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São Paulo wins 2014 City/State MobiPrize by Empowering Citizens and Fostering Innovation

August 27, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Sao Paulo Wins the Prize

São Paulo is empowering citizens to create transport solutions by fostering innovation and opening data. The São Paulo department of Transport (SMT) founded the Mobility Laboratory (MobiLab) on the principles of innovation, transparency, and public participation.[read more]

Africa and Urbanization: Re-Imagining Africa's Realities

August 25, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Africa and Urbanization

Recently the Daily Maverick has published a number of pieces speaking to some of the consequences of urbanization that often go overlooked by the public. In particular, two articles have risen key insights about service delivery and access in the face of large-scale urbanization.[read more]

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Miami's 21st Century Economy is Taking Shape at Florida International University

August 21, 2014 by Peter Smith

Miami and the 21st Century Economy

News of Miami's economy tends to be dominated by the city's volatile - and often controversial - real estate market. Gleaming condos towering over Biscayne Bay and multi-million-dollar cash deals between off-shore LLCs give it an extravagance that is hard to ignore.[read more]

Evaluating 10 Years of Redevelopment: Urban Renewal in Clichy-sous-Bois, France

August 21, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Urban Renewal in France

Rows of low-rise buildings and litter have disappeared from the field of view of residents living in the neighborhoods of Clichy-sous-Bois and Montfermeil. At the end of an ambitious urban renewal project begun ten years ago, this neighborhood just outside of Paris is barely recognizable.[read more]

The Story of Jerusalem's Railway Park: Getting the City Back on Track, Economically, Environmentally, and Socially

August 20, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Jerusalem Railway Park

Sharing local experience is always important. However in the case of the Jerusalem Railway Park, both the process and the outcome have the level of universal relevance that make so many of the themes presented in “The Nature of Cities” essential urban reading.[read more]

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Climate Change Bailouts: Too Big to Fail?

August 16, 2014 by Peter Smith
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Climate Change and Federal Money

When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, Congress moved quickly to appropriate emergency relief funds. But what happens when sea-level rise and extreme weather events begin to affect every community in the United States at more or less the exact same time?[read more]

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China Gives Citizens 8-Point Guidelines to Protect the Environment

August 14, 2014 by David Thorpe

Smog in a Chinese city

Beijing is attempting to harness the efforts of its entire population to tackle its huge environmental problems. The government has published a 'behavioural standards' guide, urging people to walk and ride bicycles and buy goods with less packaging.[read more]

Six Powerhouse Food Policy Councils Driving Local Food in Cities

Local Food Policy Influence

There are now food policy councils in every state across the U.S., tasked with bringing diverse stakeholders together towards the creation of policies and laws that help develop the economic, environmental, and social infrastructure that makes up a local food system.[read more]

Clarifying Urban Property Rights, Without Effort

August 7, 2014 by Chuck Wolfe

Property Rights

In today’s shareable city, there are some things—like driveway access—that are difficult for many people to surrender to chance. In this case, the means of communication, both inadvertent and direct, caught my eye for inclusion in this “common sense” series.[read more]

What Will South Africa Look Like by 2030? [VIDEO]

July 30, 2014 by Future Cape Town

South Africa's Future

Given the past twenty years of democracy, many in South Africa are asking: what will come next? How will the country continue to grow and develop in an inclusive way, especially in the face of large-scale urbanization and the slowing of economic growth?[read more]

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]

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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]