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Is Tesla's Home-Powering Battery a Game-Changer?

May 4, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Tesla and Energy Innovation

Recently, Elon Musk announced something called the Powerwall home battery. Measuring about 3′ x 4′, the shield looking battery pack will charge using the electricity generated from solar panels (or from the grid when rates are at their lowest) and then power your home.[read more]

Student Organization Wins Award for Showing How to Promote Cycling

Student Cycling Expansion

A student organization that promotes green values including cycling, by offering cut-price bikerentals, has won an award that will let it develop its work. It also makes people aware of eco-citizenship and sustainable development, and promotes eco-mobility on campus.[read more]

Nature as the Textbook: A Review of Nelson's Cultivating Outdoor Classrooms

Outdoor Classrooms

Consider the instances of discovery you had as a child. Learning what plants need to grow, what it takes to build a fort, or how to protect yourself against rain, wind, and heat. There is something to be said about reading books about the four seasons and then seeing leaves change colors as summer turns to fall.[read more]

Commercial Kitchen Incubator Grows Small Food Start-Ups in California

Small Food Start-Ups

Starting a small food business isn’t easy; high start-up costs and strict regulations can prevent even the savviest of small food entrepreneurs from realizing their dream. If you live in California’s Coachella Valley, however, starting a small food business has gotten a bit easier.[read more]

Urban Ireland: Dublin in 2007

May 3, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

City Life in Dublin

In 2007, I spent the summer working in Dublin, Ireland for a boutique real estate consulting firm. At the time, they were working with a number of agencies on the development of masterplanned communities, as well as on specific development projects. Real estate was booming and everyone wanted to be a part of it.[read more]

Report Shows Link Between Obesity and Lack of Supermarket Access in Michigan

Michigan Food Desert Impacts

Hunger very often hits children, who need nutrition to learn and develop, the hardest. Wanting to help solve this problem in Michigan, The Food Trust recently released a report outlining the scope of the problem and recommendations for an action plan.[read more]

Restoring Harbor City's Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park into an Ecological Oasis

Harbor City Restoration

Growing up in the housing projects of Harbor City, California, several of my childhood memories took place in the Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park. However, the last time that I visited this park—about three years ago—it had greatly deteriorated.[read more]

Beyond Books: Outside the Box Program Helps Build Community with Public Libraries

May 1, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Libraries and Community Participation

 

As one of our oldest and most important civic institutions, public libraries have been making the news recently—and breaking records for popularity and patronage. According to a recent article in The New York Times, New York City’s libraries in all five boroughs had 37 million visitors in the last fiscal year.[read more]

How the Mega-Rich are Distorting the Markets for Apartments and Art

May 1, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Wealth and Urban Living

When people talk about a possible housing bubble in Canada they often cite house prices to median household income as a key ratio. The question then becomes: How can house prices be such a high multiple relative to local incomes? That’s relevant, but it’s not the entire story.[read more]

Film and City-Making: An interview with Dele Adeyemo

May 1, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Film and Making a City

Dele Adeyemo, a creative director working in Glasgow. Dele presented the exhibition 'The Power of ZA' which documented the exploration into the power of creativity to bridge divides and possibly work to transform the culture in the country of South Africa.[read more]

Top 10 Features of Bike-Friendly Cities

April 30, 2015 by Christopher Berggren

Bike-Friendly Cities

The Danish urban design firm, Copenhagenize, publishes annual bicycle friendliness rankings of cities around the world, based on the most important features. This list of features is curated from a cross-section of citizens in a variety of places where cycling is already a major feature of urban life.[read more]

The Urban Homestead: Growing Better Cities from Small Urban Spaces

April 30, 2015 by This Big City

Cities and Small Urban Spaces

Many large US corporations have moved operations back to the city centers to be closer to the younger, talented workforce — Yahoo, Pinterest, United Airlines, and Quicken Loans, to name a few. Companies are also rethinking their products and services to create greater appeal for the urban dweller.[read more]