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Energy Efficiency and Waste: Power for Your Pound

September 30, 2014 by Glenn Vowles

Energy Cost and Waste

Debates on UK energy policy focus almost exclusively on energy generation/production and often neglect even to mention energy saving and energy efficiency. It’s much cheaper to save energy and be efficient than it is to generate it.[read more]

Green vs. Grey: Every City is a Living Body

September 29, 2014 by Ivan Bruce
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Cities as Bodies

The thought that nature can also be an infrastructure is not new; nature can be harnessed to provide services within the urban environment, by reducing risk of flooding or excessive heat, or improving air quality. When nature is harnessed by people it is known as "green infrastructure."[read more]

Urban Farming Co. Takes Aquaponic Farming to Europe's Rooftops

September 25, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

European Rooftop Farming

UrbanFarmers is on a mission to bring commercial-grade urban farming to consumers hungry for fresh locally-grown produce, and it’s doing so from the rooftops. Based in Zürich, Switzerland, the company offers a brand of rooftop-based and modular growing systems using aquaponics.[read more]

Hive Farm Proposes Plug and Play Vertical Farming

September 24, 2014 by Tyler Caine

Verticle Farming Innovation

While the interest in the prospects of Vertical Farming have picked up over the last few years with the topic finding its way into more articles and design competitions, we have yet to see a corresponding surge in prototypes going into construction.[read more]

When Rent Control Goes Too Far

September 23, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly
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Rent Control Excess

I was catching up with a friend of mine over coffee this morning and he was telling me about his recent trip to Porto, Portugal. The center of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But he was also telling me how eerie it was to see so many abandoned and decaying buildings.[read more]

Athens is Building the World's Largest City Park

September 23, 2014 by Jillian Glover

Athens and Green Space Expansion

Athens has plans to finally provide its citizens with a source of respite, as it is poised to be home to the world’s largest city park. Hellenikon Metropolitan Park will be 2 million square meters, providing the city with the green space it desperately needs.[read more]

Debating Starchitecture: A Mile High View

September 22, 2014 by Dean Saitta

Starchitecture and Civic Space

Witold Rybczynski started the latest go-round over the issue with a recent piece for the New York Times Magazine. In the essay, Rybczynski laments the globalization of civic architecture by a handful of internationally known practitioners or “starchitects.”[read more]

Milan on Water: Navigli, the Planning Legacy of Leonardo da Vinci

September 21, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Water and Milan

The term “naviglio” is the Italian term for “canal.” Therefore, “Navigli” the plural of “naviglio,” is the name for the artificial canals of Milan. They were built between 1179 (Naviglio Grande) and the 16th century (Naviglio Martesana) with the purpose of making Milan accessible from the Ticino and Adda rivers.[read more]

A Preview Tour of London's Cheesegrater [VIDEO]

September 20, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Touring the Cheese Grater

Lead architect Graham Stirk, of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, takes us inside of one of the latest and largest additions to London’s skyline: ‘The Cheesegrater’ – aka the Leadenhall building. Standing at 225m, the Leadenhall Building will be the tallest office tower ever to be built in Britain.[read more]

The Futuristic, Sustainable Cities Inspired by Arcology

September 19, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ
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Futurism and Arcology

By 2050, the world’s population is estimated to grow to 9.6 billion, with 66% living in cities. How can we accommodate urbanization while avoiding costly urban sprawl that can lead to unequal access to transport and increased greenhouse gas emissions? The efficient, dense, self-contained cities of arcology.[read more]

Food, Flowers, and Friendships

September 18, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Community Gardens and Development

The SW Community Garden both feeds from and perpetuates this strong community feeling. It was the culmination of a year-long effort by a group of green-thumbed residents that had a common idea, and worked with the local government and local businesses to bring it to fruition.[read more]

City Issues are Environmental Issues, and Here's Why

September 15, 2014 by Kaid Benfield
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Urban Environmentalism

Cities need nature. But what is not so well understood is that nature also needs cities. There is simply no way we can protect and maintain a beautiful, thriving, natural and rural landscape outside of cities if we continue to spread highways and suburban sprawl across the countryside.[read more]