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United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Emphasize Sustainable Cities in Latest Draft

UN Urban Development Planning

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are a critical piece of the international development agenda, particularly for international development institutions, which will often base their portfolio on the United Nation’s agreements.[read more]


21 Features of the Future Sustainable City

July 15, 2014 by David Thorpe

Sustainability is about our children's children's lives.

We already have many of the ideas and inventions that are needed to make cities truly sustainable. Other ingredients are presently in development. In this article I make an attempt to summarise many of the key elements. In the comments section you are welcome to suggest more.[read more]


India's 2014 Budget Promises Cash for 100 Smart Cities, Metros & Much More

July 10, 2014 by David Thorpe

Indian Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley.

Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has announced a target of Rs.70,600 million to help create 100 smart cities, and a comprehensive set of measures intended to pave the way for new metro systems, cycling and bus schemes, roads, solar power and cleaning up the polluted river Ganges.[read more]


English Cities Demand More Power and Tax-Raising Abilities

July 9, 2014 by David Thorpe

Manchester sees a new dawn

English cities such as Manchester and Birmingham should have the right to raise more taxes, says an influential cross-party committee of MPs, who are calling for a transfer of power from central government to local authorities and local communities.[read more]

Illusion of Local: Why Zoning for Greater Density Will Fail to Make Housing More Affordable

July 8, 2014 by Jim Russell

Density and Housing Markets

Gentrification is an urban policy problem in need of a theory. Instead of theory, we have the geographic illusion of local: The current landscape is the result of community decisions. Gentrifiers, outsiders who move into a neighborhood, cause real estate prices to appreciate and displace more tenured residents.[read more]


GreenITNet: Sharing Green IT Excellence for European Cities

July 7, 2014 by Maikel Bouricius

Green IT network shares best practice for smarter cities

The Interreg IVC project GreenITNet is a collaboration between 10 European partners from 9 different countries to helps create smarter, more sustainable cities. It focuses on the activation of European cities with a high sustainable energy ambition, a strong ICT technology potential and previous experience in Green IT.[read more]

Technology? Child's Play!

July 2, 2014 by Vitor Pereira

Technology and Conference Subjects

We cannot lose the sight of the goal of the cities: to allow the development, the dignity and the happiness of citizens and, as the ultimate goal, the creation of the utopia that these concepts contain and, with the help of technology, make the planet the "perfect home."[read more]

The Challenge of Urban Densification in Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland

Switzerland Urban Density

Firstly, it is necessary to agree on what we mean by the concept of urban densification. Essentially, it is a movement that appeared as a reaction to urban sprawl and the building of suburbs consuming large amounts of energy and surface area.[read more]

Public Transport and the Informal Sector: Competing Visions of Bogotá's Future

Transport and Informal Economies


There is an entire ecosystem of informal commerce along Bogotá’s streets. Some vendors sit at traffic signals or bus stops, waiting for a bus that’s not too full. When they spot a good candidate, they expertly hop on, sometimes slipping through closing doors or onto an already moving vehicle.[read more]


Will the World's Leaders Continue to Fail to Avert Climate Change?

June 30, 2014 by David Thorpe

Carwyn Jones, Wales' First Minister, is no different from the rest.

The history of climate change negotiations shows that national leaders are incapable of ensuring that the correct measures are taken to avert disaster. I witnessed an example of this first hand last week in Wales. Can business and local leaders make up for their failure?[read more]

Fairfax's Progressive Zoning Under Threat

June 29, 2014 by David Edmondson

Urban Zoning Changes

About 16 years ago, I was excited to be a newly-minted Drake High freshman and Fairfax was excited to start on a major update to its General Plan. Three months ago Fairfax celebrated the passage of the final piece of its general plan update. But last month, the town started to undo its work.[read more]

Reaction Against the Possible Kevin Rose Demolition of Historic Northwest Portland Home Goes Overboard

June 28, 2014 by Tazmine Loomans

Houses and Local History

Emotions have been running high regarding the purchase and now possible demolition of an 1892 historic home in the Willamette Heights neighborhood in Northwest Portland. Concerned Portlanders are enraged that someone could buy this historically significant house merely to demolish it.[read more]