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The Futuristic, Sustainable Cities Inspired by Arcology

September 19, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

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]

Casa Futebol: Transforming Brazil's Empty Stadiums into Housing

September 13, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Futebol and Housing

What should we do with the infrastructure built on the occasion of a major sporting event such as the soccer World Cup? This question seems to arises each time, whether about the Olympic Games or any other international competition.[read more]

Are We Living up to Our Design Promises?

September 13, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Design Promise

Though environmental, social, and economic performance goals are often identified during planning and design stages of landscape projects, most lack effective post-construction monitoring and observation to determine if — and how well — project’s design goals are being met.[read more]

Inventive New Designs for D.C.'s 11th Street Bridge Park

September 12, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

D.C. Bridge Design

Six months ago, an exciting national design competition was launched for the 11th Street Bridge Park in Washington, D.C. Expected to cost upwards of $40 million, the new bridge park will run 900 feet over the foundation of an old freeway spanning the Anacostia River.[read more]

Can Local, Urban Agriculture Scale? Chicago Hydroponics Farm Says 'Yes'

September 10, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Scaling Urban Agriculture

Sustainable growing methods are actually part of the very fiber of Urban Till’s operations, but the Chicago-based hydroponics farm isn’t an outgrowth of the organic food movement. In fact, it actually has roots in the traditional food industry.[read more]

Sweden Recycling 99% of its Garbage - Really? [VIDEO]

September 10, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Sweden and Recycling

For years, I’ve told people that “reduce, reuse, recycle” is more than an alliterative phrase; it’s also a hierarchy for how to deal with waste. Repurposing, upcycling, and recycling are all great practices that we want to encourage… but, first, we should focus on reducing the amount of waste we create.[read more]

A Plan to Rebuild Valparaíso, Chile After a Disastrous Fire

September 9, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Urban Disaster and Recovery

The College of Architects of Valparaíso submitted a proposal for a new urban plan to Andrés Silva. The proposal seeks to re-direct local streams and create ​​a Metropolitan Park. The approval of such a plan is one of the last steps in the reconstruction effort after a major fire engulfed the city last April.[read more]

A New Design for RDP Housing in South Africa?

September 7, 2014 by Future Cape Town

RDP Housing in South Africa

Less is more. A classic phrase that is so often overlooked or ignored by so many. Cue Cape Town-based architectural student, Lawden Holmes. Competitive by nature, Lawden has adopted the ‘less is more’ approach with his new concept − Embracing Informality: a sustainable alternative to the RDP.[read more]

Olafur Eliasson's Riverbed Brings a River Indoors

September 6, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Indoor River

The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark is considered a milestone of modern Danish design, noted for its synthesis of art, architecture, and landscape. Now, a new exhibition from artist Olafur Eliasson seeks to blur these boundaries even further with Riverbed.[read more]

The New Is Well Forgotten Old: Scandinavian Vernacular Experience on Biodiverse Green Roofs

September 6, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Scandinavia and Green Roofs

Green roofs are becoming more popular around the globe and are considered to be a very progressive landscape design devise in urban areas. The green roof has become fashionable, it's considered as one of the “compulsory” sustainable buildings features and an important part of urban green infrastructure.[read more]