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What are Urban Design and Master Planning?

May 27, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

15 principles of wholeness in urban design

Urban Design and Master-planning defined in under 250 words each. The definitions will be used in an online application developed for the American Institute of Architects. Finding young, gifted and creative people who are willing to choose urban design as their profession is vitally important to the future well-being of the planet.[read more]

Diary of an Urban Wild Garden: The Beginning

May 26, 2015 by Kelly Brenner

How to get growing in your back yard: #1

Welcome to a new column, the Diary of an Urban Wild Garden, about a wildlife garden in Seattle, the design, how it’s doing, what I’m currently doing, what I see and more. It’s about time I started this, as the garden is now in its third year. This first post is an overview of what the yard was like in the beginning, and what we’ve done so far.[read more]

Why Architects Must Do More to Improve Housing for the Future City

May 26, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Young Urbanists of Cape Town

Architecture must move away from the glossy architecture we are fed daily, and grapple with the complex conditions that urban peripheries tend to present because everyone deserves good design. Report of a presentation by Luyanda Mpahlwa, of Design Space Africa and Alfredo Brillembourg of Urban Think Tank to a group of Young Urbanists,[read more]

Indoor Hydroponic Farming in Cities Means Organic Local Food

Pierre Sleiman, founder and CEO of Go Green Agriculture

A conference to discuss the potential of indoor farming in cities will see Pierre Sleiman, founder and CEO of Go Green Agriculture, an innovative company that grows local, premium quality leafy greens inside high-tech greenhouses using hydroponics, talk about “The Local Food Potential of Indoor Farming in Cities”.[read more]

Is Showing Kids Gut-Wrenching Cycle-Auto Crashes Really Going to Promote Safer Roads?

May 25, 2015 by Byron Kidd

Watching this will NOT make you want to ride a bike

Scared Straight cycling safety campaigns teach little about bicycle safety and make the actions of the motorist seem blameless. This account of a real 'educational' stunt-riding show for Japanese kids will certainly raise your eyebrows.[read more]

Everything You Wanted to Know About Tactical Urbanism

May 21, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Tactical Urbanism book cover

Tactical Urbanism: Short-term Action for Long-term Change, a new book by urban planners Mike Lydon and Anthony Garcia is the first book to really organize all the small fixes that seem to have spontaneously sprung up in so many communities in a way that everyone can understand: a lack of safe sidewalks or crosswalks; the absence of clear signage; the dearth of neighborhood parks and plazas, and the lack of community connection and solidarity.[read more]

How Would You Know If Your City or Community Was Resilient?

May 20, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Hurricane Sandy was a game changer.

How do you measure resilience in cities? How would you know if your city or your community was resilient? A selection of answers from ecologists and other specialists and experts from around the world.[read more]

Where is Walking in the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

May 18, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

The SDGs need to promote walking and currently don't

This September the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will set the new strategic framework for all UN member states to inform their political agendas and policy initiatives over the next 15 years. While walking will underpin attempts to achieve many of the targets outlined in the Goals, walking is actually absent from them. Why?[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]

Revealed: Best and Worst US Cities for Income and Social Mobility – and Why

May 6, 2015 by Bradley Calvert
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Income and Mobility

The Equality of Opportunity Project at Harvard University recently released a very fascinating study on the economic opportunities of children. The study looks at where children grow up and what their anticipated income will be once they are older.[read more]

Café Smart, and the Current State of Smart Cities

May 6, 2015 by Vitor Pereira

Smart Cities and Citizens in Spain

This is the current state of smart cities, found in Valladolid, NW Spain's Citizen Engagement initiative: Café Smart. It's totally mainstream, open and crosses all economic and social classes. It's a colourful palette. Replete with patterns and each with its function, and expectations that are sometimes quite different from each other.[read more]

Racial Segregation and Income Inequality in American Cities

May 5, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Addressing Urban Inequality

There are significant racial income gaps in the United States. According to City Observatory, the average black household earns 42% less than the average white household in America. This goes a long way towards explaining events like those that have recently beset Baltimore.[read more]