]

Magical Thinking in the Age of Green

December 18, 2014 by The Nature of Cities
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Transitioning to Green

Today we are in the Age of Green. Green cities, green businesses, urban greening, green buildings, green energy, green cars, making green money from green. The Age of Green is an assumption that a transition toward a sustainable “green” society is possible.[read more]

Restoring Food's Value Through Urban Refrigerators

December 18, 2014 by This Big City

Food, Value, and Access

It is estimated that about 40% of the food produced in the world is discarded for reasons as outlandish as a failure to meet aesthetic standards such as size, shape or colour. According to estimates by the European Commission, more than 100 million tonnes of food will be wasted this year in the EU zone alone.[read more]

Interview with William Wenk on Denver's Efforts to Become a More Sustainable City

December 17, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Denver Sustainability Efforts

Adaptive resuse is messy, but it’s a wonderfully rich way of way of thinking about the world. The world is not a clean and tidy place. The landscapes a lot of us want to live in aren’t necessarily clean and tidy, but they’re vital. They’re alive. This line of thinking can lead us toward the next generation of urban landscapes.[read more]

Lighting Lyon: How Innovative Partnerships are Transforming the City

December 17, 2014 by This Big City

Every year, around December 8th, the city of Lyon, France, transforms into a life-size art installation. This is the Festival of Lights, a world famous event showcasing in-situ art installations using light as a material and medium to transform buildings, streets and public spaces all over the city.[read more]

Seven Ways Belo Horizonte, Brazil Inspires Sustainable Cities

December 17, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Belo Horizonte and Sustainability

Belo Horizonte, Brazil is a city of remarkable cuisine, green spaces, and architecture. The city is increasingly designed using people-oriented urban development strategies that prioritize the people who make the city come alive. Even for outsiders, this state capital feels like home.[read more]

Architectural Heritage Loses Ground in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

December 17, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Cambodia Building History

Everyday new developments are erasing part of Phnom Penh's past, and without a strong effort being made in order to preserve some of the meaningful structures, the Cambodian city’s current construction boom could destroy its architectural heritage.[read more]

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How to Save Millions on Air Conditioning by Designing Passively Cooled Buildings

December 16, 2014 by David Thorpe

A wind tower on a building used for night cooling.

Air conditioning is by far the greatest consumer of electricity in buildings in hot countries, but architects can use passive solar techniques to keep them cool, and in many cases successfully eliminate the need for expensive air conditioning.[read more]

Architects Hail from New York City and Europe to Talk Urban Resiliency

December 16, 2014 by Tyler Caine

Architects and Urban Resiliency

There are no silver bullets for solving challenges surrounding sustainability. Part of this is due to complexity, some is due there being so many points of view for problem solving, and some responsibility falls on the fact that there are so many different situations around the world with unique contextual conditions.[read more]

Community Participation in Parks Development: Two Examples from Berlin

December 16, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Parks and Communities in Berlin

On a Friday night at the end of November 2014, nearly 200 people arrived in the departures zone of Berlin’s former Tempelhof Airport for five hours of presentations, working groups and community-led exhibitions. The occasion? A consultation on the management strategy for Tempelhof Park.[read more]

The Heart of Davie Village Plaza: Colorfully Connecting People and Place

December 16, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces

Colorful Plaza Placemaking

Davie Village, a lively and diverse neighborhood in Vancouver’s West End, has a rich cultural history as the LGBTQ capital of the city. And VIVA Vancouver initiated a pilot project that would breathe new life into this treasured historical and cultural neighborhood.[read more]