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Healthy Riverside Initiative Emphasizes Local Food, Looks to Make County #1 Place to Live in U.S.

Healthy Riverside

Local food and agriculture is a major component of the Healthy Riverside County Initiative, designed to assist residents of Riverside County, California live healthy lives. It began in 2011, when the Riverside County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution to encourage all county departments to support healthy lifestyles.[read more]

Why Toronto-Waterloo Needs All-Day Two-Way Urban Rail Service

April 18, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Toronto Rail Service

I stumbled upon an interesting article about the need for an all-day two-way rail service between Toronto and Waterloo. Along this corridor sits a technology ecosystem that is second in size only to San Francisco-Silicon Valley and that current connectivity levels represent a missed opportunity of epic proportions.[read more]

Learning from a Post-It Wall: Campus Clean Energy Conversations

April 18, 2015 by GBIG Insight

Campus Clean Energy

As our #cleanenergyu conversation gets underway again this Earth Month, students from across many campuses in the United States are sharing and discussing their visions for a 2025 clean energy future by convening post-it wall conversations.[read more]

Voices of the City: Bonnie Horbach

April 17, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Cape Town Voices

Bonnie Horbach was appointed as the Consul General for the Netherlands in Cape Town on the first of July 2013. She studied History and Law at the University of Amsterdam and lived and worked in a lot of different countries: the US, Ghana, Mali and Belgium.[read more]

Smoking Bans in Parks: Public Health in Public Places

April 17, 2015 by Bradley Calvert

The City of Seattle is currently floating the idea of banning smoking in public parks. This isn’t an unprecedented move, but it is an important one in advancing public health and making our public spaces a little more clean and pleasant. But some believe that this is policing the poor and targeting the homeless.[read more]

What Rio de Janeiro Looks like Through an 80 Megapixel Camera

April 17, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Rio in Deep Detail

Here’s a stunning time-lapse video of Rio de Janeiro that was shot with an 80 megapixel camera. It was done by LA-based photographer Joe Capra. As far as videos and photos go, it’s probably as close as you’re going to get to actually being there.[read more]

Cape Town: The City is Our Playground

April 17, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Urban Play in Cape Town

We’ve all hankered after a simpler, less stressful world. A world in which our every decision doesn’t feel like the end of the world, and where it is easier to acknowledge similarity than disparity. This yearning often takes me back to childhood.[read more]

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Webinar Round-up: What Makes a Smart City?

April 16, 2015 by David Thorpe

What makes a smart city? And is it truly sustainable?

A roundup of our recent webinar on Smart Cities, a successful discussion of many of the controversial aspects of smart cities. It looked at questions such as: what is a smart city? What about mobility? Should we believe the hype? Are smart cities sustainable cities? How can we be properly inclusive?[read more]

Let's Give a Damn about Gender Equity in Architecture

April 16, 2015 by Taz Loomans

Women in Architecture

Two weeks ago I was at an event where I was completely inspired and utterly disappointed at the same time. Design Museum Portland screened 'Making Space: 5 Women Changing the Face of Architecture' at the Hollywood Theater and by the end of it I felt like I could change the world.[read more]

Bringing Attention to the World's Endangered Markets

April 16, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Markets and Preservation

Public markets can be the social and economic heart of a city. While there continues to be tremendous energy and momentum around global market advocacy there are still many public markets throughout the world that are threatened by a variety of factors.[read more]

The Blossoming Murals Circuit of Sherbrooke, Quebec's East District

April 16, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Public Art in Quebec

The gigantic murals that have characterized Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada’s city center since 2002 are now taking over the city’s eastern side. Between now and the end of April 2015, ten works will be mounted on buildings on Rue King Est, between Bowen and 18th Avenue, in order to create the East Murals circuit.[read more]

10 Ways that Cities can Take Advantage of the Urban Manufacturing Revival

April 16, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Urban Manufacturing Revival

My good friends over at Distl here in Toronto have recently published their first Insight Report. It’s called Make This City: The State of Urban Manufacturing.' The report is 39 pages and is really well put together. There’s case studies spanning San Francisco to Toronto, and some great takeaways for city builders.[read more]