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Chronicling Britain's Urban Nature Movement

March 29, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

British Urban Green Spaces

The newest title in The New Naturalist Library, 'Nature in Towns and Cities' by Dr. David Goode, is true to the series’ dual goals of “recapturing the enquiring spirit of the old naturalists” and “maintaining a high standard of accuracy in presenting the results of modern research.”[read more]

City Park Conservancies: A Treasure Trove of New Knowledge

March 29, 2015 by City Parks Blog

City Park Conservancies

The report 'Public Spaces/Private Money' cites the value that private partnerships and their resources have brought to parks but also cites the growing concerns around equity and the possibility of displacement of public agency resources and responsibility.[read more]

Acclaimed Minnesota State Capitol Undergoing $272M Restoration

March 29, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

State Capitol Restoration

 

State Capitol Buildings are incredibly important pieces of architecture in the United States of America. The history of each building’s origin and development over their lifetime can be quite fascinating. Here is the story of Minnesota’s State Capitol Building.[read more]

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]

Historical Baumanskaya, Moscow Metro Station Closes for Renovations

March 28, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Moscow Subway Renovation

On February 8, 2015 the Baumanskaya Metro Station, in Moscow, closed for 11 months of renovations. The renovations will include changing its escalators, which were installed with its opening in 1944. They are currently the oldest working tunnel type escalators in the world, as well as the oldest in Moscow.[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]

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]

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]

Village in the City: A View from Kuala Lumpur

March 26, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Change in Kuala Lumpur

Kampung Baru’s vernacular architecture and human scale has remained a village within a city, with low-rise wooden detached houses, kitchens and cafes spilling into the streets, and rich social life. Ethnic Malay families from several villages were relocated here and given land rights to maintain a ‘village life.’[read more]