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A Time-Lapse of the Urban Explosion in Dubai [VIDEO]

May 15, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Urban Growth in Dubai

I’ve only been to Dubai once. I had a lot of fun, but it’s not my favorite city in the world. That’s largely because I tend not to be drawn to cities where you feel like you need to drive in order to properly experience it. This time-lapse video sure makes the city look cool. But sustainable?[read more]

The Seed Exchange Library That Fought the Law and Won

Seeds and Agriculture Regulations

Minnesota’s first public seed library came to the attention of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture after the story broke in the media in late 2014 – but not in a good way.It had broken the law. This is the story of how supporters fought to get the law changed so it could continue its good work.[read more]

Designing Safer Cities for Children

Children and Safety in Urban Spaces

When you consider the global statistics, it’s no surprise that this year’s U.N. Global Road Safety Week focuses on children’s safety. According to a 2008 World Health Organization (WHO) report, 21 percent of all road traffic-related fatalities worldwide were among children under the age of 18.[read more]

The Unfinished City

May 13, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Does unfinished mean resilient?

The opposite of a city that is never finished would be a city like Paris that feels a bit like a monument that is now done and shouldn’t be touched anymore. It’s a city that almost feels too precious to intervene in. This is obviously not the case for all of Paris, but I think you get the point.[read more]

The Michael Jackson Impersonator with an Important Lesson in Public Space

May 13, 2015 by This Big City

Doing Michael Jackson in Baltimore

While the main lesson from the recent tragic events in Baltimore is about responsible policing, there’s another. During the community protests after Freddie Gray’s death one man jumped out between police and protestors and launched into a convincing Michael Jackson dance impersonation. This can yield an important lesson in public space.[read more]

City of São Paulo, Brazil Launches Ban on Traditional Plastic Bags

Urban Plastic Bag Ban

Traditional white plastic bags distributed in Brazilian supermarkets are now prohibited by law in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. The new bags were inspired by international standards and these bags could be replicated in other parts of the country.[read more]

Does Knowing Your Neighbours Make You Happier?

May 12, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Knowing Your Neighbors

I am lucky to have good neighbors. If anything were to happen to my family or my home, I know I could ask these people for help and I have in the past. Having that security in my community makes me happy and I am not the only one who feels that way.[read more]

How Seattle Balances Nature and the Built Infrastructure (Part 2)

May 12, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Layering Nature in Seattle

How Seattle has long been an innovator in layering built and natural infrastructure to fully complement each other. Over the past few decades, the city has taken advantage of all that rain so ever-present greenery seems to equal — if not dominate — the roads, bridges, and buildings.[read more]

Making Cities Safer by Design: A Conversation with Jan Gehl and Ani Dasgupta

An interview with Jan Gehl and Ani Dasgupta

An interview with Jan Gehl, renowned architect and urban designer, and Ani Dasgupta, Global Director of WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. Their conversation explored why growing cities worldwide need to prioritize moving people over cars, and how a safer city for children is ultimately a safer city for all.[read more]

Laneway Housing has Potential to be an Affordable Low-Rise Housing Solution

May 12, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Laneway Housing In Toronto

I believe that laneway housing has the potential to be a more affordable low-rise housing solution in Toronto, as well as in many other cities around the world which have a similar urban condition. Laneway housing is becoming an incredibly popular topic here. A big part of this has to do with affordability, or the perception of affordability.[read more]

Eco-Innovation: Barcelona Calling

May 11, 2015 by Clare Taylor

Barcelona, Spain is hosting a major forum on eco-innovation coming this month. And with five Spanish nominees for prestigious environmental management awards to be held during the forum, local eco-entrepreneurs are set to shine at the event.[read more]

Top 4 Portuguese Smart Cities: Bragança, Lisbon, Oporto, and Oeiras

May 11, 2015 by Vitor Pereira

Smart Cities in Portugal

A recent study, presented in Lisbon at the Analytical Cities event, presents an independent evaluation tool for good practices in energy, environment, government, mobility, buildings, services and communication. It places Bragança, Lisbon, Oporto and Oeiras at the top 4 intelligent cities in Portugal.[read more]