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Architects, Doctors and the Importance of Urban and Building Design in Public Health

July 28, 2014 by David Thorpe

The American Institute of Architects wants doctors to wake up to the importance of building design on health. 

Architects and the public are waking up to the way building design, urban neighbourhood design and placemaking impact upon health and well-being, but doctors are lagging behind in making the connection, according to research sponsored by the American Institute of Architects.[read more]

Ecological Landscape Design for Urban Biodiversity, Ecological Education and Nature Restoration in Kyushu, Japan

July 28, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Japan and Urban Biodiversity

We have been designing school gardens, river banks, urban forests and city parks over the last 12 years. The aim of these projects is to create areas for children’s play, ecological education, and biodiversity preservation that can simultaneously form part of an ecological network in an urban area.[read more]

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Belo Horizonte Helps Namibian Mayors Pledge to End Hunger and Malnutrition

July 25, 2014 by David Thorpe

Windhoek's Cllr Agnes Kafula and Cllr Uilika Nambahu presenting the Final Declaration.

A declaration to end hunger in Namibia was adopted yesterday by mayors, policymakers, technicians, experts, and representatives of civil society organizations in Windhoek yesterday. The measures agreed, derived from experience in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, will act as a beacon to other developing countries where informal settlements are growing fast, and there is an urgent need to find sustainable means to feed their inhabitants.[read more]

What Tech Talent Shortage? Microsoft Trims 18,000 Employees From Payroll

July 22, 2014 by Jim Russell
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Microsoft Cuts and Talent Migration

The Tech Economy is dying. And by that, I mean the Innovation Economy (to stick with Enrico Moretti’s terminology in his book The New Geography of Jobs) is dying. The “Innovation Economy” is an epoch, following on the heels of agriculture and manufacturing.[read more]

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Neal Gorenflo on the Sharing Cities Network [WEBCAST]

July 21, 2014 by David Thorpe

Neal and his book Share or Die

In this video webcast David Thorpe talks to Neal Gorenflo, co-founder of shareable.net, a nonprofit with a mission to empower everyone to share for a more joyous, resilient, and equitable world. Its Sharing Cities Network connects local sharing grassroots activists around the world.[read more]

Why Some Modernist Homes Make Bad Neighbors

July 20, 2014 by Tazmine Loomans

Modern Houses and Neighborhood Style

I grew up as an architect loving modernism and its clean lines, its spartan rectilinear shapes and its honesty of materials. But now that I’ve gotten some distance from my modernism-centric education, I see how modernism can go wrong, especially on a residential scale in established neighborhoods.[read more]

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Obama Declares His Climate Change Resilience Strategy

July 17, 2014 by David Thorpe

President Obama has given more details of the $1 billion competitive fund for making American cities more resilient to the extremes of climate change. At the same time he took a swipe at his opponents in Congress who are opposing his measures to tackle global warming.[read more]

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ISO 14001 Revision Reaches Milestone in Updating Standard for Environmental Management

July 16, 2014 by David Thorpe

ISO 14001 EMS

A milestone has been reached in the development of a new draft of the standard many city administrations will be familiar with for helping to ensure the environmental quality of their infrastructure and operations: ISO 14001 for Environmental Management Systems (EMS).[read more]

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21 Features of the Future Sustainable City

July 15, 2014 by David Thorpe

Sustainability is about our children's children's lives.

We already have many of the ideas and inventions that are needed to make cities truly sustainable. Other ingredients are presently in development. In this article I make an attempt to summarise many of the key elements. In the comments section you are welcome to suggest more.[read more]

Affordable Housing: Geography of Supply and Demand

July 14, 2014 by Jim Russell

Geography and Housing and Supply and Demand

Consider a metro area, which is functionally defined in terms of commuting for work. The wages within the region act as a cap on the high-end of the real estate market. At a minimum, housing supply is responsive to population change. Less people need less housing.[read more]

Alabama Food Bank Focuses on Growing the Local Food System to Alleviate Hunger

Local Food, Local Hunger

“Our challenge is not only feeding people who are hungry today, but how do we work proactively to address the causes of hunger and poverty?” asks Kathryn Strickland, who works as the Executive Director of the Food Bank of North Alabama.[read more]

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New Alliance Links Sustainable Food to Solving Obesity Crisis

July 14, 2014 by David Thorpe

Square Meal report links Health and Well-Being with Food and Farming Policies

A new alliance of national environmental, nutrition and health groups is calling on local and national governments to show leadership by linking up policies on health and well-being with food and farming policies.[read more]