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Life as a Lunatic: Polyface Farms' Joel Salatin

October 22, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Farming and Lunacy

Joel Salatin is a holistic farmer in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, and an iconic figure in the sustainable food movement. Salatin practices a healing-the-land approach to farming in the face of much criticism from both traditional and sustainable agriculture advocates.[read more]

Millions in the UK Do Not Receive a Living Wage and Income Inequality is Rising

October 20, 2014 by Glenn Vowles

Living Wages

Wages that are high enough that they can be lived on doesn't sound like too much to ask for does it? However, millions in the United Kingdom don't receive pay that covers something as basic as the cost of living - whilst the very rich are getting even richer.[read more]

Lagos Rising: Where Next for 'Africa's London'? [VIDEO]

October 19, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Lagos and the Future

Lagos is the world’s fastest growing megacity, and it is currently riding on the wave of their lucrative oil industry and expanding economy. But while skyscrapers furnish the business elite, millions who live in the slums of Lagos wonder if they will benefit.[read more]

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Market for Energy Efficiency Is $360 billion/yr and Bigger Than Renewables

October 9, 2014 by David Thorpe

Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director IEA 

Energy efficiency is big business worth between $310 billion and $360 billion in 2011 according to the IEA. This figure is nearly $100 billion higher than investment in renewable energy in 2013. It represents an important opportunity for national and local governments to fight climate change, save money and boost their local economies.[read more]

Brilliant Idea: The Green Benefits District

October 2, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Green Benefits District

At the EcoDistricts Summit in Washington, D.C., two urban innovators from San Francisco, the home of so many game-changing technologies, have come up with a truly brilliant idea: the Green Benefits District (GBD), a sort of green business improvement district.[read more]

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Bloomberg Donates $125 Million to Cut Traffic Deaths in Cities

October 1, 2014 by David Thorpe

Poorer cities to be the focus.

Cities are creating a culture where government innovation is an expectation, and where creativity is encouraged, according to Mike Bloomberg, who also announced that his organisation is to spend $125 million on programmes to reduce traffic deaths and injuries in 10 cities in low-and middle-income countries.[read more]

Seven Myths About New Urbanism

September 29, 2014 by This Big City
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New Urbanism Myths

Joel Kotkin, a fellow at Chapman University and an untiring defender of the suburbs, begins a recent column in the Washington Post with a perfectly valid question: “What is a city for?” He then proceeds to get that question completely wrong.[read more]

Discover Paris' Little Belt

September 20, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Hidden Little Belt

Since 2011, photographer Pierre Folk has traversed Paris’ Petite Ceinture, or Little Belt Railway, which has been abandoned since the 1930s. Apparently, discussions have been ongoing in Paris since last year about the future of the old line.[read more]

Should You Own or Rent Your Home?

September 18, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

The Choice to Rent or Buy

I was at a good friend’s wedding and a topic that came was whether it is better to own or rent your home. North America, conventional wisdom would suggest — almost mandate — that you have to own your place. If you’re still a renter, well then you’re “throwing away your money” my friend. But are you really?[read more]

World's Best Places to Live: The Global Liveability Index

September 16, 2014 by Future Cape Town
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The Best Places to Live

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual liveability index has been out for a couple of weeks now and Lagos remains at the bottom of the list. The ranking assesses which locations around the world provide the best or the worst living conditions.[read more]

No Innovation Without Migration: 'Most Migrants Only Proceed a Short Distance, and Toward Centers of Absorption'

September 11, 2014 by Jim Russell

Migration Movements

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Long-distance migration is remarkable, the exception to the rule, an actual “law” of migration. Why are large, dense cities typically centers of innovation and creativity? Most migrants only proceed a short distance, and toward centers of absorption.[read more]

Small Living Spaces: Better for You and the Environment [INFOGRAPHIC]

August 10, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Compact Living Efficiency

While the “Great Recession” probably contributed greatly to the growth of the “tiny house” movement, there’s also plenty of evidence that bigger really isn’t better for living space. You have more room for your stuff but you’ve also got more to clean, more to heat and cool, and more to maintain.[read more]