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What Is An All-Ages-Friendly City?

October 2, 2014 by David Thorpe

Towards the inter-generational city

Whatever an all-ages-friendly city is, we are going to need more of them. Cities in the developed world have an ageing population while others have a high proportion of children. Both sectors are unfortunately too often overlooked, and we are going to need to find ways to support them. But how?[read more]

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Bloomberg Donates $125 Million to Cut Traffic Deaths in Cities

October 1, 2014 by David Thorpe

Poorer cities to be the focus.

Cities are creating a culture where government innovation is an expectation, and where creativity is encouraged, according to Mike Bloomberg, who also announced that his organisation is to spend $125 million on programmes to reduce traffic deaths and injuries in 10 cities in low-and middle-income countries.[read more]

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WWF's Living Planet Report Paints Stark Picture of Unsustainable Development

September 30, 2014 by David Thorpe

A Signpost to One Planet Living

By expanding cities, cutting down forests and overfishing the seas, humanity has caused a 52% decline in the population of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish since 1970. This is the staggering and sobering headline fact to leap out of the latest Living Planet Report from WWF.[read more]

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Drive to End Ignorance on Energy Amongst Public and Professionals

September 29, 2014 by David Thorpe

Dr Kerry Mashford, CEO, National Energy Foundation

How much do you know about energy in buildings? According to a new poll, most people don't know nearly enough. So in the UK Dr Kerry Mashford, CEO, National Energy Foundation wants a national drive to increase understanding of energy use reduction, and your help is needed.[read more]

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British Regional Cities Tell London: "We Want To Be Free"

September 26, 2014 by David Thorpe

Core Cities cabinet members

Following the "no" vote in the referendum on Scottish devolution, eight English cities plus Glasgow in Scotland and Wales' capital, Cardiff, are demanding that much more power be devolved from London to unlock their economic potential.[read more]

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So What Really Came Out Of The Climate Summit?

September 25, 2014 by David Thorpe

Strong leadership requires action not just words.

After the euphoria has died down of the People's Climate March and the success of getting many world leaders to make statements about climate change in front of each other on Tuesday, many are now asking: what exactly has been achieved?[read more]

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UK's Most Congested City to Get Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Network

September 23, 2014 by David Thorpe

Artist impression of part of the scheme

Work should finally be getting underway soon for Bristol's £200 million ‘Metrobus’ bus rapid transit (BRT) network, following completion of all the relevant planning applications and an announcement of funding from central government. Bristol was named as the "most congested city in England" in the 2012 Congestion Index.[read more]

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City-dwellers Around The World Call on Politicians to Act on Climate Change

September 22, 2014 by David Thorpe

Peoples Climate March NYC 

According to CBS News there were 300,000. Marching, Singing, waving banners, taking over the whole of downtown Manhattan. Around the world, a total of 580,000 were estimated to have participated in demonstrations in 2,000 cities yesterday. Politicians are being scrutinized in advance of this week's crucial UN meeting.[read more]

Sustainability, Adaptation, Resilience, Building Integrated Agriculture and a Black Eye

September 22, 2014 by Oscar Rodriguez
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Urbanism and a Black Eye

If "resilience" is to be the next "thing" in climate change discourse, we should be aware that it implies a war-like footing. If climate change and resource constriction are challenges to be fought, we should be careful in our choice of "guard hands" and look to approaches that offer flexibility.[read more]

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Cities Poised for Historic Role in Global Climate Negotiations

September 19, 2014 by David Thorpe

Tues 23 Sept: a date for the planet.

Delegates from around the world will saturate New York City next week for the United Nations Climate Summit and the crucial task of settling out the detail of a global agreement to reduce the world's greenhouse gas emissions and tackle the urgent challenge of climate change.[read more]

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How Cities Will Feed Their Citizens in the Future

September 18, 2014 by David Thorpe

Fresh and local – grown in a warehouse

For the last week I have been posting articles describing highlights from the Vertical Farming and Urban Agriculture conference held at Nottingham University last week. In this article I will draw together all the threads and try to present a picture of how I now see that cities will feed themselves in the future.[read more]

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The World's First Commercial Rooftop Aquaponics Farm

September 17, 2014 by David Thorpe

Fish with salad anyone?

Aquaponics – aquaculture (fish farming) + hydroponics (growing plants without soil) – could furnish 12% of a person's diet per 3m2 of roofspace, according to a prototype study. It produces both edible fish and vegetables. The fish's waste feeds the plants and the plants clean the water for the fish. Perfect for urban growing.[read more]