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What We Like - and Don't Like - About Our Cities

July 30, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

Liking and Not Liking City Life

 

American city dwellers place a high value on their cities’ food offerings, from restaurants to farmers’ markets. We also love historic buildings and good public spaces. Traffic, not so much. These findings are from a new study released last week by Sasaki Associates.[read more]

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Mahindra Becomes India's First City to Begin Transforming into a 'Green Township'

July 30, 2014 by David Thorpe

Mahindra World City

Mahindra World City has been named as India’s first township to be awarded with Stage I certification under the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) Green Townships Programme.[read more]

Re-Imagining Accra’s "Public Spaces"

July 29, 2014 by Victoria Okoye

Accra Public Spaces

Talented architects, designers and public space practitioners, green space enthusiasts, and everyday citizens dream of a greener Accra, one in which city parks, specifically, can become the norm. Like any growing, changing and developing city, Accra is evolving.[read more]

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Walkable Metro Areas Are More Productive & Command Higher Rental

July 29, 2014 by David Thorpe

Walkable is good.

A new report ranks the top 30 metropolitan areas in the USA on the amount of commercial development in Walkable Urban Places. It finds that higher education levels and one third higher GDP (Gross Domestic Product) per capita correlate with the provision of walkable places.[read more]

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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]

Adaptive Reuse of Former Breweries Brings Charm Back to Baltimore Neighborhoods

July 27, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Old Breweries in Baltimore

It’s hard to pass through Baltimore, Maryland without seeing a mural, billboard, or the giant winking head that symbolizes the once prominent brewing industry of the city’s history. Two of the largest breweries in the U.S. have remained beloved brands of the city even after closing their doors.[read more]

To Measure Summer Smog, Plant an Ozone Garden

July 27, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Ozone Gardens

Community Radio of Northern California asks: “What if you could look at the plants in your garden in order to learn if the air around you is clean or dirty?” Turns out the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, enables us to do just that with their new ozone garden.[read more]

Montreal, Quebec Welcomes Its First Parklet

July 26, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Montreal and Parklets

The borough of Plateau-Mont-Royal in Montreal has launched an unusual public development project; a parklet that is being developed. A concept inspired by cities such as San Francisco and Vancouver, parklets, or 'placottoirs' in French, are sitting and rest areas resembling outdoor terraces.[read more]

Customers Protest New Women-Only Cars on São Paulo Metro System

Women-Only Metro Cars

Are you in favor of women-only metro cars in a metro system? Public opinion is divided on a law that passed the Legislative Assembly of São Paulo (Alesp) and requires the Paulista Metropolitan Trains Company (CPTM) to build cars exclusively for female passengers.[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 Is the True Value of a Vacant or Abandoned Building?

July 24, 2014 by Audrey Henderson
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The Value of Vacant Spaces

Any real estate agent or Realtor can tell you that the three most important factors in determining the potential value of a particular parcel of real estate are, in order: location, location, location. Location can trump other aspects of a structure, including whether it is occupied and its state of (dis)repair.[read more]

People-Oriented Cities: Mixed-Use Development Creates Social and Economic Benefits

People Oriented City Value

Mumbai, India can be a commuter’s nightmare. Downtown sits a full ten miles from the residential core, and the two areas are poorly linked by public transport. Mumbaikars have the longest commute of any Indian city resident, averaging more than 47 minutes each way every day.[read more]