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New Open Source Calculator Claims the World Can Live Well And Tackle Climate Change

January 28, 2015 by David Thorpe

We can have our cake and eat it, apparently.

A new, seemingly authoritative and open source Global Calculator tool claims to have discovered that everybody in the world can have a reasonable standard of living that is compatible with living within planetary boundaries. But how is this possible? And how much would it cost?[read more]

Engaging Local Governments at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

Disaster Mitigation and Government Policy

The Third U.N. World Conference on Disaster Reduction will take place from in March in Sendai, Japan, where an agreement on the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction will be adopted. This framework will support our collective efforts to build nations and communities that are resilient to disasters.[read more]

American Footpower: Birth of A Movement for Healthier and Happier Lives

January 21, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Americans and Walking

Big steps toward making it easier for Americans to walk. A movement is being launched across America to encourage more people to walk and to make our communities more walkable, and there are clear signs that more people are walking.[read more]

Here's Wishing You All a Prosperous New Year, but What Does 'Prosperous' Mean?

January 20, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Millennium Development Goals

The Millennium Development Goals had 15 years to be achieved. Time's up. Have we won?[read more]


The Heat is On for Sustainable District Heating and Cooling

January 19, 2015 by Clare Taylor

The London Heat Map and Sustainability

Half of cities’ energy consumption is for heating and cooling. From planning to implementation, cities are increasingly turning to modern district energy as a low carbon solution using cogeneration and many different kinds of fuel from renewables and waste, to seawater and geothermal energy.[read more]


The Sustainable Growth Oxymoron

January 19, 2015 by JL Morin

Is Sustainable Economic Growth Possible?

We do a lot without thinking, like using GDP growth as a standard of excellence. Most 21st century activity is based on a ‘given’ that underpins the soft science of economics: 'Growth is good' -- not just a big assumption, a wrong assumption. Is sustainable economic growth an oxymoron?[read more]

Did Mayor de Blasio Really Reject A Plan For Expanded Polystyrene Recycling?

January 17, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

NYC and Recycling Policy

Can You Recycle Expanded Polystyrene? This is the main question here, and the short answer seems to be “yes… with the right technical and economic conditions.” Odds are, you can’t put polystyrene and other #6 plastics in your recycling bin.[read more]

Toronto's Urban Growth Boundary: Is it Making the City Less Affordable?

January 14, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Toronto and Urban Affordability

The Globe and Mail published an article called 'Greenbelts make cities more livable, affordable and transit-friendly.' The headline caught my attention because economic wisdom would suggest that supply constraints — whether natural or artificially created — generally have a negative effect on housing affordability.[read more]

Engaging with the Sharing Economy

January 8, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Uber and the Sharing Economy

Last week I wrote a post about Uber where I argued that leading cities will be the ones that engage with the sharing/rental economy, as opposed to trying to ban it and that Uber is going to continue to impact current beliefs around vehicle ownership. As expected, some agreed with me and some didn’t.[read more]

Dubai 2020: A Master Plan for a Growing City

January 7, 2015 by This Big City

Dubai and Planning for Growth

It’s five years until the World Expo 2020 takes place in Dubai, and a lot of changes are going to happen in that time. But is the economic powerhouse of the United Arab Emirates prepared for these changes, and does the city have the right talent to bring them about in an effective and sustainable way?[read more]

The Tomorrow Plan: Des Moines, Iowa's Attempt at Regional Planning

December 23, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Iowa and Regional Planning

In 2011, the Des Moines Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) initiated an attempt at regional planning for the Greater Des Moines area, the goal being to coordinate planning efforts among municipalities in order to promote sustainability in the region.[read more]

Urbanism Hall of Fame: Enrique Peñalosa Leads Bogotá's Inclusive Urban Transformation

December 22, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Urban Transformation Leadership

In 1997, Bogotá was one of the most unlikely places to stage an urban transformation. It had a long history of unmet government plans; a frenzied, semi-formal public transport system, and half-organized, half-chaotic urban development that had led to great inequality and informality.[read more]