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Seattle, the Incredible Shrinking City

October 22, 2014 by Jim Russell

Seattle Shrinking?

Consider me a proponent of the micro-housing movement in Seattle. I support the anti-materialist aesthetic. Live where you want to live. Be willing to give up square footage to accomplish that goal. Unintentionally, this emergent residential pattern is commensal with the shifting economic geography of tech firms.[read more]

Connective Tissue Matters in the Nature of Cities

October 22, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Cities and Connections

The aim of ecologists and scientists to strengthen the capacity of the city to connect nature within and across it, and is the same instinct that those of us who focus on the physical shape and function of city have: to enable connectivity than enhances the overall function of the whole.[read more]

'Citizens United' is Hurting Local Government in the US. But There's Hope

October 22, 2014 by This Big City

Citizens United and Local Governance

Recently, a study was released that examined the effect of the Citizens United supreme court ruling on state and local governments. This decision, handed down in January 2010, has become infamous in US national politics for opening elections to huge donations from wealthy donors.[read more]

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]

Compact and Connected Communities Improve Public Health, says New Research

October 21, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

Compact Communities and Health

We know from exhaustive past research that walkable neighborhoods and cities reduce driving, associated emissions, and living costs. Three important academic studies published earlier this year demonstrate that they are good for our health, too.[read more]

New Approach Paves Way to Manage Violence in Cities in the Global South

October 21, 2014 by Environment and Urbanization

Violence in the Global South

The new issue of the journal Environment and Urbanization, themed around "Conflict and violence in 21st century cities", argues for a more realistic approach to urban violence in the global South. The issue addresses topics including gangs, gender-based violence, and sensationalized reporting.[read more]

When One Story Makes Sense

October 20, 2014 by Joe Nickol

Keeping the One Story

A quiet crisis is emerging in our building practice: one story buildings are being coded out of the system right when we need them most. While it is true that the Wendy's and Walgreens of the world earn their anti-urban distinction, we should hesitate to throw the one story baby out with the suburban bathwater.[read more]

How to Restore Walking and Cut Traffic Accidents

October 20, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces

The Restoration of Walking

 

The gravest danger to walkers as well as bicyclists and motorists is other motorists who drive dangerously. According to data collected by the New York City Department of Transportation from 2008-2012, “dangerous driver choices” contributes to pedestrian deaths in 70 percent of cases.[read more]

From Utility to Fear and Greed

October 20, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Market Efficiency Risk

Roger Martin recently published a post on the Harvard Business Review blog called: The Dark Side of Efficient Markets. In it, he makes an interesting distinction between what he calls use-driven markets and expectations-driven markets, the latter of which is assumed to be the more efficient one.[read more]

Avoiding Driving

October 19, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Driving as Little as Possible

Not only do I do my absolute best to minimize the amount of driving I do here in Toronto, but I also follow the same rule when I travel as well. And if you’ve been following the macro trends, you might know that many other people feel the exact same way.[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]

The Evolution of Glass Houses

October 18, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

Glass House Design and History

In 1949, when Phillip Johnson designed the world-famous glass house in New Canaan, Connecticut, it is doubtful he thought much about the adage, “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.” I doubt Mr. Johnson specified much in the way of thermal-pane glass, either.[read more]