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No Innovation Without Migration: Do Places Make People?

September 17, 2014 by Jim Russell

Relation of Innovation and Migration

Place happens when people reside in a geographic space. People make places. On the other hand, do places make people? The bigger the city, the greater the innovation rate. Mathematics tells us that. The number crunching doesn’t explain why we observe a certain quality of place associated with innovative activities.[read more]

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Cityfood: Encouraging Urban Agriculture and Forestry in Developing Countries

September 16, 2014 by David Thorpe

Support for urban growing programmes

"You can't separate the sustainability of the city from its hinterlands," says Henk de Zeeuw. He works for the RUAF Foundation http://www.ruaf.org/, a global network in the field of (intra- and peri-) Urban Agriculture and City Region Food Strategies, and Cityfood, an initiative to support cities that want to start urban growing and local food programs.[read more]

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'Do Highly Creative People Move More than Others, or Does Moving make People more Creative?'

September 15, 2014 by Jim Russell

Do creative people make the place, or does the place make creative people? Immigrant gateway cities in any country also double as national cultural centers. Immigrants, more than other movers, end up in dense hotbeds of innovation. I could endlessly chase my own tail in a game of chicken-or-egg.[read more]

The Link Between Education and Sustainable Living in Brazil

September 14, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Education and Sustainability Links in Brazil

The undeniable fact is that we are in a situation of environmental and social alarm because the teaching methods used in recent centuries have evolved relatively little compared to other sciences, and failed to prepare society for sustainable living.[read more]

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UN Online Course in Sustainable Urban Mobility in Developing Countries

September 12, 2014 by Améline Peterschmitt

Learn online

The rapid and often unplanned and uncoordinated growth of cities has significantly increased the challenge of creating new transportation systems, especially in developing countries. To learn more about urban transport planning, register now for the UN's e-learning course on Sustainable Urban Mobility in Developing Countries, starting soon.[read more]

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How Singapore and Japan are Feeding Cities with Low Carbon Indoor Farms

September 12, 2014 by David Thorpe

Jack Ng, founder of Sky Urban Solutions

Dramatically reduced energy use in a water-powered vertical farm. 7,000 lettuces per square meter per year. How Singapore and Japan are leading the way in urban, indoor agriculture.[read more]

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Launch of the international Centre for Urban Agriculture in Nottingham

September 11, 2014 by David Thorpe

Location of the new Centre

The Centre for Urban Agriculture is a new initiative in Nottingham University, a partnership with its academic collaborators in China and Malaysia, set up to address the issue of food security and urban agriculture, launched at the International Conference on Vertical Farming and Urban Agriculture yesterday.[read more]

No Innovation Without Migration: 'Most Migrants Only Proceed a Short Distance, and Toward Centers of Absorption'

September 11, 2014 by Jim Russell

Migration Movements

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Long-distance migration is remarkable, the exception to the rule, an actual “law” of migration. Why are large, dense cities typically centers of innovation and creativity? Most migrants only proceed a short distance, and toward centers of absorption.[read more]

No Innovation Without Migration: Breaking Convention

September 9, 2014 by Jim Russell

Migration and Innovation

Concerning innovation geography, what does “breaking convention” mean? Conventional theory has large dense cities associated with creativity. Large dense cities do support a significant concentration of innovation. But how do large dense cities foment innovation? Short answer, we don’t know.[read more]

San Francisco's Mission District: The Controversial Gentrification

September 8, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid
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Gentrification in the Mission

 

A walk through San Francisco’s historic Mission District is typically charged with the activity of crowded sidewalk fruit markets, lively music, and the smells from taquerías and pupusas. While this energy is still present, it is steadily being muted by the invasion of San Francisco’s love and woe: the “techie.”[read more]

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Renewable Energy Toolkit for Enterprises

September 5, 2014 by David Thorpe

Solar thermal works well in cities. What else does?

The Institute for Sustainability has launched a free toolkit that can apply to urban areas which shows the opportunities that arise from using renewable energy and low carbon markets. Although targeted at the South East of England, much of this information is useful in most parts of the world.[read more]

No Innovation Without Migration

September 4, 2014 by Jim Russell

Populations and Innovation

I regret taking on the Jane Jacobs urbanist cult. Jacobs advanced a normative geography worthy of admonition. However, my assault on her good name overshadowed a point I was trying to make. I could have made that point without mentioning her.[read more]